AT Economics: Globalization

This is a class on globalization that focuses on economic development and economic growth. Like Adam Smith's masterpiece, our main task is "An Inquiry Into the Wealth of Nations". Our essential question for the semester is: Why are some nations rich and others poor? We will use the conventional economic models you learned in AP Economics as well as some less conventional models from the field of behavioral economics as tools in studying development and growth. Click here to see the class website.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

The capstone project relates to social entrepreneurship. A social entrepreneur from Singapore presents a business problem to our students that he or she is currently trying to solve. Then for about a month students work in groups to develop a solution to the problem. At the end of the project they present their solution to the entrepreneur. Click here to read a description of the project.

SUPA graduation credits are available for this course.

This course provides Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) credits for students. For more information, click here.

Course Details

Patrick Hopkins

"You should take this course if you enjoy studying social sciences, especially economics, and plan to pursue a career in business."

AT Economics: Globalization

ID: 42061 Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Social Studies
Prerequisite: AP economics; or a Semester 1 grade of A or higher in Economics, plus a teacher recommendation
Note: This course is aligned to the criteria for a Syracuse University economics course (SUPA ECN 203). AT Economics: Globalization students may elect to earn Syracuse University credit by concurrently enrolling in SUPA ECN 203. Students must enroll in the Syracuse University system at the beginning of AT Economics: Globalization and successfully complete additional assignments and assessments through self-study in order to earn Syracuse University credit. Please note that there is a cost per Syracuse University credit hour that families must pay if students choose to concurrently enroll. For further information, please see the SUPA website. To determine whether participation in this program is a fit for your long-term goals, please speak with your counselor. The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course. This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

This college-level course is designed to offer students an opportunity to delve deeper into the international economy than our introductory courses allow. The focus of the course is globalization (international trade and economic development). Students use the conventional models learned in previous economics classes as well as the less conventional models of behavioral economics to study economic development and growth. All students will write a research paper and work on a development problem with a local social enterprise as culminating economics projects. The course requires rigorous study and emphasizes in-depth research.

What Our Students Say


I loved AP Economics and decided to further pursue my interest in the subject by signing up for AT Economics. While AP Economics is largely based on theory, AT Economics focuses much more on its applications in a globalized world. If you're interested in using economic theories to think critically, develop arguments about economic growth and international trade, this course is definitely for you. It doesn't feel like a normal high school class, in a good way, of course—I've been in charge of my own learning and been constantly growing as a thinker through daily discussions. Though the workload is heavier than many other classes, AT Economics is definitely a class worth taking if you love economics as I do.”
Jae Hee Koh,
Class of 2019

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations