Participation in Government and Economics are the two half year courses of social studies for seniors. Students must pass both classes in order to graduate.
Participation in Government (PIG) focuses on learning about the various levels of government in the United States as well as how citizens can take an active role in it. Throughout the course students learn about their rights in relation to the government, the law making process, the judicial system and the role of the executive. They also learn about some of the controversial issues facing citizens today and have the opportunity to research and discuss one issue in depth. Students are required to complete a research paper, called an Individual Issue Summary, and present this information to their classmates. Attendance in class is key so that students are able to actively participate in discussions and class activities. For more information, please see the course curriculum map below.
Economics focuses on learning about the economy of the United States, the role we play as individuals in the economy and the role the US plays in the global economy. Much of what is covered in class is geared to be personalized for students to help them plan for their future. For more information, please see the course curriculum map below.