• Civics Syllabus



    Delia Doss

    Redington High School

    Room 209

    Contact: Phone: 907-864-5400; ext. 428 Email: delia.doss@matsuk12.us

    Required Text: American Civics

    Additional Resources: Handouts provided

    Course Description:

    The American Civics course is designed to enable students to prepare to become a responsible member of a democratic society. Throughout this course students will examine the difference between a citizen’s duty and a responsibility. Students will also study comparative governments as well as economic systems while focusing on the American system of government and our economic system. Students will also develop an appreciation for the ideals written into the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


    Course Objectives:

    By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

    1. Apply examples of the rule of law as related to individual rights and the common good.
    2. Analyze the major differences for the basics systems of government.
    3. Analyze the principles and ideals that shape United States government.
    4. Compare and contrast various systems of government.
    5. Compare and contrast the basic principles and ideals found in significant documents.
    6. Analyze strategies used to resolve conflicts in society and government.
    7. Examine political leadership and public service in a republican form of government.
    8. Analyze citizens' roles in the political process toward the attainment of goals for individual and public good
    9. Examine the process of checks and balances among the three branches of government, including the creation of law
    10. Identify the politics of interest groups (e.g. business and labor organizations, ethnic and religious organizations) on foreign policy.
    11. Analyze how choices are made because of scarcity.
    12. Explain the opportunity cost associated with government policies.
    13. Explain how incentives cause people to change their behavior in predictable ways.
    14. Explain how competition between buyers and sellers affects price.


    Academic Honesty:

    Any work submitted by the student shall be his/her own. Work taken from others shall be deemed as unacceptable. Any doubts will initiate the completion of an alternative assignment or a zero on the required effort, depending on the severity of the infraction.


    Class Policies and Expectations:

    1. Class will commence at the sound of the bell. Every student shall be prepared with a pencil and binder and in their seats working on the posted assignment when the bell rings.
    2. Every student shall have and keep an up to date binder that will include all handout, notes, journal entries and homework in a neat, organized chronological order. Binders will be graded once for every nine week grading period.
    3. Every student is responsible for any notes, assignments and assessments that are missed due to absences. Assignments and daily work are posted in google classroom. Students will not get ready to leave until the teacher instructs them to. Work in this class will be done from bell to bell.
    4. Students will be expected to adhere to the RJSH Code of Conduct.
    5. Cellphones are not to be used during class time. If a student does not comply and is found using the cellphone, for any reason, the phone will be sent to the office.
    6. The class will be established as both a discussion and lecture based. During discussions, students are encouraged to ask questions and provide alternate methods to attack global and domestic problems facing American citizens today.
    7. Students are expected to be respectful, polite, and courteous to all teachers, students, and guests in the classroom. Students are expected to respect other’s property and privacy. Disruption of instruction of any sort will result in a discipline referral.
    8. Students are expected to assume responsibility and take ownership of their efforts and work. Learning is a reciprocal activity. It is not one-sided. The more you put into this course, the more you will take away.
    9. Students are to use the restroom facilities between classes with the exception of true emergencies. Students will not be permitted to leave the classroom to go to their lockers for any reason.



    Summative: 70%  Tests, quizzes, finished products, etc.

    Formative:  30%  Work done in class


    Course Outline: Essential Questions

    1st Section:                 

    1. How does geography, human movement, and immigration shape our government?
    2. What are the major forms of government?
    3. What is the purpose and what are the goals of government?
    4. How does the US Constitution outline how the US government should work?

    2nd Section:                   

    1. Why did the framers of the Constitution establish separation of powers?
    2. How many members are in the House of Representatives and Senate respectively and what are the qualifications?
    3. What are the qualifications and duties of the President?
    4. How are the current Supreme Court Justices elected and what role do they play in the governmental process?

    3rd Section:

    1. How did political parties develop in the US and what is the role of political parties?
    2. What is the difference between primary elections and general elections and how has voting changed over time?
    3. What influences people’s opinions and what makes a well-informed citizen?
    4. Why is voting important and why do so few citizen’s vote?
    5. What are the main differences between core issues and stances of the liberals and conservatives?            


    4th Section:  

    1. How does economic scarcity impact daily life for individuals, regional entities, and nation-states?
    2. How does each of the modern economic systems determine the allocation of the factors of production?
    3. Why is the determination of opportunity cost important to economic decision making?
    4. What conditions could cause a reallocation of the factors of production in a market economy and in a command economy?            


Last Modified on September 4, 2019