American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, & Economics - SeminarThis course digs deep into the formation of our government and economic systems. We will study our government from top to bottom and the roles citizens play in the government. The American market economy will also be covered and we will go into the citizens and the government's role in it. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. Students will need a practical understanding of these systems of civics and economics that affect their lives as consumers and citizens. Furthermore, this course serves as a foundation for United States History. It is recommended that this tenth grade course, Civics and Economics, directly precede the eleventh grade United States History survey course to maintain continuity and build historical perspective.
As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice. The economic, legal, and political systems are balanced for presentation and, like other social studies subjects; this course lends itself to interdisciplinary teaching. The goals and objectives are drawn from disciplines of political science, history, economics, geography, personal financial literacy, and jurisprudence.
As a seminar class, students will have additional requirements the standard classes don’t have. Students will be given a semester long community service project for a non-profit organization and must do something that helps the greater community. Students in Seminar will also have additional debate, reading and writing requirements that honors classes don’t have. At least once a unit, Seminar students will be asked to read additional content on topics that relate to the curriculum and then be able to write and debate about that topic for a grade.