Economics 201—Principles of Microeconomics
Dr. Robert Brown
California State University, San Marcos
Craven Hall 6308
MW 1430-1545 Arts 240
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces you to the way that economists think about
human behavior and familiarizes you with some fundamental economic principles. The main
objective of this course is to develop the economic approach to decision-making, or the
economic way of thinking: The idea that all social phenomena arise from the choices that people
make on the basis of their expected benefits and costs. Put simply, microeconomics focuses on
the choices of individuals and how individuals interact together in market exchanges.
ONLINE COURSE OUTLINE and TOPIC SUMMARIES: The course website at
http://courses.csusm.edu/econ250rb/index.html contains summary presentations for topics
covered in class (CLASS NOTES link). You may access the presentations from a CSUSM
computer or from any PC with PowerPoint and connected to the Internet. The link for the
textbook also contains study resources, current newspaper articles, and other items about topics
covered in the class.
TEXTBOOK and ONLINE ACTIVITIES: In this course you will use a textbook
(Microeconomics 8th ed. by R. Arnold, Southwestern College Publishing, 2008) and an
interactive website called Aplia (http://www.aplia.com) that contains weekly assignments and
tutorials (some are graded, others for practice.) The payment options and registration process
for APLIA are described on the last two pagse of this course outline.
ELECTRONIC RESERVES READINGS: Readings from Economics in Pop Culture; The
Economic Way of Thinking, P. Heyne; The New World of Economics, McKenzie and Tullock,
and others are available on E-reserve at the library (http://library.csusm.edu/finding/reserves/)
under ECON 201 or will be distributed in class.
APLIA GRADED ASSIGMENTS: Weekly assignments will be placed on the Aplia website