9th Grade Government and Economics H (05020211)

9th Grade Government and Economics H (05020211)


1.0 Credit; Weighted

Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
Grade(s): 9
Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation

The Government and Economics course provides students with an opportunity to study the key concepts of government and economics and the interrelatedness of the two disciplines. Government topics include: the components of citizenship, the constitutional basis of American democracy, federalism, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, elections, campaigns, the role of interest groups, the media, individual rights, the structure of U.S. government (Congress, presidency, the courts, and bureaucracy). Economics topics include: economic theories, the global economy, macro-economic concepts such as monetary policy, fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve, money and banking, micro-economic concepts such as supply and demand, competition/monopolies, business organizations, entrepreneurship and the stock market. Students are engaged in a number of activities designed to foster acquisition and understanding of social studies concepts: reading primary and secondary sources, Socratic discussion, frequent written expression, analysis of propaganda and other visual media, creative projects, and simulations. More traditional assessment methods (objective tests, expository essays, and research projects) are used to evaluate the progress of students. The honors curriculum is vigorous and uses advanced level texts. Higher-level thinking and writing skills are emphasized through the use of synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.