Economics

Economics (ECON)

ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:MATH 100, 104, or 132 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D2; IGETC Area 4B
  • C-ID:C-ID ECON 202
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is an introduction to macroeconomics. It is concerned with the economic well-being of the national economy. Topics include supply, demand, aggregate supply, aggregate demand, equilibrium, money, banking, taxation, inflation, employment, and economic growth.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain terms and concepts used in macroeconomics
  • examine the effects of government policy on individuals and businesses
  • evaluate economic models to explore consequences of economic events and probable consequences of economic proposals
  • relate the concepts of macroeconomics to his or her own community and personal experiences
  • assess the relationship between economic stability and public policy
  • list the causes of macroeconomic instability
  • predict the role of United States in the global economy given the present international economic conditions

ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:MATH 100, 104, or 132 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D2; IGETC Area 4B
  • C-ID:C-ID ECON 201
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the interaction with individuals and business firms in the marketplace to determine prices, output, employment, and efficient utilization of economic resources. Topics include marginal utility, costs of production, and natural resource economics. This course also covers resource allocation under conditions of competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain terms and concepts used in microeconomics
  • construct analytical economic models
  • evaluate models to explore consequences of economic proposals on households and businesses
  • relate the concepts of microeconomics to his or her own community and personal experiences
  • assess the relationship between government policies and business decisions
  • list and explain examples of government intervention in the market system

ECON 305 Introduction to Economies of Africa

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces various topics on Africa's economies, such as indigenous economic systems, why Africa remains poor, pre- and post-colonial development strategies, the cold war factor, development finance, and new theories on development. Additionally, the politics of international development including China's expanding role in Africa are examined.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply macroeconomics concepts to the economies of Africa.
  • list the causes of poverty in Africa.
  • assess the relationship between colonialism and current economic systems in Africa.
  • predict Africa's role in the future global economy.
  • explain why Africa matters to the rest of the world.
  • compare the challenges of job creation in Africa to those in United States.

ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance

  • Same As:BUS 320
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D2
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers how to analyze financial affairs for lifelong decision making. It examines the basics of financial planning, analysis, and decision making in areas of budgeting, taxes, credit, money management, insurance, investments, and retirement with an emphasis on principles to develop economic decision-making skills. This course is not open to students who have completed BUS 320.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • examine economic needs, establish financial goals, and design a personal financial plan to achieve them
  • apply economic principles and concepts to develop a financial plan
  • assess the changing economic environment and develop alternative plans or contingency plans so the personal financial plan remains viable
  • analyze the various investment options to aid in successful financial planning
  • apply the concept of the time value of money
  • explain types of risk and risk management methods to develop a risk management plan
  • analyze advantages and disadvantages of credit, determine the cost of credit, and assess the types and sources of credit
  • construct, implement, review, and revise a financial plan

ECON 495 Independent Studies in Economics

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College (ARC). They must also discuss the study with a professor from the Department of Economics at ARC in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.