Civics looks at the role of citizens and the way in which they form governments. Students study the documents, which are the foundation of our government, especially the Constitution and the Bill of rights. The three branches of government are closely investigated. The role of the citizen is given important consideration, along with the importance of the legal system that helps to ensure a democratic process. Students are required to focus on both the responsibilities and rights of citizens.
During this course students also study basic economic principles, such as scarcity, cost, incentives, and opportunity cost. The US economy provides the focus for the economic components of the curriculum, yet a comparison of world economic systems is part of the course of study.
In both civics and economics units, critical thinking skills are stressed through cause- effect and problem-solving activities.