11th - 12th Grade
    Credit - 1/2
    Semester 1 or 2

    In this course, students will identify and examine important social, political, cultural, and economic issues facing the United States today. Students will study both domestic and international perspectives on those issues. The format of the course will change by quarter. The first quarter, the class will collectively select broad categories, like education, foreign policy, science and technology, immigration, and race issues, and each week will be devoted to the study of that issue. Students will be presented with articles, videos, and guest speakers throughout the week, and each week will culminate on Friday with a graded discussion. The next quarter is devoted to research and presentations. Students select whatever “current issue” interests them the most - anything from abortion to steroids in sports - then write a research paper and deliver a presentation over their topic. In addition to the daily homework and research project, students in this course are expected to participate in debate and discussion and stay current with the news via television, Internet, and newspaper.
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