Course Description

This course introduces the principles and the applications of economics in everyday life. Students develop an understanding of limited resources and compare it with unlimited wants and needs. Students learn how individual and national economic decisions are made to allocate goods and services among competing users. Students apply economic principles to think and problem solve. The study of Economics uses the view of economic institutions and policies to explore the history, organization, and functions of the U.S. government in controlling our economy. It offers students learning opportunities that build one on another. A goal of the course is for the student to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a demanding and thoughtful academic setting. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of the policies and institutions of economics to develop their own views on current economic and monetary issues. They are taught how to apply what they have learned into personal financial activities. The course looks closely at the economic knowledge and values of the country and gives students a look into the problems faced by presidents and congressional representatives. It also covers the roles of political activists, political parties, interest groups, and the media in shaping the U. S. economy. The Supreme Court is presented as the voice of reason in the balance of powers. Students are encouraged to perform at higher levels as they are presented with historical documents and additional readings, work with a set of facts arranged by theme, become skillful in note-taking, and join in student discussions. Students develop and demonstrate their writing skills by preparing extended research-based papers.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

11th Grade




1 Semester

Credit Value




Major Concepts

Module 1: Basic Economic Concepts
Module 2: Supply and Demand
Module 3: Public and Private Sectors
Module 4: Macro Measures of the Economy and the Business Cycle
Module 5: Money and the Federal Reserve System
Module 6: Surpluses, Deficits, Debt, and International Trade

Course Syllabus