Government & Econ B

How can I know and defend my rights as an American citizen, and what are my responsibilities?

Why Take This Course?

In Government and Economics A you studied the foundational principles of the US Constitution. You read many of the authors the Founders read and used in writing the Constitution, and you studied the Constitution itself and how to use this knowledge to communicate with people of all political camps.

Government & Econ B

In Government & Econ B, students work on current issues that affect their lives.

Government and Economics B is a blast. Based on the knowledge gained last semester you will tackle real-life scenarios involving your Constitutional Rights. You will learn what Miranda Rights are and why they are important. You will learn when a Police Officer can and can’t search your cell phone, and whether or not a school official can look in your backpack without your permission, among many other Constitutional Rights you had, but didn’t know it.

The second half of the semester you will learn about Economics. You will learn how inflation works, why no single person can make a pencil, and why millions of people thought that Communism was a genius idea (at least until they began starving). You will learn why Keynes and Hayek fought so much (and who they are) as well different perspectives of modern economics (democratic socialism, capitalism, laissez faire) and the best arguments for each.

This is a must-have course in preparation for entering the adult world where you will be responsible for knowing your Constitutional Rights and making sense of the trillions of dollars spent around you (and maybe someday spent by you).

 

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What individual rights do I enjoy and how can I protect them?What individual rights do I enjoy and how can I protect them? (cont.)What is economics? And what are the underlying principles behind economics?What are the main economic ideals competing in today’s economy?
What are different methods of interpreting the constitution?When should the majority be able to dominate the minority? When should the minority be free from the will of the majority?What is economics?When it comes to economic policies, what is seen and what is not seen?
What is the scope of the freedom of speech and how does it apply to my everyday life?What is the scope of the due process clause and how does it apply to my everyday life?What is a planned economy, a market economy, and a mixed economy?What is laissez-faire economics?
What is the scope of the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment and how does it apply to my everyday life?What is the scope of the equal protection clause and how does it apply to my everyday life?What is money?What are socialism and capitalism?
What is property?What is the scope of the free exercise clause and how does it apply to my everyday life?What is supply and demand?What is Keynesian economics?
What property rights are guaranteed by the Constitution?What is the scope of the establishment clause and how does it apply to my everyday life?What are inflation and deflation?How can materialism become a threat to freedom?
What does it mean to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures?What is the scope of the right to bear arms and how does it apply to my everyday life?What are wages, prices, spirals and controls?What are the benefits and challenges of Globalization?
What are depressions and recessions?How can I positively impact today’s economy?
What is the boom-and-bust cycle (the business cycle)? What causes it?What is the Tytler Cycle? And how can understanding that impact my view of government?
What is the current federal debt? What impact does the debt have on my life?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Find required versions and ISBNs on the High School Booklist

AuthorTitle
Bastiat, Frederic*Selected Essays on Political Economy
Maybury, Richard J.Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
Alexis de Tocqueville*Democracy in America (optional)
  • *Available in the public domain so you can find these works free online. Links will be provided in the course for those who do not wish to purchase the physical books.
 

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)
  • Prerequisites: Government & Econ A
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
  • Format: Live/Self-Paced
  • Credits: 0.5