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Course Description

The online course Mainline Ecnomics is offered by Institute for Political Studies and International Relations, Universidad Francisco Marroquín. In this course, Roberta Herzberg of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, discusses "mainline economics.” This approach to the study of economics is characterized by a focus on the modern origins of this field in the ideas of Adam Smith, who emphasized the broader contexts of life, such as politics, institutions, and social interactions. Smith, along with important figures like Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan, and Elinor Ostrom will help us to analyze how and why individuals make economic decisions.


Roberta Herzberg is Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program in Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She served as assistant director of individual freedom & free markets at the John Templeton Foundation. Bobbi also held a faculty position in political science at Utah State University (USU), where she served as department head in political science and administrative director of The Institute of Political Economy. As a researcher, she is interested in public policy, institutional analysis and public choice theory, especially at the Bloomington School.

Certification Process

Universidad Francisco Marroquín’s online course offers a digital certification. Validate your achievement and increase your job opportunities.

  1. Fill out the form and send it.
  2. Upload your profile photo and your official ID (national identity card or passport in .jpg or .png format).
  3. Take the exam and send it. Certification is granted for a score of 70 points or higher.
  4. You will receive your digital certificate by email.

The digital certificate is not a degree, diploma, or official certification of pedagogical competence.

UFM Students

The course offers UFM students the opportunity to receive academic credit equivalent to 1 UMA.

  1. Send an email to both your department and with the following data:
    • Name and description of the course
    • Name of the academic unit offering the course
    • UMA value of the course
    • Course program in attachment
  2. Verify that the course fulfills the requirements of your department.
  3. Enroll in the course via or use the MiU page if you wish to obtain academic credit.
  4. Pay 1 UMA at the Banco Industrial branch office on the UFM campus or through Banco Industrial’s online system. The price of each UMA varies and is determined by UFM.
  5. Complete the course activities.
  6. Pass the course with a score of 61 points or higher on both the activities of the platform and the final paper. The final grade is calculated as follows: 50% for the platform activities and 50% for the final essay.
  7. Present a physical copy of the certificate along with your final score to your department.

  1. Effort

    3hrs. per week
  2. Length

    4 weeks
  3. Price

    certification included
  4. UFM student

    Pay 1 UMA
  5. Language

  6. Faculty

    Instituto de Estudios Políticos
    y Realaciones Internacionales
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