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    Course Overview-

    This course provides students with experiences to study individual rights provided to them by the United States Constitution and other related laws.Studets will deal with the direct and indirect effects that government has on your everyday lives, what rights you posses as an American citizen, and what responsibilities each citizen has to their government on the local, state and national levels. Students will also examine the basic ideals of our global economy and what effects these ideals have not just on our government, but also our everyday lives. Other relevant topics included in this course include the elections / voter registration process, United States foreign policy, and social issues that concern young adults and all Americans.

     
     
    Units / Themes of Study for This Course –
     
    • Unit I: Basic Principles of Economic (Marco / Microeconomics)
    • Unit II: Political Parties, Ideology, Elections, & Voting
    • Unit III: Public Policy, Political History, & National / State Government
    • Unit IV: Consitutional Law & Criminal Justice
     
     
     

     
     
    Why is studying civics, government, & politics important in Pennsylvania?

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Find out more of our studies of American third-parties through the Politics1 site, a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate

     
     
     
     
     
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    To see more on some of the major Super PACs active in the most recent election cycle, check out some of the grest research projects created by our 12th Grade Government and Economics students using the interactive media poster site, Glogster

     
           
                 
           
    Representing Etown on the National Political Stage!
     
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    Posted below are a few examples of student made docu-shorts that tackled various issues in the area of voting in the US from our Government and Economics class during the spring semester of 2016. Student created, produced, and filmed these shorts as part of the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Film Festival Contest. YLI is a non-partisan educational group of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics that supports and promotes civic education across the US.
     
       
             
       
     
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    Out of this group of great docu-shorts, five student-created documentaries were selected to be part of the fall 2016 premiere of the UVA Center for Politics' latest political documentary Feeling Good About America: The 1976 Presidential Election. Student work was showcased at stations within the Center's reception hall for the benefit of guests with UVA interns talking a bit about the voting issues the docu-shorts addressed and the inspiration behind them from the student filmmakers.
     
    To see more about the documentary, click here
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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     *Posted below are videos from Mr H's Fall Government & Economics classes who went on to the 2017 StudentCam Competition*
     
    *To see all the videos from this semester, click here for B1 & here for B3*
     
                   
     
      *Posted below are videos from Mr H's Fall Government & Economics classes who went on to the 2018 StudentCam Competition*
     
    *To see all the videos from this semester, click here for B1 & here for B3*
     
            
     
     
     
     
     
     
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     *Posted below are videos from Mr H's Spring Government & Economics classes who went on to the 2018 Youth Film Challenge*
     
    *To see all the videos from this semester, click here for B1*
     
              
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Each semester, the Etown Social Studies Department invites a number of state and local political leaders with connections to the Etown community to come and participate in our "student town hall" events. The "student town halls" usually consist of two parts: (1) a short introduction from our guest representative on who they are, where they come from, how they represent the Etown community, and how they got involved in politics and (2) a Q&A "town hall" session, led by our students, and focused on the issues most important to them.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    *Click the banner above to find out more about the Bill of Rights Institute's annual essay contest*
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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     For this assignment, students will be taking on the role of young entrepreneurs creating the next big product in education (classroom product, app, culture product, etc.) using only their imagination, research data, and their knowledge of basic economic principles.  They will then research the market and the potential demand for their product, conduct focus group testing to see what the possibility is of their product being a success, calculate costs of production, and project the supply and demand of their product should it be picked up and produced.  The whole project culminates in a final presentation, where students are required to bring in a prototype, advertisements, and presentation materials that will be used to pitch their product to a “Shark Tank” panel of experts and negotiate a deal to make their product a reality. 
     
    To see some of the great edu product ideas, our students have come up with and their presentations, click below
     
     
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    Judical Research Projects
     
     
    During our Constitutional History and Government Unit, students researched a number of controversial issues that currently exist in our judicial system. Using the publishing site Atavist, students work to create overviews of these issues and the problems they cause, but also offer possible ideas for solutions.
     
    Some of those projects are featured below. Feel free to click the link provided to view.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Clicking here to access the new PA Online Voter Registration System!
     
     

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