U.S. Government & Economics

Course Description


Full-year course. By exploring the dynamic development of economic and governmental systems in the United States, this course will prepare students for vigorous, informed, and purposeful participation in the democratic public sphere. Among other topics, students will consider the fundamental principles of the founding documents, as well as how these principles have changed over time; the variable role of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches in processes of governance; the impact of special interests; economic reasoning; and the mutually constitutive nature of the government and the market. 

Prerequisite: U.S. History.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts: 

  • McClennan, James. Liberty, Order, & Justice: An Introduction to the Constitutional Principles of American Government, 3rd ed. Liberty Fund, 2000. ISBN 9780865972568
    *A free PDF version of is available here: McClellan’s Liberty, Order, and Justice
  • Mankiw, N. Gregory. Principles of Economics (Mankiw’s Principles of Economics), 6th ed. Cengage Learning, 2011. ISBN 9780538453059

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.

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