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.

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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 and MAT 117 College Algebra or MAT 142 College Mathematics are strongly suggested as prerequisites for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 15, 2023

  • 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




Instructor, School of Economics,

W. P. Carey School of Business

Arizona State University

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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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