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Economic Issues in North America - JMM529
Anglický název: Economic Issues in North America
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015 do 2015
Semestr: letní
Body: 8
E-Kredity: 8
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 50 / 50 (50)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mgr. et Mgr. Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mgr. et Mgr. Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (24.02.2017)

The course will focus on the pressing economic issues within the North American regional context and also consider their wider implications for the world economy.
The 2017 syllabus of this course is available at Moodle system, https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=5208
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: KOZAK (23.02.2009)

The course aims to introduce the students to main economic issues relevant for the North American regional context and make them realize their social as well as political implications.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (24.02.2017)

See the moodle website https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=5208

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: KOZAK (23.02.2009)

Lecture combined with a seminar, active participation of students.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (24.02.2017)

Course description:
The course will focus on the pressing economic issues within the North American regional context and also consider their wider implications for the world economy. Emphasis will be on political and social consequences of various economic issues.

Course requirements:

1. Active participation, including thorough preparation for each class - 5%

Students are required to read and discuss assigned texts. The texts are either available online (if there is a link in the syllabus) or in a Moodle module, accessible through http://dl.cuni.cz. Your login and password should be the same as into the SIS system. Enrollment key for this class is "ilikeeconomy".

Furthermore, students are required to read and discuss the weekly newsletter concerning current developments in US as well as world economy.

2. Economic newsletter - 5%

Each student will put together one economic newsletter and send it to the class no later than SUNDAY night before the Tuesday class.

Student responsible for the newsletter should select one mandatory article, which everybody in the class should read and be ready to discuss it at the beginning of the class. Student preparing the newsletter will also come up with two to three questions for the class already with the newsletter. He/she should also research some elementary background for the topic covered in the mandatory article. 

The student responsible for the newsletter will have to explain why he/she chose the article and moderate a short discussion in the class, based on the prepared questions and his/her knowledge of the context.

Recommended sources: The Economist, The New York Times, Business Week, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Al-Jazeera, La Jornada, El Financiero, Nexos, Globe and Mail, Devoir. For articles in Spanish or French, provide a Google translation link.

3. Tracking of a selected asset - 5%

Each student shall by the second week choose one tradable asset where to put fictional 1,000,000 USD. The asset has to be either a stock of a publicly traded company, a currency, a financial instrument or a commodity. The student should follow closely the movement of the price of the selected asset and the underlying causes for the fluctuations and be ready to report on it in the middle of the course. At the end of the course, the student will briefly orally comment what happened with respect to the price of the asset, including plausible explanations. Students who will make more than 4% will get a further 2% bonus. A wrtitten report on asset tracking of 3600 characters in lenght is to be submitted by June 1st, 2017.

4. Bonus reading correspondent 5%

Each student shall prepare one additional reading for one of the topics covered in the classes. She will briefly present the bonus reading in the class, focusing on the main thesis and the most relevant arguments supporting it.


5. Written assignment based on the bonus correspondent report (30%)

Option A:

Each student shall write a paper on the bonus correspondent reading of his choice. The focus shall be on the presentation of the main idea (1 page), providing necessary context for the reading including state of the art (1 page), critical analysis of the main arguments (1 page) and major implications and conclusions derived from the close critical reading of the text (1 page). Provide simple references when appropriate.

Minimum length: 14400 characters with spaces. 

Option B: Economic book review (30 %)

You may choose any recently published book on the course Bibliography or in our Library relevant the course or from the list of newly aquired books (those books that do not appear on the course Bibliography should be submitted for our approval) and write a book review of 4 pages minimum (7200 characters with spaces). For the purposes of this assignment, a book will be defined as several chapters in a book (usually the introduction, conclusion, and at least two from the middle). A book review is not the same thing as a book report, which simply summarizes the content of a book. When writing a book review, you not only report on the content of the book but also assess its strengths and weaknesses. Though there is no "correct" way to structure a review, the following is one possible approach.

Summarize the book and relate the author's main point, or thesis. What are the questions that the book tries to answer? (Somewhere early in the paper, identify the author briefly.) Describe the author's viewpoint and purpose for writing; note any aspects of the author's background that are important for understanding the book. Note the most important evidence the author presents to support his or her thesis. Evaluate the author's use of evidence, and describe how he or she deals with counter evidence. Is the book's argument convincing? If so why, if not, why not. Cite examples from the text. Compare this book with other books or articles you have read on the same subject. Conclude with a final evaluation of the book. You might discuss who would find this book useful and why. (This text and more tips for how to write book reviews are available at http://courses.washington.edu/tande/book_reviews.htm).

Deadline: June 1st, 2017.

6. Final exam - 50%

In the first part, students will have to provide definitions for basic terms and concepts (e.g. current account balance, Laffer's curve, Gini coefficient), the second part will contain questions focusing on the assigned readings (e.g. What is Naomi Klein's opinion about moving inefficient factories from the U.S. to other countries? Do you agree with her analysis?) and the last part will contain a choice among three more general questions which will require a longer analytical response based on thorough understanding of the course materials.

A minimum score to pass the exam is 60%.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (24.02.2017)



21.2. Introduction - Kozak, Firtova
28.2. USD and U.S. economy - Firtova
7.3. US Budget - Kozak
14.3. Role of the Federal Reserve and U.S. Monetary policy - Firtova
21.3. Great Recession: Obama's economic policy - Kozak
28.3. Trade Policy:CETA, TTIP - Firtova
4.4.  Mexico:NAFTA - Kozak
11.4.  Chimerica - Firtova
18.4. Auto-Industry - Kozak
25.4 Agriculture - Firtova
2.5. Energy - Kozak
9.5. Canada - lecture by prof. Vaillancourt - Firtova
16.5. Services and Retail - Kozak


Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: KOZAK (23.02.2009)

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