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Civics Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Before enrolling in Civics Part 2, students should have successfully completed Civics Part 1 or equivalent coursework. Civics Part 2 begins with continued exploration of the citizen's role within society as a whole. The course then moves on to a thorough investigation of the components of the American economy, including its foundations as well as how it interacts with other economies of the world. Finally, students will examine the United States in the context of world politics by studying foreign policy and the future of the U.S. in today's world.

Available Sept. 1, 2013

It is recommended that students successfully complete Civics Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the basic roles and rights of American families by evaluating how they may serve their communities and country.
  • Analyze why education policy is so politically active by identifying the role education plays in the scope of government.
  • Identify different types of communities by comparing and contrasting their features. 
  • Explain the function of communities in our society by identifying the reasons people choose to be a part of a community.
  • Evaluate methods of community improvement by researching and contrasting past improvement attempts. 
  • Recognize different methods of fighting crime by researching their effectiveness.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Evaluate the argument for a separate justice system for juveniles by examining the circumstances of trying juveniles as adults.
  • Compare and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the three major types of economic systems. 
  • Analyze the laws of supply and demand by evaluating their relationship in various situations.
  • Determine the unique features of a capitalist system by comparing them to those of other competing systems.
  • Relate the crucial role entrepreneurship plays in the production of wealth by examining personal motives for those productions and the sources of everyday products.
  • Identify consumption as the main engine of the American economy by measuring the different sources of economic growth in the country.  

Unit 3 Essential Content and Skills

  • Evaluate the role banks play in distributing capital by examining startup businesses and calculating the money needed to help a business begin.
  • Relate the basic function of the stock market by choosing a hypothetical stock and going through the process of investment.  
  • Compare the events leading to the most recent economic recession by determining how it is similar to and different from the Great Depression. 
  • Demonstrate the purpose of unions by exploring conditions before and after unionization.  
  • Define the relationship between America’s labor and capital resources by examining changes in economic output from the past to the present.
  • Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of free trade by drawing conclusions from the history of the protective tariff.  
  • Compare and contrast white-collar work and its financial rewards to blue-collar work and its financial rewards.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze job growth in the public sector by exploring federal budgets and policies
  • Identify the traits and abilities employers seek by examining different hypothetical employment prospects.
  • List and prioritize the goals of American foreign policy by analyzing government actions abroad.
  • Identify the methods Americans use to maintain peace by critiquing sources of American power.
  • Analyze the effects the Cold War had on U.S. policy.
  • Identify the direction foreign policy is headed by evaluating new policy decisions

Course Materials

  • Holt McDougal Civics in Practice (textbook)
  • Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved