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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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Category: Social Science

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Course Description
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. 

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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

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This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


423 Student Reviews
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 Matthew M. on April 25, 2019
My final course here at Sophia, and the hardest out of 12. It only took about 1 week (total time actively spent) but you will need to keep your book open all the time. Lastly, the second milestone is easily the hardest. So if you get passed the second one, everything else will be easier (but still challenging). Good luck and I'm off to prepare for graduation. Take Care!
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 Kedar M. on July 27, 2017
Great course. Original 'Sophia study material' was missing on some topics, increasing the reliance on Videos.
by Julie F. on April 18, 2019
The information is good, but as others have said. It seems like the test questions are worded in a way to confuse you not help you answer the question correctly. I'm not saying to give me the answer, but some times the wording is convoluted.
by Robert W. on June 13, 2017
Tough course with a lot of info, take your time and really pay attention to the tutorials
by Jason P. on September 22, 2018
Questions on this one were really tough compared to the other courses I have taken. Many of the questions were worded poorly.
by Anna Z. on November 3, 2015
Thank you for making it possible for me to finish this course!


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