How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

Course Description

This class is designed to familiarize students with basic macro data and start to introduce the macroeconomic theory that influences policy. This includes being able to make sense of real world economic data, being able to understand the goal of fiscal and monetary policies, and building a foundation for which you can be more civically engaged. The second aim is to further your critical thinking skills through exposure to the tools of economic analysis.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Identify relevant macroeconomic indicators and the institutions and vocabulary associated with them.
• Recognize tools used by policymakers to influence the macroeconomy
• Ask questions or frame hypotheses about the impact of relevant events on the economy
• Collect/obtain/select appropriate information/data relevant to the macroeconomy
• Apply an economic model or concept in order to illustrate the impact of relevant events on the economy


No prior knowledge of economics is required to attend this course, although an understanding of mathematics at an Algebra II level is suggested. This course recommends a laptop for course-related programming, games/simulations, etc. Please note that some devices (e.g., Chromebooks) do not allow software downloads onto a desktop and so will not accommodate the specific needs of this course. If you have questions about this requirement please reach out to [email protected]


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Liam Malloy
Course Number: 10336

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Warren Powell
Course Number: 10357