Economics 4381-501


Course Syllabus

Fall 2005

Dr. Susan Dadres (sdadres@ I will provide my UTD email and office information when I have it You can reach me at SMU (or leave voicemail) 214-768-3288 The Worldly Philosophers, 7th ed., by Robert L. Heilbroner


This class is designed for non-majors, so class lectures will include some basic economics (both microeconomics and macroeconomics) not found in the book. You will be tested over basic economic principles as well as the material presented in The Worldly Philosophers. Exams will include multiple choice, true/false, graphing questions, and short answer questions. Some questions will test your knowledge of economic principles and others will test your knowledge of the lives and contributions of the great economists. A class such as this typically involves a lot of discussion and submission of a lengthy research paper, but the class size is too large for the typical approach. Therefore, classes meetings will include lecture (with questions and comments encouraged) as well as some time spent in small discussion groups. I will give you questions to discuss in groups and I will need to collect written answers to some of these questions to ensure that everyone gets credit for attendance and participation. Over the course of the semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in 12 discussion groups and to submit 12 Group Assignments, but I will only count your 10 best grades in this average. Your average on Group Assignments will be worth 25 percent of your class average. The rest of your class average is based on your three exam grades (25 percent each) . Exam I Exam II Final Exam Tuesday, September 20: covers material presented in lectures 8/23 – 9/13 and Chapters 1 – 4 Tuesday, October 25: covers material presented in lectures 9/27 – 10/18 and Chapters 5 – 8 Tuesday, November 29: covers material presented in lectures 11/1 – 11/22 and Chapters 9 - 11

Your four grades are averaged to find your course grade, using the following scale: 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, 0-59% = F Miscellaneous Information: You may request a grade of Incomplete in the course only if at least one-half of the work has been completed with a passing grade and an emergency prevents you from completing the remainder. The last day to drop a class is Thursday, October 20th and it is your responsibility to formally drop the class if you want to receive a grade of “WP” (if you simply stop attending, you will receive a grade of F). See me on or before the drop date if you are concerned about your performance and want information on your standing.

All class meetings are in MC 2.410, 7:00 – 9:45 p.m. Exams are also in MC 2.410 and will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. You will be given 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete your exam (so exams are collected at 8: 45 p.m.) UNLESS you require extended time. If you need academic accommodations for a disability, such as extended testing time, please meet with me to make appropriate arrangements.

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