This course provides an introduction to the analysis of macroeconomic activity and the business cycle by focussing on macroeconomic variables such as economic growth, inflation, unemployment and the balance of payments. Based on an understanding of macroeconomic dynamics students learn when and why governments may want to intervene in the economy with the help of fiscal and monetary policies and what these government interventions mean for various markets and economic actors. Students moreover learn how economic growth can be stimulated in the long run through supply-side policies in areas such as education, infrastructure as well as research and development. Additionally, students are acquainted with the role of money, banks and financial market regulation.