Office Hours: J. Bradford DeLong's office hours for undergraduates will start January 26, 2016, and will be Tuesday 9-11 in Evans Hall 591.
Before the Course Begins:
- Read the very short: Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 0192853457). (2007):
- Come to your first section prepared to discuss the book.
- FIRST SECTION MEETINGS WILL BE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: there are no Monday or Tuesday sections the week of January 18, 2016
- YOU MUST ATTEND YOUR FIRST SECTION MEETING: if you fail to attend, you will be sent back to the waitlist
- There is a Course Syllabus document: READ IT!
- There is a Course Policies document: READ IT!
Useful Resources to Keep at Your Fingertips:
- Econ 1 Questions at Piazza http://piazza.com: https://piazza.com/class/ijbycscre596wc
- Econ 1 Chat: https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1411451/external_tools/24485
- Econ 1 Announcements: https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1411451/announcements
- http://amzn.to/1Zpuoj5 (New York: McGraw-Hill: 9781259897580) be sure to order and buy ISBN 9781259897580 from the Berkeley bookstore : Principles of Economics
- http://amzn.to/1ZpuFCQ (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 9780192853455) (2007): Economics: A Very Short Introduction
- http://amzn.to/1NbvEPU (New York: Mariner Books: 9780156334600) (1970): Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
- http://amzn.to/234zCph (New York: Between the Lines: 9781897071069) (2006): No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart: The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice
- i>Clicker+ Student Remote http://amzn.to/1ZpvkEe (New York: W.H. Freeman: 9781464120152)
Responsibility: You are responsible for knowing what is in this document.
Introduction to Economics Course: This is one of the two introductory courses to economics we are giving this semester. This is the go-slower-do-less course. Econ 2 is the go-faster-do-more course. This course's topics include: economic modeling; allocation of resources; firm decision-making; imperfect competition; economic analysis of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth; the role of government in the domestic economy; international trade and finance; and U.S. economic policies of the last quarter century.
- 40%: Problem Sets: 4% each: 9 problem sets plus one short essay--perfect (4); good effort (3); effort (2); late but before answers distributed (1).
- 30%: Final Exam
- 15%: Midterm Exam
- 9%: Lecture iClicker points--0.5% per class up to a maximum of 18 classes
- 5%: Section Contribution--to the extent that you contribute to the learning of other students in your section
- 1%: Introductory 250-word letter to GSI on time and informative
Expect the median grade in the course to be a relatively high B. It will be higher if the class as a whole does well in our estimation, and lower if...
Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative: As part of Berkeley's Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI), the Economics Department has developed learning goals for the Economics major at: http://emlab.berkeley.edu/econ/ugrad/ugrad_goals.shtml. The specific learning goals which this course aims to achieve are:
- CT1: understand everyday economic problems,
- CT2: use economic theory to understand and evaluate policy proposals,
- PS1: solve problems with clear solutions,
- CS1: communicate effectively about economic issues, and
- LL3: understand the economic news.
But that is not terribly helpful, is it?
The learning goal for this course is economic literacy. At the end of the course, students should be able to take any article about the economy in, say, the Financial Times or the Economist or the San Francisco Chronicle or the New York Times, determine what assertions it is making about how the economy works and what the current state of the economy is, break down those assertions, use economic logic and economic models and economic data to analyze them, and conclude whether and under what conditions the arguments of the article make sense.
Enrollment Policies: To maximize efficiency in this sorting process, the Economics Department relies completely on TeleBears for enrollment purposes. To add the course, first check the online schedule of classes http://schedule.berkeley.edu to see which sections have space and then access TeleBEARS. Your chances are better if you choose a section that is underenrolled. If you are already on the waiting list but want to change your section choice, simply access TeleBEARS and use the change section option. Do not drop yourself from the course wait list, or you will lose your place “in line.” YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE COURSE AND HAVE TO RE-ADD IT FROM SCRATCH IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SECTION YOU ARE IN ON EITHER 1/20 W OR 1/21 TH.
If you want to change your section choice, access TeleBEARS and choose the “change section” option. GSIS HAVE NO CONTROL OR INFLUENCE AT ALL OVER THE ENROLLMENT SYSTEM.
Communication: All announcements will be sent via the "Announcements" tool of bCourses. Check bCourses frequently. Be sure your email address registered with the University is correct, your spam filters are not set too tight, and that your inbox is not full.
No announcements are made in lecture. If you would like to submit a written announcement that can be emailed to all Econ 1 students, you should send it to email@example.com, including the name of the student seeking to make the announcement with contact information. Instructors reserve the right to determine whether the announcement is relevant to and to edit all submitted announcements.
Any and all emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org relevant to Econ 1 need to have “Econ 1--Spring 2016:” at the start of the subject heading. One of the glories of our modern communications technologies is that everybody in the world can potentially speak to anybody they wish. One of the curses of our modern communications technologies is that everybody in the world can potentially speak to anybody they wish.
Piazza: We will use Piazza https://piazza.com/class/ijbycscre596wc for questions & answers. In lieu of emailing questions, post your questions on Piazza. Everyone then has the opportunity to answer your question. Answers can be edited, wiki fashion. The instructors can give a ‘thumbs up’ to good student answers. Others with the same question can see the conversation and chime in. At the end of the term, students whose questions or answers receive the largest number of “good” votes from classmates and instructors will receive a few extra credit points. If you didn’t receive a welcome email from Piazza, sign up at http://piazza.com/berkeley/fall2015/econ1
Doing Your Own Work: Cooperation in doing problem sets is encouraged. You may work with other students on the problem sets, but your answers must be in your own words. Asking friends or classmates for advice on revising essays is encouraged. Problem set solutions will be posted on the course website.
Handing in others’ work--work either for this class or for other purposes—as your own for a problem set or an essay is not OK. You may not prepare “group answers” nor post your answer to Piazza. If you copy someone else’s answer or prepare or post group answers, that is cheating. Cheating off of others during exams is not OK. Knowingly allowing others to cheat off of you during exams without bringing the matter immediately to the instructors' attention is not OK. In fairness to students who put in an honest effort, cheaters will be harshly treated. Any evidence of cheating will result in a score of zero (0) on that assignment.
If your problem set is the same as someone else’s problem set, in whole or in part, you both receive a zero (0) regardless of who did the work and who copied.
Cheating on a midterm or the final exam results in an “F” for the course. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, bringing unauthorized written or electronic materials into an exam, using unauthorized written or electronic materials during an exam, copying off another person's exam or assignment, allowing someone to copy off of your exam or assignment, and having someone take an exam or assignment for you. See http://sa.berkeley.edu/conduct/students/standards.
You may use only one i>clicker during lecture.
Much more important: you are paying a lot of money to take this course to build your human capital. If you don’t do the work yourself, you won’t build your human capital. Don't cheat yourself.
Honor Code: UC Berkeley has adopted this Honor Code: “As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.”
Fire Alarm Policy: A truly annoying bad habit at UCB is the pulling of fire alarms by ill-prepared and selfish students who foolishly think their entire future rests on one midterm grade. This crime is a felony, punishable by a fine and time in jail. In addition, anyone caught pulling the alarm will fail the course and is subject to expulsion from the University.
If the alarm is pulled during an exam, the class will move outside and finish the exam in the allotted time. In this event, follow the instructions of the GSIs.
The Midterm will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Wheeler Auditorium (and additional rooms). The midterm will cover the material presented in lecture, section, and the assigned readings up to and including Monday, March 7.
Accommodations: If you require accommodations for exams or will miss substantial section or lecture times due to other schedule commitments, inform the instructors as soon as possible.
Student-athletes and musicians are expected to be familiar with the policy on academic conflicts:
If you require special accommodations for exams or lecture or section due to learning or other disability, inform the instructors as soon as possible. You will ultimately need to obtain forms from the Disabled Students' Program http://dsp.berkeley.edu 230 César Chávez Center).
Late and Missed Assignments: Problem sets are due at the start of the first section of the week. Late problem sets receive one (out of four) points as long as they are submitted before problem set answers are distributed.
Students missing the midterm must contact instructors before the midterm is scheduled to begin. Students with valid excuses may take the missed midterm as a take-home within 7 days of the exam date. If they succeed in gaining a score of at least 90%, they will then have the grade they get on their final exam imputed as their grade on the midterm exam.
There is no make-up final. If you miss the final with an acceptable excuse covering an unforeseeable and unavoidable event, and if you were otherwise passing the course, you will take the final with the other Econ 1 students at the end of Summer or Fall 2016. If you can’t take the final as scheduled, don’t take this course!
Regrade Requests will be considered if they are submitted (a) in writing, (b) after discussing the issues with your GSI, and (c) no more than two weeks after the due date of the assignment. Be aware that the entire assignment will be regraded.
Tutoring Center: The Economics Department offers free tutoring.