You are required to write two essays that should have a minimum of 1000 words and should not exceed 1500. It should be completed in .doc, docx or .rtf format using MLA. The essays are not meant to be research papers. They are summary reports that link topics you have been learning in class to current economic news found in media articles. The basic idea of this exercise is to allow you to read, think and write on a topic of your choice while relating basic theory to real life.
Essay Topics- The broad general topic should be something involving Macroeconomics. You might wish to go through the table of contents or index of our textbook early in the course and identify a topic that interests you. For essay #1 focus on material learned in part I of the course- markets, prices, price formation, economic growth, inflation, and unemployment and their relationship to the business cycle. For essay # 2 you can again focus on the broad topics of economic growth, unemployment, inflation, as well as on issues of fiscal policy, money, the financial system, savings, investment, monetary policy, and macroeconomic stabilization.
After you have selected a topic it might help to browse through media. Good sources for economic news include periodicals such as Businessweek, The Economist, Fortune, or others. Newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor are also good sources for current economic news articles.
Once you have identified a topic of interest, selected and read articles for review, and thought about how they are linked to the material learned in the class, you will write your report. It is suggested you follow the guidelines noted below when writing the essays.
Suggested Essay Format:
INTRODUCTION. The introduction states the reason(s) why your topic deserves consideration. In other words, why is your topic relevant and why is it of interest to the the public.
SUMMARY OF RESEARCHED ARTICLEs. Each article should be summarized separately. At the beginning of each summary, please state the author, the title, the source of the article, and the date it was published. Do not start a new page with each summary. Also, consider that the articles you select must have a common theme or topic. They can’t be randomly selected articles on Macroeconomics.
TEXTBOOK CONNECTION. Search through your textbook and obtain all information that relates to your topic. Show how the articles supported or contradicted information in your textbook.
EVALUATION AND CONCLUSION. In this section you should state assess the topic. How does this topic relate to your life now and in the future? How does this topic affect you or a particular business or industry?