Pretty easy, overall.
The material itself is very straightforward, expectations and important due dates are all clearly listed in the syllabus, and its very easy to pick up points with the online assignments. You learn most of the material on your own through powerpoints and an online textbook, then test yourself with online quizzes. These are graded but if you get at least 85% correct Donald gives you 100% in the gradebook. The lecture for this class consists of 20 minutes review of the chapter, then 50 minutes of an open-note quiz where you can work together with classmates and ask Donald questions. The discussion is hit or miss depending on your TA, but it is yet another review of the chapter and you might do a practice problem or two. Other than the quizzes you also do a group mock trial where you debate international trade agreements; it's easy work but it's hard to coordinate team members.
This course starts out as a very basic overview of economics, then starts to go more in depth to see how different firms interact. The mock trials give a good perspective on just how many different factors contribute to decisions for national trade policies.
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Advice for students:
All the major points of the textbook are underlined. It's easy to pick up points with the pre-class and in-class exercises (multiple choice quizzes ranging from 15-30 questions). You can't miss any lectures or discussions since some of the quizzes are only open during class and are location locked.