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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.


62 Student Reviews
by John E. on November 19, 2018
Thank you!
by Jeff P. on November 4, 2018
Not all learners benefit from the format of the unit tutorial available for this class. It was difficult to understand without the text book style tutorials available in other classes. If the videos were in addition to the textbook style format, that would be the best option.
by Karen B. on September 24, 2018
challenging but very good course
by Tyler K. on July 27, 2018
I liked the course well enough, and I feel as though I took a lot away from it. I think that people may think that it is going to be easy but it is pretty challenging. I will say that this was my first time dealing with ProctorU and that was an absolute joke. That experience almost ruined the course for me.
Sophia replied on July 27, 2018

Tyler - Congratulations on you successful course completion. We appreciate your feedback about the proctored final exam. Rest assured that we will follow up with ProctorU's leadership team on your experience. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Brittany A. on July 25, 2018
The milestones have completely different wordings for the questions than all of the challenges. This makes the course a bit more difficult.
by Mark H. on July 21, 2018
I liked the course and thought it was very informative. I am very interested in this field and I still thought it was a challenging course. There are a few spots where ambiguity crept into questions on the testing portion of the course. I did not particularly care for the portion related to climate change in relation to business. Correlation is not causation when dealing with climate change and because large numbers of people gravitate to the beach and suffer property destruction due to weather, is not proof that human cause climate change. Cooperate to graduate, the questions are easy to answer from the provided material. Overall, I liked the course and will put many of the learned material to work for me. It was not something that I breezed through and will now take something that is more verbal for a bit of a break.
by Ashley S. on July 12, 2018
Not my favorite course or subject - but I passed!
by Fiaz Ali S. on July 2, 2018
Great course, was somewhat more difficult than the other courses I took at Sophia so far. The only thing I misses is the Sophia Tutorials, I fancy reading more than watching a video lecture. I suggest the Sophia Course Admin to add Sophia Tutorials to this course as well.


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