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Economics and Government

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 8th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST or Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST (see course description)

Course dates: August 29th–May 2nd

Price: $549

Instructor: Nate Gilbert

Instructor email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

Note: Students can also choose to enroll in only economics or only government for one semester.

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Course Description

Economics

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.

Government

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.

 

Required Texts

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, any edition (used or new), By Richard Maybury.

I will provide additional online links or electronic copies of texts/passages free of charge.

There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.

Reviews

  1. Jon Adler

    Mr. Gilbert was one my favorite high school teachers. He had a great knowledge and love for what he taught. He challenged me to see and understand the larger picture beyond just memorizing facts.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Daphne Patch

    I didn’t know anything about economics and Mr. Gilbert taught the class very well and I learned a lot from him. He explains very thoroughly and gave many examples about the material being taught. He keeps the class engaged and makes it enjoyable to learn. I will be taking his government class this semester.

  5. Tammie Martin

    My son took two of Mr. Gilbert’s classes —Intro to Government and Intro to Economics. He was challenged and grew as a student and thinker in both classes. The format and layout of these classes is excellent —students are required to do assignments that demonstrate mastery and application of the material taught. Mr. Gilbert also grades homework quickly, gives great feedback, and positively engages the students in class discussions. 5 stars!!

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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 and English. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and purchasing for a manufacturing company. He now likes to utilize his passion for economics and government 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, mostly philosophy and children’s stories, and being outside. As a family, the Gilberts enjoy gardening, hiking, and time together. They are involved in their local community and church fellowship.

Email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

All classes taught by Nate Gilbert