Introduction to Economics

(19 customer reviews)

From: $76.00 / month for 5 months

Grades:  9th–12th

Class (1st Sem):  Mon 11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

Class (2nd Sem):  Thu 2–3 p.m. ET

Dates (1st Sem):  Aug 21–Dec 15, 2023

Dates (2nd Sem):  Jan 8–May 3, 2024

Price:  $329

Instructor:  Nate Gilbert

Students can also register for Economics and Government together at a reduced rate.

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Course Description

Sample Course Syllabus

This is a one semester course. One section of this course is offered first semester: Monday 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET. One section is offered second semester: Thursday 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET.

This one semester course introduces students to the world of economic thinking. Students will begin to define economic concepts, understand why economists choose to view the world through a particular lens, and analyze the economic interactions of the people and businesses they observe in society. A primary goal is for students to become familiar with foundational market concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, comparative advantages and inflation. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their economic understanding to personal decisions, businesses’ activities, and government policies. The course focuses mainly on microeconomics, but will also touch on some macroeconomic ideas.

Course Structure

The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities. Students will be expected to contribute to class activities in the live classroom or through the class discussion board. They will also have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. Some examples of assignments include the following: running a virtual lemonade stand and identifying economic principles used, watching a video about minimum wage laws, making a government budget using certain economic and social goals, comparing the economic and government structures of two different countries in the world, playing a stock simulation game, and reading about the history of money and inflation. There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class. There is one quiz and assignment to be completed after the final live class session.

Here is a preview of some of the weekly topics:

  • Scarcity, Resources, Opportunity Cost, Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Supply and Demand Shifts, Elasticity, Types of Goods
  • Diminishing Returns, Allocation of Scarce Goods, Specialization
  • Trade in Competitive Markets, Transaction Costs
  • Understanding Economic Institutions (Banks, Corporations, Cooperatives, Labor unions), Rules of the Game
  • The Role of Government in the Economy (Taxes, Externalities, Regulations)
  • Nature and Causes of Money (Valuation, Historical Development, Inflation)
  • Comparing Economic Systems (Market, Command, Traditional, Mixed)
  • International Trade and Economic Growth
  • Stocks and Investment Options (with simulation stock buying opportunity)

Who should enroll?

This class is recommended for 9th-12th graders. Eighth graders accepted if advanced in their studies and work ethic.  The course is intended to fulfill the typical requirements for a half year high school level course. The maximum class size is 16 students to encourage student engagement.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments via Canvas. Work will be graded, and student questions will be addressed, in a timely manner.


Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class. I will confirm registration and provide a welcome email to students. All parents should join Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parental questions. Parents and students can contact me during the course via e-mail. I will try to respond to any questions within 24 hours.

Required Texts


  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, 3rd edition or newer, by Richard Maybury, ISBN 0942617150 (This is for supplementary reading and not a textbook. It is used toward the end of the course.)

19 reviews for Introduction to Economics

  1. Jennifer Kochert (verified owner)

    I was impressed with the content of Nate’s Economics course. He is clearly passionate about this topic, and it shows through his understanding and teaching of the subject. I felt the course covered a broad range of economic topics and was at an appropriate level for high schoolers. Directions to assignments were easy to understand and complete, yet allowed for added learning and understanding of what was discussed in class.

  2. N.L. – Economics – 2022-2023

    I enjoyed this class immensely. Professor Gilbert does a very good job teaching the information and allowing for feedback at the same time. He uses eases to understand language but also makes sure that the topic and point is understood and at no point during his classes did I feel intimidated to ask him what he meant or for more explanation! Thank you for class!!!

  3. Norm (Parent) (verified owner)

    As a national sales manager with a BA in economics, I found the class content to be excellent, covering a wide range of economic topics/issues with real life examples in the US and internationally. Especially loved that the class covered the Whatever Happened to Penny Candy book which explains economics in a very understandable manner. Also, appreciate Mr. Gilbert’s conscientious and quick feedback regarding class participation and assignment submissions. Excellent!

  4. Levi

    This was a well-informed introductory class. The content was well established, although I felt like the concepts could’ve been better expounded upon. Most all homework assignments generated critical thinking and established groundwork principles of economics. The lectures were beneficial and included reviews. The grading could be a slight bit more lenient he isn’t the most open to different, unique, or creative answers. The grading is very textbook. Overall, the class was informative and provided fundamental elements of economics. 

  5. Ruthie

    Intro to Economics helped me to understand basic economic concepts; however, I did feel like some of the assignments did not always go with and help me understand certain concepts. There is an assignment due after the semester is over, but if you are looking for a simple course to get your economics credit, I would recommend this course.

  6. Molly Slovinsky

    I have learned so much in this class! I have taken an economics class before, but I have learned a lot more in Mr. Gilbert’s class than in previous years. The work can be challenging but is manageable, and Mr. Gilbert is a very knowledgeable, interactive, and helpful teacher.

  7. Jackson

    Mr. Gilbert is an understanding, patient and willing to accommodate for my learning difference. The quiz questions were difficult to understand. For example, some questions had similarly worded answers that made it difficult to correctly answer the question. Overall, the course is informative and interesting.

  8. Summer

    Mr. Gilbert makes the terminology and concepts easy to understand. He always responses timely to questions and always makes sure that you understand the material before we move on. Can’t wait for next semester!

  9. Alyssa

    I enjoyed having Mr. GIlbert as a teacher! He explains content clearly and concisely and helps out if there is any confusion. Overall, this is a great introductory course on economics.

  10. Avery

    I learned so much in this economics class! Mr. Gilbert was great at helping us understand complex topics by providing examples, charts, real-world situations, and more. The interactive aspects were especially useful–he asked us questions throughout the live classes and made sure to clarify any uncertainties before moving on. I would definitely take his classes in the future.

  11. Jordan W.

    Mr. Gilbert is a fantastic teacher who really cares about his students learning the subject that he is teaching. He makes the class very interactive by asking a lot of questions and this really helps retain the information.

  12. Ryan

    Great Course! Mr. Gilbert does a great job of explaining the course material. During live classes, he teaches the content in an interesting and easy to understand manner. The weekly quizzes pair nicely with the homework.

  13. Riyria

    Mr. Gilbert has my teacher for both economics and government. During those two courses, I have learned much and, while I though it would be confusing, Mr. Gilbert made both concepts and key events clear as day. I could not have asked for a better teacher while traversing the confusing topics of economics and government.

  14. Margaret Curd

    Wow! Mr. Gilbert is an amazing teacher and explains everything simply and clearly. He starts and ends class on time, posts useful information and additional articles, and responds quickly to emails. The assignments were clear, organized, and easy to understand. I’ve always had a hard time understanding economics but Mr. Gilbert really helped me and I feel like I will use the knowledge in this class throughout the rest of my schooling. I can not say enough good things!! If you are looking for an economics class, THIS IS IT!

  15. Jessy Roberts

    I have really enjoyed this class. The teacher always makes or breaks the learning experience and you have made government and economics my favorite subjects. You are an amazing teacher and I was glad to be under your guidance.  

  16. W. M. (student fall 2017)

    This course is definitely a 5/5 rating! It was a very engaging classroom and I love how everything in it was set up, including the quizzes. It did not seem that we were being overloaded with useless work, and the work that we did get was easy to retain and memorize. The teaching style was fantastic and very friendly which made it much easier to learn and remember important information. Overall it was fantastic!

  17. Economics Student

    This was an excellent class. Nathaniel Gilbert is a professional and competent teacher. He was very clear in his expectations and explanations of the material. He also made the topics relevant to the students in a way that maintained their interest. I really appreciated the homework and quiz portion which allowed me to know that the student was retaining the information. I would have no reservations in recommending this class to other students.

  18. Jocelyn

    I was very impressed with Mr. Gilbert! My 12 year old dd wrote a review “I really like this teacher because, he is very thorough and makes sure that you know the subject before you move on. He is very nice, and he explains the topic simply so you understand. He taught me this class even though I was the only one there. He is a good teacher and I believe that I will be taking some future classes with him.” If he offers more classes She will definitely attend!

  19. A.J.

    Mr. Gilbert is an enjoyable teacher to take classes with. He is calm, relaxed, and knowledgeable. He covers a good amount of content, and he asks lots of questions to keep the students involved and thoughtfully interacting with what they’re learning.

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Instructor Bio

Nate Gilbert

Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history, government, and economics. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and at some local schools. He now focuses on utilizing his passion for social studies to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.

Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading philosophy books, playing with his children, and outside activities. As a family, the Gilberts are involved in their local community and church fellowship.

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