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48981-01 - Vorlesung: Intensive Introduction to Intermediate Economics 6 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Dragan Ilic (dragan.ilic@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course introduces the basic building blocks of modern economic analysis. Aimed for non-economists, it is a crash course in economic thinking. In the first, shorter part of the course we delve into basic economic concepts such as the modeling the market forces of supply and demand, thinking at the margin, efficiency, comparative advantage in trade, externalities, public goods, and measuring GDP. The second, more mathematical part of the course revolves around microeconomic theory. We will study how consumers and producers, interacting through markets, determine the prices and output of goods and the allocation of productive resources. Consumers and producers are formally modeled as agents with well-defined objectives who make optimal choices in an environment of economic constraints such as income and costs. The price mechanism signals information to consumers and producers alike, coordinating their behavior.
This course will contain both lectures and exercise sessions. Course material will be provided through the ADAM webspace.
Lernziele The course aims to provide students with no economic background with the required foundation in economic analysis and theory for tackling more advanced economic courses. After completing the course, students should be able to think critically about methodological and economic issues. Students should be able to explain and interpret economic phenomena with the language and approach of economic reasoning.
Literatur Two textbooks provide the foundation for this class:
Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, "Modern Principles of Economics," Third Edition (Worth Publishers, 2016)
Jeffrey M. Perloff, "Microeconomics with Calculus," Third (Global) Edition (Pearson Education, 2013)

For laypersons, these two books provide an excellent and easy to read introduction into economic thinking and the value of economic modeling:
Tim Harford, "The Undercover Economist," (Little, Brown and Company, 2005; various reprints)
Dani Rodrik, "Economics Rules," (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016)
Bemerkungen I place high value on intuition, but this course is necessarily technical in nature. I expect you to have a solid background in algebra and be familiar with basic calculus.
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Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Registration: Please enrol in MOnA. EUCOR-Students and students of other Swiss Universities have to enrol at the students administration office (studseksupport1@unibas.ch) within the official enrolment period. Enrolment = Registration for the exam!
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2020 – 18.12.2020
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-12.00
Freitag, 12.15-14.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 18.09.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 23.09.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 25.09.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 30.09.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 02.10.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 07.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 09.10.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 14.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 16.10.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 21.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 23.10.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 28.10.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 30.10.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 04.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 06.11.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 11.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 13.11.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 18.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 20.11.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 25.11.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 27.11.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Mittwoch 02.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 04.12.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 09.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 11.12.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 16.12.2020 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 18.12.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Module Modul: Komplementärer Basisbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung There will be a written exam in January, at the end of the semester.
written exam:
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Belegen via MOnA innerhalb der Belegfrist
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ