Reading and Writing in Economics

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major:economy
reference:apa
requirement:
please write the essay to follow the requirement and especially the proposal feedback. the word are not necessary to be professional and fancy. thank you!

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:
This fully online course will allow you to fulfill the writing requirement in the Economics major.
In order to register in ECO359 you need to have completed WRT102, have at least a C in ECO303
and ECO305, and be a graduating senior.
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As an economics student, you have taken several courses in economics, you have also read about
economics (you have, at least, read a few textbooks) and, hence, you are expected to know a few
things about economics. More to the point, you are expected to write as an economics student and
not as the ‘average person on the street.’ If writing is a skill, writing like an economist is a
specialized skill. It forces you to find out what others before you have done; to do hard thinking; to
gain clarity on ideas and concepts and how they relate; and to choose carefully the models, data,
and statistics that you will use. As a professional economist you will have to write quite a lot, and
it is important you learn a few rules on how to do it well if you want your audience to sit up and
pay attention to what you have to say. This course will allow you to learn these fundamental rules
through practice.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES / COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of the course you should feel confident in your ability to put even the most quantitative
kind of economic thinking into words, and get important ideas across with precision, in a clear,
concise, structured and self-contained manner. Do not worry if you are not a native English
speaker: while you are, of course, expected to pay attention to syntax, grammar and orthography,
the focus of this course is on economical writing, that is, on how to think like an economist and be
capable to express it in writing.
Whether your sole goal is to fulfill the Economics major requirement or whether you are more
forward-looking, follow the guidelines that will be provided in this course and you will attain
your goal. Guidelines will afford you a chance to learn a few rules that may be of great benefit to
you in your future career.
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For any and all questions regarding registration in this course, please contact the Undergraduate (UG) Coordinator at
UGeconomics@stonybrook.edu, not your TA or me. Registration issues and permissions are now a purely
administrative matter and we have no say in them. If you write to us, we will have to forward your message to the UG
Coordinator and everything will take longer to resolve.

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And, remember, this course is a requirement for all Economics majors. If you do not obtain an “S”
(for Satisfactory) in this course, you will not be able to graduate. Take this course and your work
seriously, start working from the beginning of the semester, follow guidelines, and you will
have no problem in fulfilling this requirement successfully. It is what we all want.
COURSE OUTLINE
You will be required to present three documents or deliverables: Proposal, First Draft, and
Final Version of your paper. Check the table below for deadlines and target length for each
deliverable. You MUST accompany each deliverable with a Progress Report (PR). A PR is a
separate document that states, concisely but clearly, the work you have done, how you have gone
about it, what difficulties you have encountered, how you have handled them, and why you have
decided to proceed the way you have. Each PR, except the first one (accompanying your
Proposal), must include our feedback to your previous deliverable (copy and paste it in your
PR) AND explain the additions and changes you have made since; which of our suggestions have
been incorporated and which not and why. There is no blueprint for a PR: think of it as a log of
your thinking process and your work, the ‘backstage’ of your research.
Please, check the Documents section of Blackboard for a document containing the first set of
guidelines for your Proposal. These guidelines explain what your Proposal must look like and the
elements it should contain. After you have submitted your Proposal, I will again post two sets of
guidelines: one for your First Draft and one for the Final Version of your paper.
As of now, please check the table below and take note of the due date for each deliverable. Plan
accordingly and determine how you will integrate research and writing tasks into your personal
and professional schedule.

 

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