Course Registration No. ECO-746


A one-semester course, worth five high school credits. Course plan studying Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, Survival Math Skills, Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, Pope Pius XI's Quadragesimo Anno, Pope John Paul II's Centesimus Annus.  A Track students will also add Russell Kirk's Economics: Work and Prosperity.  
       A one-semester introduction to economic history, theory, and practice.  This course introduces students to microeconomics (how the choices made by individuals, households, and businesses affect an economy) and macroeconomics ("big picture" economic phenomena such as inflation, price levels, rate of growth, national income, gross domestic product, changes in unemployment, production, supply and demand, competition, and the like).  Students will learn functional math skills through real-life applications such as planning nutrition, arranging for transportation, maintaining bank accounts, developing personal budgets, understanding job benefits, and more.  Discussed throughout the semester are economic ideologies such as distributism and subsidiarity that lean heavily upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo anno.
       Economics is usually studied during U.S. Studies II, B Track (Grade 9) or Roman Studies II, A Track (Grade 11).  




Survival Math Skills

  • Author: Fred Pyrczak
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Walch Education, 1998. Print.
  • ISBN: 0825138191        978-0825138195
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

104 pages; 8 sections with a test per section; 46 lessons.


Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? 6th or 7th Edition

  • Author: Richard J. Maybury
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Bluestocking Press, 2010. Print.
  • ISBN: 0942617622        978-0942617641
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource


Economics: Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective

  • Author: Russell Kirk
  • Publisher/Copyright: Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1999, 1989. .
  • ISBN:        n/a
  • Supplier: Christian Book

292 pages; 14 lessons; glossary, index, and index of Scripture references. Any edition will do. Best prices are found on Only the reader is necessary.



Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More

  • Author: John C. Medaille
  • Publisher/Copyright: Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011. Print.
  • ISBN: 161017027X        978-1610170277
  • Supplier: Library

282 pages



How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr
  • Publisher/Copyright: Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2005. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895260387        978-0895260383
  • Supplier: Retail or

280 pages.



STAA Study Guide: Roman Studies II, A Track (Critical Reading • New Testament • Roman History IIA • Roman Literature IIA • Economics)

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2020. Print.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: Lulu

Detailed weekly plans, assignment details, and grading support for the high school courses can be found in the STAA Study Guides. Each high school student will need three study guides: one for each semester of the academic year and a science course plan booklet. Direct links for ordering the study guides will be emailed to you after you submit the Course Registration forms.



STAA Online, Graded Quizzes

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2021. Online quizzes.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

This course has online, graded quizzes available to students enrolled in Grades 7-12. The quizzes are available from August 1st through July 31st. Students will be sent quiz access instructions after they submit their Course Registration forms. See the "High School Orientation" booklet for more information about the quizzes. Students that do not have weekly computer access may complete a Dimension 2 assignment in lieu of each assigned quiz.



STAA Student Zone

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 1995-2018. Website.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone

Students currently enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Academy for Grades 7 through 12 have access to online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, occasional slide shows or videos, Q&A forums, and more for this course. Access to the Student Zone is activated on August 1st and runs until July 31st of each year. Register your student for courses by submitting the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment. Use the information in the activation email to sign in at Students that do not have weekly computer access may complete a Dimension 2 assignment from the "High School Orientation" booklet in lieu of each assigned quiz.



“Reflections on a Rotten Apple,” an essay published in 'The Well and the Shallows'

  • Author: G. K. Chesterton
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Ignatius Press, 2006. .
  • ISBN: 1586171267        978-1586171261
  • Supplier: Library

Paperback: 203 pages



An Essay on the Restoration of Property

  • Author: Hillaire Belloc
  • ISBN: 1605700258        978-1605700250
  • Supplier: Library



Centesimus Annus

  • Author: Pope John Paul II
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone



Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

  • Author: Henry Hazlitt
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998. Print.
  • ISBN: 0517548232        978-0517548233
  • Supplier: Library

218 pages. (any edition)



Quadragesimo Anno

  • Author: Pope Pius XI
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone



Rerum Novarum

  • Author: Pope Leo XIII
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone



Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

  • Author: E. F. Schumacher
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Harper Perennial, . .
  • ISBN: 0061997765        978-0061997761
  • Supplier: Library

Paperback: 352 pages; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)



Socrates Meets Marx: The Father of Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Communism

  • Author: Peter Kreeft
  • ISBN: 0898709709        978-0898709704
  • Supplier: Library



The Hound of Distributism: A Solution for Our Social and Economic Crisis

  • Author: Richard Aleman
  • Publisher/Copyright: : ACS Books, 2015. .
  • ISBN: 1505104777        978-1505104776
  • Supplier: Library

167 pages



The Napoleon of Notting Hill

  • Author: G. K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 1598566660        978-1598566666
  • Supplier: Library



The Outline of Sanity

  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 0971489408        978-0971489400
  • Supplier: Library



The Servile State

  • Author: Hilaire Belloc
  • ISBN: 1440476438        978-1440476433
  • Supplier: Library





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