Social Studies III: American Government and Economics

This course is a study of the foundations and functions of American Government. The course is presented in two semesters.

Semester 1 identifies the origins and purposes of government, law, and politics in the United States. It discusses the purposes and provisions of the Constitution and its amendments. It examines citizenship, Civil Rights, voting rights, affirmative action policies, reverse discrimination cases, political parties, interest groups, propaganda techniques, and the affect media has on public policies and political agendas. This course is a study of the United States federalist system of government. It details the structure and functions of the federal and state legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and examines independent federal agencies, Constitutional powers, other national governments and world affairs.

Semester 2 describes the fundamentals of a Market Economy including economic systems, production possibilities curve, supply and demand, business organizations, market structures, price and non-price competition, absolute and comparative advantage, and the role of money. It also discusses the national economy including economic goals, wage and price control, capital investments, monopolies, inflation, taxes, the national budget and debt, and the Federal Reserve System.

1 Credit

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course is aligned to the National Council for History Standards (NCHS), Florida Sunshine State Standards, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards.

Social Studies III Semester 1

Founding Ideals and Principles
The Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Changes in Civil Rights
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Political Communication
Legislative Branch
Executive Branch
Judicial Branch
Local Government     
Foreign Policy
World Affairs  
Other Political Systems

Social Studies III Semester 2

Economic Systems
Production Possibilities Curve
Supply and Demand
Business Organizations
Market Structures
Price and Non-Price Competition
Absolute and Comparative Advantage
Economic Goals
Wage and Price Control
Capital Investments
National Budget and Debt
Federal Reserve System

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