Day & Time: Thursday 1:10-2:20
Mentor: Angie Gardner, aka Frizzle
Who is closer to the truth: Orwell or Huxley?
In this exciting and interactive Political Science class, students will examine today’s American Society and its government. Participants will be introduced to the principles of the American political system on national, state, and local levels. Including discussion of constitutions, federalism plus executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the government. Other topics include political behavior, elections and parties, interest groups, and the policy making processes that address political issues. Current events will be discussed regularly.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Explain the key elements of the U.S. and California constitutions and describe how they have changed over time.
Identify and evaluate institutions and political processes within the national, state and local governments.
Explain the role of societal actors in influencing government policy.
Analyze the role of ideology, culture and diversity in shaping public opinion and public policy in the United States and California.
Define civil liberties and civil rights, identify their sources and outline how and why they have changed over time.
Outline the policy making process at the national, state and local levels, analyzing relations amongst the three branches of government, social institutions and citizen participation.
I utilize Google Classroom for all assignments, communications, online discussions, and updates, so students need a personal Gmail account. This makes it easy to refer to for homeschool teacher meetings, assignment details, due dates, and grades.
“What is memorized is easily forgotten; what is understood is never forgotten.” ~Dr. Adler
We recommend enrolling in the Friday Simulation class at our Rocklin center along with this class. Simulations are a great way to experience what is learned in class in an interactive way, bringing challenges and crises to life. In this once a month class, we will recreate historical and hypothetical events to help students engage in the subject, learn from one another, and have an educational experience they will never forget.
All classes are full-year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.