Social Studies with Mr. T

Government is the social science that studies the processes, principles, and structure of political institutions and the exercise of authority and the act of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.

Course Description: Students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Tennessee and various local governments. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States Government and Civics standards.

Apathy, it seems, has become an enduring fixture in America’s political tradition.  There is no need to look far to find evidence of this unfortunate epidemic.  Indeed, America is one of the few democracies in which the citizens take pride in their own political indifference.  By providing students with an understanding of the purpose of government, how it works, and the responsibilities of citizens living in a democratic society, this course seeks to create socially and politically informed students who possess the ability to make future decisions that will ensure the survival of the ideals that America was founded upon.  
 

COURSE RATIONALE

The purpose of this course is to provide a survey of economics, as it relates to four broad areas: 1) the definition of economics and basic economic principles; 2) microeconomic theory; 3) macroeconomic theory; and 4) international economics.  Economics is a very broad social science. Therefore, the course will also incorporate elements from other social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, and political science.  Basic math skills help students succeed in this course, as we use various calculations to track and explain economic concepts and events.
 
This course does have a strong foundational concept, in terms of written study assignments and classroom lesson material.  The course, however, focuses more on critical thinking skills and projects completed mostly in groups.  The quality of assignments completed in this course is more important than quantity
 
Economics Course Description:
Students will examine the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by government agencies and by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, and voters. Key elements of the course include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. Students will examine the key economic philosophies and economists who have influenced the economies around the world in the past and present. Informational text and primary sources will play an instrumental part of the study of economics where it is appropriate.
 
Personal Finance Course Description:
Personal Finance is a course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing.
 
In addition to basic Economics and Personal Finance, this course centers on more student-directed learning activities. The students are required to focus on current events that pertain to the field of economics. Presentations, research, simulations, and projects are incorporated as part of the course. Students are encouraged to work independently and cooperatively in a variety of endeavors.

Course Description: Students will explore the ways sociologists view society, and also how they study the social world. In addition, students will examine culture, socialization, deviance and the structure and impact of institutions and organizations.  Also, students will study selected social problems and how change impacts individuals and societies.