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Government Courses

Government
(With Optional Clep for College Credit)
Suggested Age

15-18

 

Prerequisite

none

 

Process

This course is a two-semester course for upper level high school students. Students will learn not only how local, state, and national governments are structured, but means of participating in and influencing government at each level. Throughout the course we will study the institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up American politics. Special attention will be directed toward learning how to analyze primary source documents.

 

The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence will be studied in detail, supplemented by parts of the Federalist Papers. There will be a special emphasis on the judicial system. Students will survey famous historical cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade, as well as important current cases and issues. This course is highly interactive. During the semester students will participate in a variety of simulations and debates, which will help them to master the material. Students need to purchase the textbook prior to the first day of class. This class is designed to prepare students to take the Clep test for government.  Students who pass the clep test can receive college credit.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • American Government by James Wilson and John Dilulio. It is the 10th Edition published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Make sure when you order it that you do not get the essentials version – It leaves out some of the content. The ISBN is 0618556621. We should have several used copies available for sale at the open house this summer. In addition to the textbook each student will need to purchase a course supplement from their instructor the first day of class.

  • Clep Study Guide. Information about purchasing study guides for the Clep test will be handed out the first day of class.

Dual-Credit Government

Day:              Mondays

Campus:      Southwest Capstone Campus

Time:            2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Instructor:   Karen Hoghaug, 512-461-3334, khoghaug@hotmail.com

 

Suggested age:  

15 – 18 years

 

Course Description: 

Partnering with LeTourneau University, we are excited to offer this one-semester course for high school students. Students will earn 3 university credit hours.  They will learn not only how local, state, and national governments are structured, but means of participating in and influencing government at each level. Throughout the course we will study the institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up American politics. Special attention will be directed toward learning how to analyze primary source documents.

The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence will be studied in detail, supplemented by parts of the Federalist Papers. There will be a special emphasis on the judicial system. Students will survey famous historical cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade, as well as important current cases and issues.

This course is interactive. During the semester students will participate in a variety of simulations and debates which will help them to master the material.  One significant research paper will be required.

Curriculum/Materials 

  • "American Government" by James Wilson and John Dilulio. It is the 10th Edition published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Make sure when you order it that you do not get the essentials version – It leaves out some of the content.  When you order your book make sure to check the ISBN numbers. The 2006 American Government 10 edition ISBN  0618556621 and the 2006 American Government AP edition ISBN 9780618562442 are the same book- order whichever one is cheaper.  

  • Course Supplement (will be handed out first day of class, cost will be approx.. $40) 

Tuition:  No monthly tuition.  Course fee of $270 is paid directly to LeTourneau University.

Registration Fee:  $25 per student  to Karen Hoghaug.  You must also register and pay for the class with LeTourneau University.  See Handout with additional information.

Current Events from a Christian Worldview
Suggested Age

14-18

 

Prerequisite

none

 

Purpose

“Whenever the people are well-informed,

 They can be trusted with their own government."

 – Thomas Jefferson

 

The goal of this course is to learn to analyze current events – foreign and domestic  – through the lens of history with a distinctly Christian worldview. This course is designed to inspire the student’s interest in current events and politics as well as give the student an appreciation for the freedom that is unique to the United States. Raising awareness of global issues has never been more important than in our globalized, Post-9/11 world.

 

Students will:

  • Study current events as they unfold

  • Learn to differentiate between fake news and reliable news sources

  • Research the background of current news events

  • Explore governments, politics & societies around the world

  • Analyze the causes and effects of current events

  • Give Power Point presentations to demonstrate what they have learned

 

This is an interactive course. During class time students will engage in lively discussions and participate in debates. We will spend approximately one month studying each broad focus area at a time. Weekly homework assignments will alternate between reading and summarizing news articles on a particular topic, researching the background, and developing an analysis of the event. Students will also prepare regular response papers and Power Point presentations to demonstrate what they have learned.

 

Expectations:

Students should plan to spend three hours per week preparing for the course and will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Access to Internet news sources

Constitutional Law
Suggested Age

15-18

 

Prerequisite

Completion of government class or concurrent enrollment in government, exceptions will be made for students with extensive debate or moot court experience or students who are significantly advanced.

 

Process

This course teaches the fundamentals of Constitutional Law through analysis of Supreme Court decisions. Particular attention will be focused on judicial philosophy and the doctrine of original intent.

 

This is a highly interactive course. During the class students will participate in debate, discussions, case studies and simulations. Students should expect to spend three hours a week preparing for the course. Each week students will be assigned readings and will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

 

Curriculum/Materials

Taught every other year alternating with Foreign Policy.

Foreign Policy
Suggested Age

15-18

 

Prerequisite

U.S. Government is recommended by not required.

 

Purpose

In this course foreign policy is studied through the lens of history so that students have a framework for how policy decisions are made. Throughout the course we will analyze current events as they are unfolding -typically spending one month on an in-depth focus area. 

 

This is a highly interactive course. During the class students will participate in debate, discussions, case studies and simulations. Monthly students will give presentations on the focus areas. Students should expect to spend three hours a week preparing for the course. Each week students will be assigned readings and will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

 

Curriculum/Materials

Taught every other year alternating with Constitutional Law.

 
 
 
 
 
Mock Trial
Suggested Age

14-18

 

According to the competition rules, students must be in grades 9-12 to participate.

 

Prerequisites

None. However, experience in speech/debate, drama, or forensics is recommended.

Purpose

Mock Trial is a fun and challenging way to provide students with an operational understanding of the judicial system and legal processes. They will develop useful knowledge about good communication skills, critical thinking, forensic data analysis, oral advocacy, and team dynamics. 

 

Students will learn and practice the basic elements of trial advocacy, including opening statements, direct- and cross-examinations of witnesses, objections, and closing arguments. The team will analyze and argue on both sides of the case and will provide witness-stand testimony with cross-examination in a fictional trial setting. Teams compete against other teams in a progressive tournament.

 

Class Duration

Apart from the 2–3 hours of class per week, students should plan to spend one Saturday per month working with the team plus 3 or more meetings per month along with weekly video-conference meetings during the competitive season. Team members should be committed to the practice and competition weekends (usually in January) and possibly additional weekends if advancing to state finals (usually in late February or early March).

Curriculum
  • Although no textbook is required, practice and tournament materials will be provided by the instructor.
  • There is a $60 participation fee to cover the cost of the case packet, binders, and the Texas High School Mock Trial team registration fees.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

This class will only meet through the competitive season, ending in March (unless progressing to the National tournament, which is in May). Tuition covers an extensive amount of out-of-class coaching as well as individual tutoring and is only due as long as the team is competing. Because of the amount of time spent preparing for competition, students will have more than enough hours to claim an entire academic credit by February. 

 

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