Learning Recommendations: Student should have an interest in free enterprise, money and investing.

General Description: Students will receive Social Studies credit if taken in 12th grade, elective credit if taken in 11th grade.  This course gives students a basic understanding of the American economic system. This course examines the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, and as government agencies.


  • Role of competition and private property
  • Supply and demand
  • Scarcity
  • Market structures
  • Role of government in a free enterprise economic system
  • Fiscal and monetary policy and investment options
  • Money and the role of financial institutions
  • Economic stabilization and trade

Strategies: Students learn through a combination of:

  • Participating in the stock market
  • Running a collective bargaining simulation
  • Simulation on productivity
  • Direct instruction
  • Written assignments
  • Use of technology
  • Critical thinking

Equipment to be provided by student: None