AP Macroeconomics is a two-semester, college-level course. Each student is expected to take the AP Macroeconomics Exam that is administered in May. Successful achievement on the AP Exam allows the student to earn three hours of college credit. This course in AP Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole as per the description provided by the College Board in the booklet, AP Economics Course Description. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
Building on a foundation of economic concepts (scarcity, opportunity costs, supply/demand, and money) students move into the macro economic domain with special focus on aggregate demand and supply, GDP determination, inflation/recession, and international trade. Special emphasis is placed on major economic theories, the role of government as it attempts to stabilize our economy, and the analysis of charts, graphs, and tables. This course satisfies the Economics and Political Issues graduation requirements.
Political and Economic Issues
This course examines the many forces which interact in our effort to satisfy unlimited wants with limited economic resources. We will study money, investment, taxes, credit, business enterprise, and supply and demand. How our economy is influenced by fiscal and monetary policy tools is also analyzed. Students are required to complete a stock market project. Emphasis is then placed on the way practical politics works and the need for citizens to participate at the grass roots level. Both national and state governments are examined and discussed. Also emphasized are our systems of justice, the importance of pressure groups, and how public opinion is influenced.
World Cultures and Civilizations II
In year two of World Civilizations & Cultures, students will continue to develop their understanding of the world and the societies which populate it. Building on the study done in World Civilizations & Cultures I, students will continue the chronological study of world history from 1500 to the present. The development of writing skills, analysis of primary sources, making comparisons, and effective teamwork will be emphasized. Intellectual developments throughout the periods will be discussed. Computer-based activities, along with analysis of charts, graphs, timelines, and interpretive materials are important components of this course.
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