- This unit provides 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial
- The timetable for lectures and tutorials can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/ Consult this website for times and locations of tutorials.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
As an applied unit, we will be looking at specific models as they are used in practice, in real world policy making, rather than drawing upon a theoretical text. Access to the textbook for ECON204:
Olivier Blanchard & Jeffrey Sheen, Macroeconomics, Pearson (either the 3rd Australasian edition, 2009, or the 4th Edition 2013)
would be useful but is not essential, as all the models discussed in the Unit will be presented in full in the lectures. Other readings will be supplied online or by the lecturer.
Often when we want you to read a certain article, you will need to find it through the Library. A particularly valuable source for this Unit is the Econlit database, available from the Library online. Go to the Library homepage from the Macquarie University website (it is best to do this from an on-campus computer, to ensure access) and you’ll see the following:
Books, articles and...(more) Databases Unit readings Past exam papers
Click the second option “Databases” and enter the name Econlit. This will lead you to the Econlit hyperlink; click on it and you will enter the Econlit search page. You can commence a search using the three search boxes in the top left corner (you can add additional rows as necessary). As an example, enter the words “Keynes”, “Britain” and “Depression” (one word in each row; no need at this stage to specify the field). It is likely that at the top of the list you will find:
Esslinger, H.U. (1996) “More of Keynes and Less of Milton Friedman: Sir Hans Singer’s Contributions to Economics”, Review of Political Economy, October, Issue 4, Volume 8, pp. 367-78.
This is a typical, refereed academic journal article, of the type upon which you will rely when studying this unit and others like it.
Note that below the title you might find a hyperlink to a pdf file of the full text of the article. If you find the article listed in Econlit, but without the link to the pdf file, then make note of the Date, Volume, and Issue of the article you want, in this case October 1996, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 367-78. Then go back to the Library homepage and enter some key words into the Books, Articles and... link (for example try Esslinger Review of Political Economy). You should find the same article by this route, using more exact details such as Volume and Issue if necessary.
Technology Used and Required
- Much of the unit’s material will be available at its ilearn website.
- Access to Powerpoint software would also be an advantage.
Unit Web Page
Lecture and tutorial material as well as up to date information concerning any aspect of the unit, including any changes to the schedule, will be available to students by logging on to iLearn at http://learn.mq.edu.au.