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Macroeconomics

Westtown School Summer Academic Program Macroeconomics Microeconomics

Credit: 0.5
3 week online

Course Description: Economics is the study of how a society uses limited resources to produce and distribute the goods needed to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Macroeconomics focuses on the dynamics of the economy as a whole, covering topics such as inflation, growth, finance, and US monetary policy. Students also complete a major research paper on a topic of their choice related to Economics. Grounded in the school’s mission with special attention to issues of stewardship and sustainability, Westtown’s Economics courses also investigate the nontraditional discipline of Ecological Economics, which probes the limits of the Earth’s resources and calls into question the basic assumption of the feasibility of ongoing growth in consumption.

Important Information About Westtown’s Online Economics Courses

Taking Economics online affords students the opportunity to learn at a distance without sacrificing the collaborative quality of education central to Westtown’s classroom experience. Course materials and goals are similar to Westtown’s school year syllabus but will be adapted and combined with traditional textbook materials (based on Greg Mankiw’s Essentials of Economics) to take advantage of online capabilities and provide the best possible learning experience. Students will watch short whiteboard-style lecture videos created exclusively for this course, navigate labs designed to guide students to understanding through constructing and applying economic concepts, and consult with student partners as needed to help each other master the material. We will meet synchronously as a class on Zoom Monday to Thursday evenings from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for discussion of the current topic. The average student should expect to spend about six hours each day working independently and collaboratively to complete this course. Additional questions about the course can be emailed directly to the instructor at [email protected].

Teacher: Elson Oshman Blunt

Class Zoom meeting time:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT

Office Hours (via Zoom) by appointment with individual students

Microeconomics

Westtown School Summer Academic Program Macroeconomics Microeconomics

Credit: 0.5
3 week online

Course Description: Economics is the study of how a society uses limited resources to produce and distribute the goods needed to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Microeconomics focuses on the decisions made by individuals and firms, covering topics such as gains from trade, supply and demand, the welfare impact of taxes, and firm costs and profits. Grounded in the school’s mission with special attention to issues of stewardship and sustainability, Westtown’s Economics courses also investigate the nontraditional discipline of Ecological Economics, which probes the limits of the Earth’s resources and calls into question the basic assumption of the feasibility of ongoing growth in consumption.

Important Information About Westtown’s Online Economics Courses

Taking Economics online affords students the opportunity to learn at a distance without sacrificing the collaborative quality of education central to Westtown’s classroom experience. Course materials and goals are similar to Westtown’s school year syllabus but will be adapted and combined with traditional textbook materials (based on Greg Mankiw’s Essentials of Economics) to take advantage of online capabilities and provide the best possible learning experience. Students will watch short whiteboard-style lecture videos created exclusively for this course, navigate labs designed to guide students to understanding through constructing and applying economic concepts, and consult with student partners as needed to help each other master the material. We will meet synchronously as a class on Zoom Monday to Thursday evenings at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for discussion of the current topic. The average student should expect to spend about six hours each day working independently and collaboratively to complete this course. Additional questions about the course can be emailed directly to the instructor at [email protected].

Teacher: Elson Oshman Blunt

Class meeting time:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT

Office Hours (via Zoom) by appointment with individual students

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