E&M 202 – Intermediate Macroeconomics

Syllabus Fall 2021

MWF 11:45-12:50 Rob 407
Prof. Jon Hooks, Rob 103


  • Required Text: Gregory Mankiw.  Macroeconomics. 10th Edition (2019). See the bookstore.

Course Description

Course Outline 

Course Requirements

You are required to come to class every day unless you have:

  • official school business which you have cleared with me ahead of time by email
  • a documented family emergency (cleared by email in advance when possible)
  • a serious unexpected illness (non emergencies must be cleared by email in advance)

ALL communications with me on these matters must be by email, and I may require additional documentation in writing. In NO case can face-to-face communication alone ever satisfy this requirement.

If you are formally approved for special accommodations on exams, you must notify me before each exam by email. All arrangements will then be carried out by Renee, and all exams must be taken in Robinson Hall in the room assigned. No special accommodations are given for quizzes, homework, or projects.

You are expected to read assigned material BEFORE each class, and be prepared to discuss it.


Grades will be based on five noncumulative exams. In-class problem sets and homework will also be assigned and could count for up to 100 points total (this will be discussed in class). I reserve the right to change this with adequate notice in class.  Grades are based on the following scale:

93-100%….. 4.0
89-92……. 3.7
85-88……. 3.3
80-84……. 3.0
75-79……. 2.7
70-74……. 2.3
65-69……. 2.0
60-64……. 1.7
55-59……. 1.3
50-54……. 1.0
< 50……… 0.0

Please feel free to check with me anytime concerning your performance in class, or any problems you are having. Also, feel free to visit the Albion College Cutler Center.

College Accommodations Statement: It is the policy of Albion College to accommodate students with disabilities and qualifying diagnosed conditions in accordance with federal and state laws. Any student who feels that they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a learning, psychiatric, physical, or chronic health diagnosis, should contact Accessibility Services Director, Elizabeth Rudolph (erudolph@albion.edu), to develop a plan for reasonable accommodation(s) based on supporting documentation.

If you have completed this process and requested accommodations for this semester, plan to meet with Elizabeth Rudolph as early as possible to discuss a plan for implementing these modifications in this class. It is best to schedule this meeting at least one week prior to their implementation.

Accessibility Services is housed in the Cutler Center on the first floor of the Stockwell Library and is open during regular business hours. The main phone is 517/ 629-0562 or email cutler@albion.edu for more information.

College Statement of Academic Integrity: As an academic community, Albion College is firmly committed to honor and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge. Therefore, as a member of this academic community, each student acknowledges responsibility for his or her actions and commits to the highest standards of integrity. In doing so, each student makes a covenant with the college not to engage in any form of academic dishonesty, fraud, cheating, or theft.

College Statement on Attendance: Regular attendance in all classes is expected. Every absence from class is inevitably a loss—usually one which can never be made up. A student has the responsibility to inform his or her faculty member, whenever possible in advance, of an absence due to serious or prolonged illness, and verification of absences due to emergency reasons, may be obtained from the Office of Residential Life.

Cutler Center Information: The Cutler Center is located in the Stockwell Library and provides free supplemental peer tutoring (math, science, economics and more), writing assistance, fellowship advising, accessibility accommodations, success coaching, supplemental advising, financial advising (including loaner laptops and calculators). The Cutler Center has student drop-in hours Monday-Friday noon-2pm with their 15 Minute Fix. The Cutler Center is also home to the First-Year Peer Mentor Program. To connect with the Cutler Center, please email cutler@albion.edu or call Martha Palmer at 517-629-0562 and she can help connect you to the resource you need to be successful this term.

When Calhoun County is experiencing substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rates, students must wear a mask at all times in classrooms and other indoor public spaces. Research clearly indicates that an infected person wearing a mask may reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease to others. Since a person infected with COVID-19 may not exhibit symptoms for several days, they may unknowingly spread the virus when interacting with others. If Calhoun County transmission rates drop to low or moderate levels, then vaccinated individuals will be allowed to remove masks indoors, but unvaccinated individuals must still wear masks indoors at all times.