Note: This course is intended to teach and reinforce crucial academic skills to help students strengthen their background in the subject area prior to taking an advanced level course.
Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:
Why is American politics dominated by two parties?
How come electoral votes seem to matter more in presidential elections than
How can America claim to be the country of "liberty and justice for all" when I hear
and see stories about injustices and violations of individual freedoms?
How can I make my political voice heard when I am just one of 300 million
Why do we allow millions of illegal aliens into the United States every year when
many legal U. S. residents are living in poverty?
If you have wondered about complicated questions like these, or if reading the questions above has generated a spark of intellectual curiosity, then you might want to consider signing up for this course.
This course is designed for motivated students who are interested in attaining a well-rounded perspective in American government. The course will provide students with an introductory look at the major aspects of government that every American citizen should know. Students will become familiar with the major institutions, groups, and political beliefs in the American governmental system. Course activities will include discussion groups, short papers, peer feedback, interactive website assignments, and student projects. While significant content will be included as part of this course, a major focus will be on stimulating an interest and passion in the subject of government, with the idea of becoming an educated and involved civic citizen in an increasingly complex world.
If you have actually read this far in the course description I feel obliged to provide you with the following warning, just in case you decide to take this class:
1) You are likely to have more fun than you thought possible in a government class!
2) Some of the issues covered in this course are controversial in nature, so be prepared to have your personal views challenged in the form of healthy, productive debates with your peers!
*This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.*