Course ID HES21X
Department Social Studies
Subject Economics
Can you take this course more than once? No
Periods per Day 1.0
Special Permission Yes
  • All of the following are true:
    • One of the following is true:
    • Student GPA in a subject greater than H,94
  • Fulfills the following graduation requirements
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    Syllabus Syllabus Download


    This course offers an introduction and solid grounding in basic economic principles. Macroeconomics focuses on the “big picture,” with an emphasis on the performance of the domestic and international economy.  The course analyzes the methods for measurement of economic performance, investigates the study of a nation’s economy on an aggregate basis, examines the policy alternatives facing an economy, and describes the relationships of countries in international trade and currency markets.


    This A.P. course is offered in the fall term. This course, in tandem with a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam, is designed to replace a freshman introductory economics class if the student so chooses and his/her college accepts the credit. 


    If you are taking this course to attain an understanding of the world’s financial markets or

    to learn about personal financial management, you are taking the wrong course.  This course 

    focuses much more on the real, productive economy than the financial sector. 

    Though the abstract models are taught with real world applications in mind, the bulk of the 

    material we cover is highly theoretical in nature.  Much of the work we do involves introducing a new variable into a theoretical model and then observing how this change alters the

    original relationships.  It is essential that you be comfortable in the creation, reading and use of 

    graphical analysis.