Economics

Economics is an introductory course, centering on economic theories, practices, and concepts. Students will examine the events, factors, trends, and processes that shape the global, national, and local economies. Students will address complex financial concepts such as the stock market, supply and demand, and factors of production. This course aims to prepare students for economics courses in college or entrance into the business world. Student assessments are tests, essays, research of various topics, and economic simulations.
For class work and deadlines, including work to make up after a student absence, please access the Sapphire student system.

Economics Course Syllabus    Mrs. Sanbower

Text(s): Economics.(2013) Arthur O’Sullivan, Steven M. Sheffrin, Grant Wiggins. You may access your textbook online at PearsonSchool.com/PHecon.

Course Overview: Economics is an introductory course, centering on economic theories, practices, and concepts. Students will examine the events, factors, trends, and processes that shape the global, national, and local economies. Students will address complex financial concepts such as the stock market, supply and demand, and factors of production. This course aims to prepare students for economics courses in college or entrance into the business world. Student assessments are tests, essays, research of various topics, and economic simulations.

Course Outline and Topics:

Current Economic Event/News – Every other Friday or as class time allows

Chapter 1 – What is Economics?

Chapter 2 – Economic Systems

Chapter 3 – American Free Enterprise

Chapter 4 -- Demand

Chapter 5 -- Supply

Chapter 8 – Business Organizations

Chapter 9 – Labor

Chapter 10 – Money and Banking

Chapter 11 – Financial Markets

Chapter 12 – GDP and Growth

Chapter 13 – Economic Challenges

Chapter 14 – Taxes and Government Spending

Chapter 15 – Fiscal Policy

Course Requirements: Students are required to be respectful of their classmates and their teacher in the learning environment. Students are expected to bring class materials and their textbook every day.

Students are responsible for all work missed due to absence from class. Any work not turned in will result in a zero for that assignment.

Assessment Plan: All written work is assigned a point value. Total points accumulated during the quarter are graded on a percentage basis using the following scale:

                    100–90%---A

                    89-80%-----B

                    79-70%-----C

                    69-60%-----D

                    59- 0%------F

WASD Grading Policy– Homework, Classwork, Quizzes/Summary Assignments, Tests and Formative Assessments make up the economics grading system.

Unit tests are given after each chapter. They are always announced and some will be open-note (except for vocabulary). There is a comprehensive final exam.

Course Policies/Expectations: Extra help is always available. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to ask for it. Any missed classwork is also available in the class bin, but it is the student’s responsibility to retrieve and complete it.

Suggestions for Success: Students will be successful in this class if they arrive on time and are prepared to work. They should be enthusiastic, respectful, and courteous. They should be active participants in each class. Students should study for quizzes and tests. Students should be responsible and turn in all work that is assigned. Students should always ask for help if they feel they are not doing well. Extra help is always available.

Teacher Webpage: May be accessed on district site: www.wasd.k12.pa.us-high school page, social studies, Mrs. Alecha Sanbower. The website will explain the work for each unit. Assignments and deadlines are posted for students in the Sapphire Student System on the Class Web Portal Page.



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