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12
th

Grade Government
-
Economic
s

Course Outline & Syllabus

Mr. Gene Ponder

Spanish Fort High School

2013
-
2014



Unit 1:

Economic Introduction

(Chapter 1); (CR
-
5)

*
Supplemental Reading
:

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes o
f the Wealth
of

Nations
, Adam
Smi
th

(25/25

points)

*Supplemental Video:

ABC News: Wealth of Nations (25

points)











Economic Systems & Decision Making

(Chapter 2); (CR
-
5)

*
Supplemental Reading
/Research
: Economic Systems:

Socialism,
Communism, Capitalism
, Fascism
:

Definitions,
Advantages & Disadvantages,

Comparative Analysis
, Comparative GDP, Standards of Living, Disposable
Personal Income
, Personal/Economic Freedoms, War Crimes, etc…
(Links
provided,

100/100

points)
. Find an article(s) about each of the 4 types of
ism’s and add
ress each topic listed.


*Supplemental Vid
eo: ABC News: Is America #1? (25

points)











Comparative Economic Systems

(Chapter 18); (CR
-
5)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
:
Choose 1:

Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong,
Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez
, Pol Pot,
Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara,
Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Juan D. Peron, Vladimir Lenin, Emperor
Hirohito, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung, Omar al
-
Bashir,
Slobodan Milosevic, Idi Amin, Yakubu Gowon, Antonio de Salazar, Czar
Nichola
s II, King Leopold II, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Enver Hoxha, King
Abdullah (Saudi Arabi)
, Charles Taylor, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Gamal Abdel
Nasser, David Dacko, Robert Mugabe, Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, Than
Shwe,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatolla
h Khomenei, M
uammar Gaddafi.

(1
00
/100
/50

points)

Style of government/economy, deaths by policy,
political targets, tax/regulatory policies, country of origin,

wars,
socioeconomic regulations, religious regulations,

etc…)

***
Assessment
:
Chapter
1
-
2
-
18 Vocab. Quiz (1
00
points)












Business Organizations

(Chapter 3);


*
Supplemental Reading
/Research
: Free Enterprise Advantages &
Disadvantages
, Personal Wealth, National Wealth
, Economic Freedom,
Economic Choice, Competition,
GDP, Tax Rates, luxuries, property
ownership, etc…

(
25/25

points)
.


*Supplem
ental Video: ABC News: Greed (25

points)





Demand?

(Chapter 4);










Supply?

(Chapter 5);

*
Supplemental Research
: Create/Draw 1 Demand & 1 Supply

Curve

Chart
showing how and explaining why each curve shifts

and the direction of shift
.
Explain the Law of Supply and Demand below each chart and provide 1
exception to each law. Explain how price effects demand and supply.

Explain
how economic consumer and p
roducer regulations effect price. (50/50

points)


*Supplemental Vid
eo: The Price System at Work (25

points)



*Supplemental Video: I the Pencil (25 points)


















***
Assessment

Chapter
3
-
4
-
5 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)


***************

UNIT 1

EXAM: Chapter
1
-
2
-
18
-
3
-
4
-
5 (2
00 points
)


Unit 2
:

Prices as Signals

(Chapter 6);

*Supplemental Video: AB
C News: The Power of Choice (25
points)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
: Price Ceilings and Floors
. Provide an
example of price ceilings and floors.
Explain the economic policy, which
governs ceilings and floors. Who benefits? Who pays? How are those policies
implemented? Which department(s) of government regulates your example?
(25/25 points)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
:

Agricultural Price Support
s
.

Who
benefits? Who pays? How do price supports affect market prices, supply, and
demand? Explain the economic system(s) of price supports.
(25/25 points)

*Supplemental Video: Understanding Inflation (25 points)












Market Structures

(Chapter 7);
(CR
-
5)

*Supplemental Vid
eo: The Drew Carey Project I (25

points)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
: Federal Regulatory Agencies: Choose 1
(FDA, FTC, FCC, SEC, NLRB, FAA, EEOC, EPA, OSHA, CPSC, NRC, FERC
,
FDIC, IRS, FRS, ICC
, SBA, SSA, CFTC, FMC, FRTIB, GSA,
ITC
)
Explain the
historical origin of, purpose of, causes and effects of your regulatory agency.
(25/25 points)

*Supplemental Video: The Housing Bubble (25 points)













Labor and Wages

(Chapter 8); (CR
-
5)

























*Supplemental Vid
eo:

ABC News: The Blame Game (25

points)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
: Presidential Intervention of labor
-
management disputes
. Provide a historical example of injunction or seizure of
the private market. Who was the President?
Explain the c
auses and resul
ts
of intervention?

(25/25 points)


***
Assessment

Chapter 6
-
7
-
8 Vocab.

Quiz

(100 points)






















Sources of Government Revenue

(Chapter 9); (CR
-
5)

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
: The Fair Tax, The
Flat Tax,
The
Pr
ogressive Income Tax
. Provide a brief historical explanation of the history
of American Taxation from 1776
-
1942. Research each of the 3 typ
es of tax
proposals: Explain each

method
/policy of taxation related to an individual
s

4
th

& 5
th

amendment rights under the
U.S Constitut
ion. (100/100

points)

*Supplemental Video:

Joh
n Stossel Goes to Washington (25

points)













Government Spending

(Chapter 10); (CR
-
5)


*
Supplemental
Readings/Research
:
Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security,
Social Security Disability, Supplemental
Security Income, Food Stamps,
Welfare (TANF), Head Start, Unemployment Insuran
ce Compensation, Net
Interest on the

Debt, Veterans Benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit, Pell
Grant.


Choose 1 entitlement and p
rovide
2012 spending amounts

per expenditure
,
10
-
year growth

period

of spending, demographic of spending, gender of
spending, age of spending
, eligibility of benefits, percentage of beneficiaries
(75/75 points)


***
Assessment

Chapter
9
-
10 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

*****************Unit 2

EXAM: Chapters
6
-
7
-
8
-
9
-
10 (2
00 points)


Unit 3
:
Money and Banking

(Chapter 11);

*
Supplemental Reading/Research
: Bitcoin, Liberty Dollars, Disney Dollar,
Digitial
Gold,
Ber
k
shares, Community Exchange System, Detroit Community
Scrip, Fourth Corner Exchange,
Litecoin.

Explain the advantages and disadvantages of, purposes of, legal
consequences of usage. Provide an example of government regulation of
money. Which department of government enforces fiat currency and why?
Who benefits from one form of currency?
(25/25 poi
nts)













Financial Markets

(Chapter 12);

*Supplemental Power Point: Investin
g, Mutual Funds, Stocks (50

points
)

*
Supplemental Research/Game
:
http://www.marketwatch.com/game/100k
-
virtual
-
stock
-
market
-
game

Register a name, password, and begin playing.
We will play for 30 days and review our investments. (100 points)


***Assessment

Chapter 11
-
12 Vocab Quiz (100
points)
























Economic Performance

(Chapter 13);


*Supplemental
Video: Drew Carey Project II (25

points
)













Economic Instability

(Chapter 14); (CR
-
5)


*Supplemental

Video: The Great Depression (25

points)

*
Supplemental Research/Reading:

Income Inequality and Income Gap.
Choose one cause of income inequality: Education, wealth, discrimination,
monopoly power, and ability. Provide one economic policy designed to reduce
income inequality. How much money has been spent

on said policy
? Who

receives the money
/benefits
?
Who determines eligibility

and eligibility
ciriteria
? Who pays for
said
policy

and how
? Is the policy successful

reducing
the income gap
?
Why or why not?
(25/25 points)













The Federal Reserve

(Chapter 15); (CR
-
5)

*Supplemental Video: F
ederal Reserve (25

points)

*Supplemental Video:
The Secret of Oz
, Bill Still: Timeline of events, points,
and counterpoints will be documented and discussed. (100 points)

*
Supple
mental Reading
/Research
: Monetary Policy: History of

policy
,
Purpose of

policy

method of

implementation.

(25/25 points)




















***
Assessment

Chapter
13
-
14
-
15 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)



*******Unit 3

EXAM: Chapters

11
-
12
-
13
-
14
-
15 (2
00 points)


Unit 4
:

Achieving Economic Stability

(Chapter 16);
(CR
-
5)


*
Supplemental Research/Reading
: Fiscal Policy (Keynesian Economics).
Supply
-
Side Policy (Reaganomics): Chart and Discuss similarities and
differences between the two economic policies. Provide a brief historical
explanation of each policy by compa
ring
the two
policies with the De
mocra
tic
and Republican party

platforms.

(50/50 points)













International Trade

(Chapter 17); (CR
-
5
)



*
Supplemental Research/Reading
: Protectionists viewpoints: National
Defense, Promote American Industries,
Protect American Jobs, Keep Money
at Home, Balance of Payments. Choose 1 argument and present an article
promoting the protectionist policy

(25/25 points)
.




















***
Assessment

Chapter
16
-
17 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)














Developing
Countries

(Chapter 19);



















*Supplemental Video: ABC News; Tampering wit
h Nature (25

points)


*
Supplemental Research/Reading
: Education, Religion, Corrupti
on, and War
are all obstacles of

economic development. Choose 1 cause and present an
article exemplifying an

underdeveloped nation and its economic type.

(25/25
points)













Global Economic Challenges

(Chapter 20)






*
Supplemental Research/Reading
:
Green Energy Subsidies &

Costs: Choose
1 and provide: State of Business, Owner/Operator/CEO, Total Amount of
subsidies,
success of corporation and/or failure of corporation. Who pays for
subsidies? Who benefits? Solyndra, Beacon Power, Nevada Geothermal, Sun
Power, First Solar,

EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1, Fisker Automative, Abound
Solar, A123 Systems, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Brightsource,
ECOtality, Range Fuels, LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power, Navistar,
Mascoma Corporation, Konarka Technologies Inc.,


Vestas,
Azure Dynamics
Energy Conversion Devices (50/50 points)















***
Assessment

Chapter
19
-
20 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)






*************Unit 4

EXAM: Chapters
16
-
17
-
19
-
20 (
2
00 points)

Final Exam
: Chapters 1
-
20


Final Exam:
















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Summary Writing
:

I.

Introduction: Title, Author, Time Period, Main Point.

II.

3
-
5 Points of View summarized

III.

Conclusion: Overall viewpoint.

5
-
7 paragraphs.
No quotations.
No verbatim material.



American Government
Syllabus
:



Formative Quiz & Analysis
: Your Political
Self:

Quiz & Response
.
http://www.theadvocates.org/

&
http://www.isidewith.com/results/267213062


Take both quizzes. Print your answers/charts to be placed into your
p
ortfolios. Share with class

specific examples/responses. (100 points)



Unit 1
:

Principles of Government

(Chapter 1);













The
State; Political Culture (CR
-
1)

*
Supplemental Research/Reading
: The Code of Hammurabi (25/25

points)

List
10 laws you agree and/or disagree

with by comparing all 10 to current
federal, state, or local laws.

*Supplemental Video: The Code Of Hammurabi (25
points)

*
Supplemental Quiz
: The Pledge of A
llegiance (Origin & Meaning) (25

points
)













Origins of American Government

(Chapter 2);













Original Intent

(CR
-
1)

*
Supplemental
Research/
Readings
: Declaration of Independence & 27
grievances
.
Choose 10 grievances listed by the founding fathers that could
be listed as revolutionary grievances against our federal or state government
in today’s time.

Relate current government/economic policy with King George
policies.



















*Supplement
al Video
:

Declaration of Independence (25

points)


*Supplemental Video: Schoolhouse Rock (Preamble & Bill of Rights)


*Supplemental Video
: Sunnyla
nds: Creating a Constitution (25

points)

*
Supplemental Research/Reading
: Madison’s Virginia Plan, Federalist #10,
Federalist
#51, Anti
-
Federalist Responses #17,
or #84
.
Choose 1 and
complete a summary.

(50/50
points)

*Supplemental Research/Reading
: John Locke,

Second Treatise Of Civil
Government;

John P. Roche,

The Founding
Fathers: A Reform Caucus in
Action
,

Charles A. Beard,

Framing the Constitution

Choose 1 and complete a
summary.
(50/50
points)

***
Assessment
:
Chapter
1 &
2 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)


The Constitution

(Chapter 3); (CR
-
1)

*
Supplemental Quiz
:
Preamble, 7 Articles, Bill o
f Rights (25

points)

*
S
upplemental Research/Reading
;

Court Case
s
: U.S. vs. Morrision (2000);
McCulloch vs. Maryland (1819); Gibbons vs. Ogden (1824), Gonza
les vs
Raich (2005)
Washington D.C. v. Heller

(2008)
,
Barron vs. Mayor,
City
Council of Baltimore (1833)
. All 6 cases will be summarized. (50/50

points)

*Supplementa
l

Video
: Michael & Me, 2
nd

Amendment Rights (25

points)







*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernment:
Balance of

Power & Checks
and Balances (25

points)













Federalism

(Chapter 4); (CR
-
1)

*Supplemental Readings & Responses: James Bryce,

The Merits of the
Federal System;

Mortin Grodzins,

The Federal System
.

Choose 1 and
complete a summary

(25/25

points)

*Supplemental Video
: Sunnylands:

Key Constitutional Concepts (25

points)

***
Assessment
:
Chapter

3 &

4 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

*
Supplemental Quiz
: 1
-
27 Amendments (100 points)

**************
Unit 1
EXAM: Chapters
1
-
2
-
3&4 (2
00 points)


Unit 2
:
Political Parties

(Chapter 5); (CR
-
2&3)


*
Supplemental Video:

ABC News: You Can’t S
ay That (25
points
)


























*
Supplemental Project
: Politi
cal Parties & Presentations: Comparative Study
of Democratic &

Republican Party Platforms. Libertarian, Constitution,
Independent American, Green, America First, American,
American
Independent, American Nazi, American Reform, American Freedom,
Communist Party USA, Freedom Socialist, Independence Party of America,
Nat
ional Socialist Movement, Peace & Freedom, Prohibition, Reform, Social
Democrats USA, Socialist Party USA, US Marijuana, US Pacifist, Veterans
Party of America, American Patriot, Citizens, Conservative Party USA,
Pansexual Peace, Revolutionary Communist Pa
rty USA, Progressive Labor,
Working Families, Socialist Equality,& National Socialist Movement.



Develop charts of both the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms.
Choose 1 thir
d party and compare that party’s

platform with the Democratic
or Republica
n Party platform. (75/75

points)


*
S
upplemental Research & Readings
: David R. Mayhew,

Divided We Govern;

E.E. Schattschneider,

Party Government
.

V.O. Key,

A Theory of Critical
Elections,

V.O. Key,

The Responsible Electorate
.

Choose 1 and complete a
summary
(25
/25

points)













The Electoral Process

(Chapter 7); (CR
-
2&3)



*Supplemental Video
: A
BC News: Hype & Consequences (25

points)


***Assessment
:

Chapter
5 & 7 Vocab. Quiz (100
points
)























Voters & Voting Behavior

(Chapter 6); (CR
-
2&3)

*Supplemental Video
: Socioeconomic / Race Politics (Wal
ter Williams
;

Link
provided) (25

points)











Mass Media and Public Opinion

(Chapter 8); (CR
-
2&3)



*
Supplemental
Research/Readings
: Bernard R. Berelson,

Democratic Practice
and Democratic Theory
,
Larry J. Sabato,

The Misplaced Obsession with
,
PAC’s
; David Broder,

A Republic Subverted
. Choose 1 and complete a
summary (25/25

points)
.


























I
nterest
Groups

(Chapter 9); (CR
-
2&3)

*Supplemental Readings
/Videos
: PAC’s, 527’s, Iro
n Triangles (25

points)

*Supplemental Readings & Responses: Larry J. Sabato,

The Misplaced
Obsession with PAC’s
; David Broder,

A Republic Subverted

Choose

1 and
complete a summary
(
25/25
points)

* Supplemental Video
: ABC News:

Myths Lies & Nasty Behavior (25

points
)

***
Assessment
:

Chapter
6 & 8
-
9 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

********************Unit 2

EXAM: Chapters 6
-
8
-
9 (2
00 points)


Unit 3
:

Congress

(Chapter 10); (CR
-
4)

*
Supplemental
Court Cas
e Research & Reading
: Buckley vs. Valeo (1976)
(25/25

points)


*Supplemental Video:

Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: Con
gress At Work An Inside
Look (25

points)











Congress at Work

(Chapter 11); (CR
-
4)

*Supplemental
Readings & Responses: Morris P. Fiorina,

The Rise of the
Washington Establishment (
25/25

points)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: In commit
tee How a Bill
Becomes A Law (25

points
)





















Congress in Action

(Chapter 12); (CR
-
4)


*Suppl
emental Video
: ABC N
ews: Lies, Myths & Stupidity (25

points)


*** Assessment
:
Chapter
10
-
11
-
12 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)


The Presidency

(Chapter 13); (CR
-
4)

*Supplemental Video
: Sunn
ylands: Presidential Mandate (25

points)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: A Heartbeat Away Selecting
the Vice President

(25 points)

*S
upplemental Research & Reading
: John W. Dean,

Presidential Powers in
Times of Emergency

(
25/25 points)

*
Supplemental Court Case Research & Reading
: Ex Parte Milligan (1866),
I
NS vs. Chadha (1983) (50/50 points)































The Presidency in Action

(Chapter 14); (CR
-
4)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: Presidential Prerogative The
Power of the Office

(25 points)

*
Supplemental Quiz
:

1
-
43

Presidents Quiz
(50 points)


***
Assessment
:
Chapter
13
-
14 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

********************Assessment: Unit 3 Exam (200 points)


Unit 4:
Government at Work

(Chapter 15); (CR
-
4)

*
Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: The

Census Stand and Be
Counted (25

points)

*
Supplemental Quiz
: EOP, Cabinet, Czars, Independent
Regulatory &
Executive Agencies Quiz (5
0 points)

*Supplemental Readings & Responses: James Q. Wilson,

The Rise of the
Bureaucratic State;

Peter Woll,

Constitutional Democracy an
d Bureaucratic
Po
wer (25/25

points)


Choose 1 article and complete a
summary.


























Foreign Policy

(Chapter 17);

*Supplemental Video: ABC News: War on Drugs (25

points)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: The President Goes to War &
The War

Powers Act

(25 points)


*Supplemental Video
: Selective Service, A

Voluntary Military or Draft (25

points)

































The Judicial Branch

(Chapter 18); (CR
-
4)

*Supplemental Video
: Sunnylands, Checks & Ba
lances, Gideon v. Wainwright
(25

points)

*
Supplemental
Court Cases

Research & Reading
: Gideon v. Wainwright
(1963), Marbury vs. Madison (1803)
; Dennis vs U.S. (1951)

(
25/25

points)

*Supplemental Readings & Responses: John P. Roche,

Judicial Self
-
Restraint;

James Madison,

Federalist #78;

William J. Brennan,

How the
Supreme

Court Arrives at Decisions (25/25

points)
.

Choose 1 article and
complete a summary
.

*Audiovisual: Sunnylan
ds: An Independent Judiciary (25

points)

***
Assessment
:
Chapter
15 & 17
-
18 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

****************Unit 4
EXAM: Chapters
15 &
17
-
18 (100 points)


Unit 5:

Civil Liberties

(Chapter 19); (CR
-
5)

*Supplemental Video
: ABC News:

Help Me I Can’t Help Myself (25

points)


*Supplemental Video
: Busted (ACLU)


(
25 points)

*
Supplemental
Court Cases

Research & Reading
: Griswold vs. Connecticut
(1965), University of California Board of Regents vs. Bakke
(1978), Roe vs.
Wade (!973)
,
New York Times vs. Sullivan (1964)
: Bob Jones
vs. U.S.
(1983), Escobedo vs. Illinois

(1964); Greg vs. Georgia (1976), Lem
on vs.
Kurtzman


(50/50

points)

Summarize all 8

cases.

*
Supplemental Research & Readings
: Sandra Day O’Connor,

Constitutional
Liberty and the Right to Abortion
; William R. Rehnquist,

Liberty, Privacy, and
the Right to Abortion
; Antonin Scalia, Liberty and

Abortion:

A Strict
Constructionist’s View

(25/25

points)

Choose 1 article and summarize.











Protecting Individual Rights

(Chapter 20); (CR
-
5&6)

*Supplemental Video
:

ABC News: Stupid in America (25

points)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: D
rug Testing in Schools A Test
of Civil Liberties

(25 points)




*Supplemental Video:

Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: Prayer i
n School A Nationwide
Debate (25

points)

*S
upplemental Research & Readings
: Samuel Warren & Louis Brandeis,

The
Right to Privacy;

Oliver
Wendell Holmes,

The Need to Maintain a F
ree
Marketplace of Ideas (25/25

points)






































Civil Rights

(Chapter 21); (CR
-
6)

*Supplemental Video
: Sunnylands: Thurgood Marshall & Civil Rights

(25
points)

*Supplemental Video
: Sunny
lands: A Call to Act (Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire
& Rubber Company)

(25 points)

*Supplemental Video
: Am
erican
Gov
ernmen
t: Equal Access The Rights of the
Disabled

(25 points)

*
Supplemental
Court Cases

Research & Readings
: Engel v. Vitale (1962);
Plessy v. F
erguson (1896); Brown vs. Board of Education (1954 & 1955)
;

Miranda vs. Arizona (1966);
Powell vs. Alabama (1932); New Jersey v. TLO
(1985); Sheppard vs. Maxwell (1966) U.S. vs. Leon (1984) Complete all 8

cases and summarize.

***
Assessment
:
Chapter
19
-
20
-
21 Vocab. Quiz (100 points)

****************** Unit 5

EXAM: Chapters 19
-
20
-
21(2
00 points)



Final Exam Chapters 1
-
21

Final Exam:
















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