This course is designed to engage students and develop their understanding of the structure and function of American government. Study will focus on three major areas: the Constitution (specifically, the Bill of Rights), how power is divided between the national and state governments, and the roles and responsibilities of citizens. An ongoing practice will be exploring the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the United States today. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help each member of the class arrive at a greater, more comprehensive understanding of American government and politics so that the student may be a more informed and active participant in it.
JUSTICE AND THE LAW
Justice and the Law is a semester long social studies elective that serves as an introductory course to law and legal systems in the United States. During the semester, students will cover topics such as Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Law and learn how they apply to real life situations. Students will learn through the use of case studies, research projects, group discussion/debate, guest speakers, and mock trials throughout the year in this engaging class.
This course introduces students to the building blocks of our economy. Students will learn how individuals and businesses interact in the marketplace. Key concepts include supply and demand, the labor market, money and banking, and the role of individual businesses in our economy. Also, this course provides an introduction to key concepts of economics as a whole. Students will study how GDP, unemployment, and income are measured in our country. Students will also learn about economic booms and busts and policies that are used to reduce the negative impact of those fluctuations. Finally, the course will study the impact of globalization on the world economy. Students will learn these concepts in both theory and real-world applications.