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Poslední úprava: Mgr. Petr Janský, M.Sc., Ph.D. (24.01.2018)
Principles of Economics II
Summer Semester 2018, JEB102
Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences
This course introduces economic thinking and basic principles of macroeconomics for economics students as well as for non-economists.
Principles of Economics II is an introductory economics course with lectures and seminars for students of: Bachelor in Economics and Finance (mandatory course), Bachelor of Science in Economics (mandatory course, an alternative is Ekonomie II), International Economic and Political Studies and students of any other degree at Charles University with an interest in economics or economic policy.
Please sign up for the course and select one of the seminars in the Student Information System.
The course begins with the first lecture on Tuesday, 20th February at 11 am in room no. 109, while the first seminars are taking place during the afternoon on Wednesday, 21st February. The location of all lecture and seminar rooms is at the Institute of Economic Studies at Opletalova 26, Praha.
Lectures and seminars
At lectures, students learn about the principles of macroeconomics in a way that prepares them for further study of economics as well as their future professional careers. In addition to the lecturer, Petr Janský, guest lecturers are invited to contribute to the lectures and thus enrich the course.
In each week, the four seminars are taught by one of the seminar tutors. Miroslav Palanský is coordinating the seminars and is responsible for final exams, with which other instructors help out. Hana Moravcová is responsible for Aplia. Please do not hesitate to contact them in case you have questions related to these issues.
Requirements and assessment
Students attend lectures and seminars, which are organised for their benefit. Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the semester so that teaching in ongoing seminars and lectures can be improved. Experience shows that there is a strong positive correlation between attendance at lectures and seminars and good results in exams.
Students can choose between two main alternatives for final examination. Students can decide either to sit in for an exam at the end of the semester (100 % of the grade) or to combine the exam (70 %) with assignments mainly in an online Aplia system during the semester (30 %). The exam is a test that includes various questions such as problem sets and multiple choices (for which students can prepare at seminars). Aplia assignments are submitted on a weekly basis (more on Aplia and how to purchase it is at the end of the syllabus for the Principles of Economics I course). In case Aplia would worsen the grade, only the exam’s result is taken into account. For both Aplia and the exam, the grading follows this simple rule: the total number of points received is divided by the maximum number of points that could have been received.
Additionally, it is possible for the instructors to award extra points for extraordinary activity of students during seminars (a maximum of 0.5 percentage point per session and 5 percentage points during the whole course) that count as percentage points towards the grade in addition to those outlined above.
The grading follows these rules. Students’ total points obtained correspond to the grades A-F according to the following schedule: A: 100-90; B: 89.9-80; C: 79.9-70; D: 69.9-60; E: 59.9-50; F (Fail): 49.9 and less.
The course follows the material that is present in almost identical form in either of the following two textbooks: Mankiw, N.G., Taylor, M.P.: Economics (the chapter numbers in the weekly schedule below relate to this textbook’s 3rd version) or Mankiw, N.G..: Principles of Economics. In addition to attending lectures and seminars, students are encouraged to read one of these textbooks. There are a number of copies of these textbooks available in the IES library (and some in the CERGE-EI library). The supporting web pages of this course include the webpage of the Principles textbook, which has useful student hand-outs and other student resources. Also, there is a Czech-English dictionary specifically designed for you by one graduate of the Principles course, Michal Spišiak. It includes a translation of every key word from the Principles textbook and you can access it at http://dictionary.fsv.cuni.cz.
Please note that a number of other introductory economics texts provide almost equivalent service to the student as the above listed textbooks. Especially, please consider visiting the webpage of CORE with an excellent free online textbook.