CSE1000ED: Common Sense Economics for Life


  • Recommended for teachers who have adopted or are interested in adopting CSE course materials.
  • Teachers may qualify for 45 hours of professional development credit; and/or undergraduate or graduate credit.
  • Meets national standards for a high school or introductory college level Economics course.
  • Students are eligible to take this course during the summer; and are eligible for undergraduate credit.
  • Course qualifies for undergraduate/graduate credit (additional credit hour cost).
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Basic Economics and Practical Personal Finance

  • Recommended for students who may only take one economics and personal finance course in their life
  • Practical exercises on topics ranging from compound interest to the cost of raising a child
  • Equivalent to a semester-long high school course
  • Teachers may qualify for 45 hours of professional development credit
  • For an additional fee, teachers and students may obtain undergraduate or graduate credit for this course through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Click here to learn more.

This is the essential course for individuals who may only take one economics and personal finance course in their life. It prepares individuals to be strategic consumers, wise savers, diversified investors, and responsible citizens. The course includes 17 modules, paced at roughly one week per module. Students begin with a basic introduction to 12 Key Elements of Economics, followed by modules on the Sources of Economic Progress, the Role of Government, and Practical Personal Finance.

17 Modules = 13 Core Economic Modules + 4 Personal Finance Modules

This course uses the READ, WATCH, LISTEN, and DO approach to learning. Each module includes readings, video clips, audios, discussion board questions, homework assignments, and a quiz. Many of the video clips are taken from popular media and are entertaining, fun, and thought provoking! No prior knowledge is required, and this course is not math-heavy. Instead, students are encouraged to develop their economic reasoning skills and apply them to the development of more fulfilling lives.

An online learning management system guides students through their weekly assignments, quizzes, and tests, as well as engaging them with integrated peer-to-peer and instructor-led discussions.

Required Textbook:

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity
James D. Gwartney, Richard L. Stroup, Dwight R. Lee, and Tawni Hunt Ferrarini

Available through Amazon.com in hardcover or Kindle edition Hardcover: $15 or less / Kindle: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-64489-5


Click here to see the 59 Key Economic Concepts Covered in the Common Sense Economics Curriculum.


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