Online Macroeconomics

ECN 211 - Macroeconomic Principles

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Macroeconomics is the study of the sum of all spending, income, and productive efforts. The economic outcomes that we experience are the result of our intricate dealings with other governments, businesses, and people, both locally and globally. This course will give you insight into how economists approach and measure these big issues and questions. The first part of this course takes a look at the common household with a specific focus on how the members of a household choose their workloads and spending habits. You will also study how businesses, both large and small, make important economic decisions. The second part of this course dives into policymaking and how these policies can either distort or enhance market outcomes. You will focus on five specific areas of economic policy: free trade, research & development & innovation, fiscal & tax, inflation & monetary and unemployment & labor market policies.

Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Knowledge of basic Excel functionality will be very helpful in setting you up for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 16, 2022

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Apply marginal analysis to common economic decision problems
  • Describe economic decisions households and businesses make
  • Understand economic efficiency and sources of deviations from it
  • Interpret main macroeconomic indicators commonly analyzed to follow economy in real time
  • Understand the main policy discussions related to fiscal and monetary policy
  • Describe the advantages of trade

What to expect in class

Interactive learning activities, lectures, videos, practice problems, quizzes, midtem, and final exam

Exams and grading


Practice problems


Quizzes (13)


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




Professor of Economics,

W. P. Carey School of Business

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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