The course provides a detailed introduction to macroeconomics and encompasses the fundamentals of macroeconomics. On completion of the course you will have the ability to critically assess real-world macroeconomic developments at first-year undergraduate level. Moreover, students will be able to better understand the material in other online economics courses such as the ‘New Economic Powers'and ‘Globalisation’. The global credit crunch of 2007-2008 has had significant implications for the lives of many people around the world. This short course aims to provide students with an understanding of conventional macroeconomic thinking so that they can understand the essential principles of how the macroeconomy of nation states functions in a globalised world. Once students have completed this course they will be better placed to understand the causes of inflation and unemployment and the relevance of government monetary and fiscal policy in dealing with such economic problems. Therefore, students will be able to use the knowledge gained to understand everyday macroeconomic events. Furthermore, students will have a solid foundation upon which they can progress to higher level studies in Macroeconomics as well as being able to apply the knowledge gained to other online courses such as ‘Globalisation'and the ‘New Economic Powers’.