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Macroeconomics

Master Teacher: Amy Raybould Derstine
Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $450 for HSLDA Members/$500 for non-members.  

Description: AP® Macroeconomics introduces students to the operations of the economy on a national and global scale. Topics include economic growth, inflation, unemployment, the financial sector, international trade, economic policy, and a biblical perspective on economic principles and practices.

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AP® Macroeconomics — Live Online Class Session Schedule
January 7, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1

Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Amy Raybould Derstine

Section 2
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Sandra Miller

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions 
about AP® Macroeconomics

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  • What topics will I learn about in Macroeconomics?

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and how to approach economic issues from a biblical worldview. By the end of the course, students should have a solid understanding of:

    • Basic economic concepts,
    • Measurement of economic performance,
    • National income and price determination,
    • The financial sector,
    • Inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies,
    • Economic growth and productivity,
    • International trade and finance, and
    • Biblical perspectives on economics.

    The course will employ readings, lectures, video segments, graphing tutorials, and PowerPoint presentations to enhance understanding of these topics. Students will be expected to make use of the aforementioned resources to successfully complete the homework assignments (including assignments from the Econ Central website), participate in discussion forums, and prepare for quizzes and exams.

  • How much homework is in Macroeconomics?

    AP® Macroeconomics is a rigorous, college-level course. We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Video lecture (10 - 20 minutes)
    • 1-2 chapters textbook reading (~20 – 30 pages per chapter)
    • Discussion forum (one post and one reply)
    • Grading workshop assignments (from the textbook)
    • Quiz

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Midterm and final exam
  • What books will I use in Macroeconomics?

    The official AP® Macroeconomics Booklist for the spring 2019 semester is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through our Christian Book Distributors bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christian Book Distributors, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take Macroeconomics?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. The Academy recommends that students have a strong background in mathematics in order to succeed in AP® Macroeconomics. Students taking AP® Macroeconomics should either be currently enrolled in or have previously completed an Algebra II course. 

    AP Microeconomics (offered in the fall) is not a prerequisite for AP® Macroeconomics; however, students who plan to take both courses are encouraged to take AP Microeconomics first, since the topics in AP® Macroeconomics build on the microeconomics topics. Please visit the College Board page about AP® Macroeconomics for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Macroeconomics?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Macroeconomics class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.  

  • What is the tuition for Macroeconomics?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on one semester AP® courses!