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Sophia's Microeconomics course helps you thoroughly understand the principles of economics related to the behavior of individuals and firms in making decisions on the allocation of resources. You will learn the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy and how to evaluate decisions with an economic lens. 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 Microeconomics course helps you explore and interpret the behavior of individual consumers and firms in the marketplace. Through this exploration, you will learn how to evaluate decisions, both public and private, with an eye towards production, consumption and transfer of wealth. In this course, you will also learn how to apply conceptual principles of microeconomics in practical ways to everyday life.

In Sophia's Microeconomics 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 economics
  • Examine the consumer
  • Analyze the firm
  • Interpret market interactions: consumer and firm

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


73 Student Reviews
by Denise D. on April 26, 2019
I learned a lot. I do wish that the Sophia PDF tutorials were an option. Watching tutorials and taking notes is not my preference. Too time consuming. I prefer to read the PDF and only watch a tutorial when I am stuck on a concept.
by Gregg T. on April 26, 2019
Tough but doable.
by Regina B. on April 19, 2019
This course was difficult!
by John Z. on April 15, 2019
I truly enjoy taking your courses. A the instructor Kate is great I am sorry that I forget to mark her 5 stars for each section.
by Nedy F. on April 6, 2019
Tricky wording on the questions. Recommend others to read questions very carefully.
by Courtney M. on April 3, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Lots of good information but there are specific topics you definitely have to read into. One of my favorites I have taken so far.
by Dennis M. on March 29, 2019
Was difficult to follow. One of the harder courses offered, and not that interesting. Formula examples were not clearly taught so prepare to self learn them with practice. Even though I did not like this course it is passable and I still think Sophia course designs are great.
by Katelyn H. on March 18, 2019
There are no Sophia Learning tutorials for this course, which is disappointing for those who prefer reading to videos. Only one instructor has been transribed and it includes all the "fluff" she adds, making it difficult to sort through the important vs. non-important information. The instructor they transcribed for this course is very slow, chatty, and not consice. The reason I use Sophia courses is because I love THEIR tutorials, which are clear and to the point. There was a lot of repeated information throughout the tutorials. Many of the them went over what was previously taught, even several tutorials prior, which made it feel unorganized. This course was just so different for Sophia, it felt like it was put together by a different team. I've already purchased Macroeconomics and I'm hoping it will be back to the norm. I'm thankful for this course and the credits, but the Sophia element of it was truly missed. I hope it'll make a return in Macroeconomics... fingers crossed.
Sophia replied on March 31, 2019

Hello Katelyn! Thank you for your feedback. We're so happy to hear that you love our text-based tutorials; they are definitely a learner favorite (we think they're pretty great too)! Might we suggest US History II, which primarily features Sophia's text-based tutorials with an audio option. Our learners seem to really enjoy this newer course and you might find it to have more of that "Sophia feel" you're looking for. Happy learning!

— Kelly N. | Sophia Learning Coach


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