Participation in Government/Economics
Social Studies 12
Participation In Government
The Social Studies 12 is a core curriculum is designed to be a culminating course of study that focuses on Social Studies Learning Standard 5—Civics, Citizenship, and Government (the civics standard). Participation in Government is the civics capstone of a student’s K–12 social studies experience. Upon entering 12th grade, students should be ready to synthesize and apply this content-rich experience to the study of contemporary and/or historic public issues and to increase the student’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities as a citizen. The term participation is interpreted in its broad sense. It is designed to engage students in the analysis of public policies and issues that are relevant to individual students. Fundamental to Participation in Government is a course of study that has students defining, analyzing, monitoring, and discussing issues and policies. The Participation in Government course will require students to use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the U.S. and other nations; the U.S. Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation. This course will ultimately emphasize the study of government at the local, state, and national levels with an emphasis on learning how students may participate in the political process and examine as well as discuss contemporary political issues.