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Sophia’s Macroeconomics course helps you thoroughly understand the principles of economics related to the economic behaviors on a national and international scale. You learn the role of fiscal and monetary policy, how broad market systems and the business cycle work, as well as analyze the reasons for and against government interventions in the economy. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem-based learning and real-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Macroeconomics course helps you thoroughly understand the principles of economics related to the economic behaviors on a national and international scale. You learn the role of fiscal and monetary policy, how broad market systems and the business cycle work, as well as analyze the reasons for and against government interventions in the economy.

In Sophia's Macroeconomics course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments and tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe macroeconomics
  • Examine the principles of market efficiency
  • Analyze monetary, money, and financial systems
  • Interpret international trade, aggregate demand and supply, and prices and growth


35 Student Reviews
by Fiaz Ali S. on July 13, 2018
Very informative course which gives overall understanding of how country's economy works, and how global trades happen.
by Travis W. on May 29, 2018
The course was fun and difficult at the same time! Very rewarding! Cheers, Travis
by Patricia D. on March 8, 2018
Interesting. Both Kate and Colton's instructional videos were excellent. Some questions were vague.
by Seth M. on March 3, 2018
Highly informal class!
by Shade J. on February 2, 2018
Could be a little redundant and a lot of material repeated Microeconomics. Still a good class though.
by Billie D. on August 25, 2017
I enjoyed this course . The only problem I had was the questions on the test were not in the material the instructors went over . I felt like If I didn't know how to do this work and look it up on the internet this would have been impossible to complete.
by Greg K. on August 4, 2017
This was my 12th and final course at SOPHIA. I feel that I learned a lot in each course. I believe Kate is a great instructor. Although her tutorials are lengthier, they are worth it. Her tutorials are logical and flow well, and she does a good job putting things into terms that are easy to understand. I have to say that with each course, and this one in particular, I felt quite frustrated with Milestone questions that appear to try to trick the student on purpose and/or had more than one possible correct answer. My advice is to: 1) carefully read each question and the answers multiple times, as often one word will be the difference in finding the correct answer 2) use the feedback button if you feel a question was incorrectly marked wrong. I had to do this on multiple occasions and won my appeal about 50% of the time (by providing evidence to support my claim). The Learning Coaches are wonderful, and I highly recommend reaching out to them when you have questions.
by Dana K. on August 3, 2017
course was difficult. would like the sophia written part for all courses.


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