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Economics (One Semester)

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Subject Categories:
Social Studies / Social Science

This course will study market economies, including free markets and command markets. We will study how supply and demand works in both economic systems, the role of competition, savings and borrowing, the role of government, and foundation and control of the money supply. We will study money — what it is and is not, what functions it serves, and why all money is not equal. Toward the end of the semester we will look at benefits and perils of a global economy, along with the past, present, and possible future roles of the United Nations. We will also briefly review NAFTA and GATT, treaties which have affected our economy. In the final weeks of the course we will talk about savings and investing on a personal level, including a discussion of personal debt. There will be a semester-long project to track and graph the stock market, then invest an imaginary $100,000. There will also be a currency exchange game with an imaginary $300,000.

Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of a TPS high school History (non-elective) course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (70% or higher) of a TPS English 2 (or higher) course
━ OR ━
• Concurrent enrollment in a TPS English 3 (or higher) course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Suggested Pairing: Pair this course with TPS Government for the equivalent of a full-year Civics course as required by many states.

“I would recommend this course for those looking for an overview of economics. If you have no previous economic knowledge, this is a great introduction. Manageable workload. Projects are both exciting and helpful. Teacher is fun!”

Chiara B

“I’ve been a part of the bustling US economy for my entire life, but I never fully understood it until I took this course. I learned everything from how our economy works with the certain players in it, to how this economy and its rules apply to my own life. I would recommend this course to any high school student looking to really strengthen their knowledge of economics (without feeling overloaded) and to have fun with it!”

Anne C

“This is a good economics course as it keeps students active in class and outside as well. The lectures are very informative and interesting.”

Grant B

“This course taught me so much about economics while keeping me interested and excited. Great teacher. The projects throughout the semester were helped me see how the economy works. There is not a lot of work, but you learn so much information about a crucial subject.”

William P
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