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Explicit Syllabus

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
What is the Explicit Syllabus for Economics?
Where is Economics?

2. What is Economics?
Economic Puzzles: Examples
Scarcity: Life and Economics are About Choices
The Big Three Questions: The Scope of Economics
Economics is a Theoretical Science
Why Study Economics?

3. Core Competencies
Objectives of a BA
Objectives of an Economics Major

4. Career Profile
Career Foundation
Careers as Economists

5. Economics Programs at a Glance
BA in Economics
BA Honours in Economics
BA in Economics and Society
Concentration in Applied Energy Economics
Cooperative Education Programs
Joint Programs

6. Degree Requirements for the BA in Economics
Economics Requirements
External Requirements

7. Economics Curriculum
Understanding the Economics Curriculum
Fields in Economics
Recommended Options
The Learning Environment

8. Other Program Options
Economics and Society
Cooperative Education in Economics
Applied Energy Concentration
Summer Internships in Regulatory Economics
Service to Non-Majors

9.  Faculty Research Interests

Robert Mundell on Economics
"It keeps cropping up all over the place. There is an economics of money and trade, of production and consumption, of distribution and development. There is also an economics of welfare, manners, language, industry, music, and art. There is an economics of war and an economics of power. There is even an economics of love.

Economics seems to apply to every nook and cranny of human experience. It is an aspect of all conscious action. Whenever alternatives exist, life takes on an economic aspect. It has always been so. But how can it be?

It can be because economics is more than just the most developed of the sciences of control. It is a way of looking at things, an ordering principle, a complete part of everything. It is a system of thought, a life game, an element of pure knowledge."

Robert Mundell is a Canadian economist, winner of the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Economics. He is affiliated with Columbia University in New York, NY.

Version 16
Approved in principle by the Department of Economics (April 4, 2001) and by the Academic Planning Committee (May 8, 2001); approved by the Department of Economics June 11, 2001 and by the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Review and Program Committee (June 13, 2001).

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