Course Description: The course objective is to introduce 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 (among many others). 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 macroeconomics.
The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities. Students will be expected to contribute to class activities in the on-line classroom. Students will also have a weekly homework assignment, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. This course serves as a prerequisite to a future AP Microeconomics course.
Here is a preview of some of the weekly topics:
– Economic Basics: Scarcity, Resources, Opportunity Cost, Cost/Benefit Analysis
– Supply and Demand Shifts, Elasticity, Types of Goods
– Diminishing Returns, Allocation of Scare Goods, Specialization
– Trade in Competitive Markets (Why collaborate?), 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 (What are the effects of saving and investment?)
There is an estimated 3 hours of work per week outside of the live class.
Course Description: The course objective is to introduce students to the principles behind the United States’ government and political institutions and to enable the students to interact with various viewpoints. Students will understand the historical development of our current political situation, analyze the political process, and describe how various political groups function today. The goal is for students to become familiar with public policies, our Constitutional underpinnings, and political behavior in our society. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their understanding to evaluate how just and appropriate various political actions are.
The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities. Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions in the on-line classroom. Students will also have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. This course will serve as a prerequisite to a possible future AP US Government and Politics course.
Some weekly course concepts include:
– What is legitimate government and how did the Founders envision it?
– What different types of federalism have been debated and utilized in American government?
– The three branches of national government (their functions, original design and current practices)
– Political parties and their role in American government
– How does policy making occur? What is the role of the bureaucracy?
– The Constitution and the limits it places on government activities
– How does the media shape perceptions?
– America’s role in the world (past and present)
There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.Students registering for the class together receive a lower price than if they register separately.
Here is the break down of the live classes:
|Course Title||Dates Taught||Live Class|
|Intro to Econ||First Semester||Wed 2-3 PM|
|Intro to Gov||Second Semester||Wed 2-3 PM|
|Into to Gov||First Semester||Thur 3-4 PM|
|Intro to Econ||Second Semester||Thur 3-4 PM|
When registering please note which class you would like to take first and we will assign you to the appropriate section. You can do this in the comments on the registration form.