International Economics:  ECON3403-001
Fall 2014

Jay Kaplan
Office: Economics Room 4C
Office Telephone: 492-2651

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 - 1:45,
                         Tuesday and Thursday 2:30- 3:30, or by appointment.


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Exam 1 Key

Course TA

Matt Van Wyhe (

Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30 – 1:30 Economics Room 304.


International Economics is a course that covers essential economic concepts relating to the international economy and important developments in the global economy. The economic theory emphasized in the class will give the student a better understanding of the foundations for international trade. Understanding this material will allow students to relate the importance of trade to political and cultural relations.

Important developments in the world economy will be analyzed. We will look at how globalization is changing markets and impacting labor. Trends in the global economy will be studied in order to evaluate potential future changes.

Course Materials

Textbook: International Economics by Husted and Melvin. Pearson Publishers


There will be 3 quizzes given online and 3 exams given during the semester. Quizzes will represent 33% of the class grade and exams the remaining 67%.


For your final grade, the grading scale is:

·         92.00%+ = A

·         90.00% - 91.99% = A-

·         88.00% - 89.99% = B+

·         82.00% - 87.99% = B

·         80.00% - 81.99% = B-

·         78.00% - 79.99% = C+

·         60.00% - 77.99% = C

·         below 60% = F

Exam Schedule 

Midterm Exam: Friday, October 10

Midterm Exam: Friday, December 5

Final Exam: Tuesday, December 16: (10:30am - 1:00)

Exams will be given in the classroom.

Important Dates

·         November 24 – November 30: Fall Break

·         December 12 - Last day of classes


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