Government & Economics B

Why This Class

As a parent, you want your student to understand their rights—and know when to stand up for them. You also want them to know how the economy works. This course helps by guiding your student through the Supreme Court cases that have shaped American civil rights and introducing them to the foundations of economic theory.

Students in this course start by discovering Miranda Rights and why they matter. Through a series of Supreme Court case studies and debates, they explore dozens of constitutional protections, including when a police officer can and cannot search a cell phone. Mentors then turn the focus to economics, where students learn how inflation works and identify the best arguments for and against capitalism, democratic socialism, and laissez-faire.

Students emerge from this course with an uncommonly broad and deep awareness of what makes American political and economic freedom tick. They can hold their own in detailed conversations about constitutional rights and the economic forces that affect their lives.

Overarching Questions

What individual rights do I enjoy and how can I protect them?

What is economics?

What are inflation and deflation?

What are socialism and capitalism?

How can I positively impact today’s economy?

Reading List

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Richard J. Maybury

The Five Thousand Year Leap by Cleon Skousen

The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk (optional)

*Selected Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat

*Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (optional)

*Available in the public domain so you can find these works free online. Links will be provided in the course for those who do not wish to purchase the physical books.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)

Prerequisites: Government & Economics A (recommended)

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic), 7 (Honors)

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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