AP® Macroeconomics introduces students to major economic issues such as basic market analysis, the causes of the cycle of economic growth and recession, the problems of inflation and unemployment, the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, and the causes and effects of international trade imbalances and currency fluctuations. Students analyze the impact of fiscal and monetary policies as well as the debates surrounding the implementation of each. This course involves extensive reading, problem-solving exercises, online discussions, and research and writing about contemporary macroeconomic issues. Multiple modalities are employed for content presentation so as to encourage personalization; assessment evaluates each student’s ability to utilize skill sets related to economic decision making. Strong reading, algebra, and analytical skills are necessary for success, as is strong motivation. AP® Macroeconomics prepares students to become informed and thoughtful and thoroughly prepare students to take the AP® exam in the spring. AP® Macroeconomics is recommended for juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II
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