Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: Social Studies 12 P.I.G.

Instructor: Mr. Gibson            Contact Time: 8:12-8:53         Phone Ext: 1521


Grading Policy

1. Go to District site:
2. Click on Department Tab
3. Click A-F
4. Click e-resource(s)
5a. Click Pearson Easy Bridge
5b. Select either SuccessnetPlus (2013 ed.) or Pearson Realize (2016 ed.)
6. Enter student username and password
7. Congratulations

Grading is based on a point value system:

o Vocab quizzes - 10 points each
o Homework - 10 points each
o Chapter Tests - approximately 3 per quarter--50 points each
o Unit Tests: 1 per quarter - 100 points
o Classwork (points will vary)

Student grades are POINTS EARNED/TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE (ex. 800/1000 = 80%).



Homework Policy
Homework will be assigned at least twice a week and is due on the due date (normally the following day).

Legally absent students will be allowed to make up their assignments.

Students have been assigned a textbook - please use the resource.

Students who are absent due to a long-term illness or other circumstance should contact Mr. Gibson so that assignments and readings ... can be forwarded along to the student.



Test Policy
Tests are cummulative theoughout the year - which means that content and concepts from previous units of study are included throughout the year in all tests.

Tests are made up of regents and regents - style multiple choice questions and document based questions.

Alternate forms of testing could include i-movies, thematic essays, document based essays or research projects.



Quiz Policy
Quizes are designed to reinforce concepts, content and skills that have been covered in class.

Make up quizes will be given in room 519 after school to students who are absent on a quiz day. Students will be asked to report for their make up upon their return.



To be announced -



Course Outline
Course Outline

Levels of Government
Elections (Primary/General)
Electoral Process
Electoral College
Amendments (various)
Amendment Process
Supreme Court Decisions
Bill of Rights
Deficit Spending
Public Policy (Issues)
Public Policy Ladder
F. D. A.
N. R. A.
Public Policy Issues
Office of Citizen
Common Good
Civic Values
Majority/Minority Opinions
Private Self Interest
Special Interests
Affirmative Action
Balancing Test
Civic Virtue
Civil Liberties
Criminal Justice
Democracy (Representative)
Due Process
Probable Cause
Search and Seizure
Career possibilities include: politician, public policy analysts, and lobbyists
UNIT 1 - Understanding the Office of Citizen
�� Defining what it means to be a citizen (democracy)
�� Characteristics of “Office of Citizen”
�� Define the concept of “public in a democratic society”
�� Differentiate between private self interest and common good
UNIT 2 - The Constitution, the Supreme Court and you
�� Identify the impact of constitutional issues on the Office of Citizen
�� Analyze the reasoning when individual rights conflict with the requirements of society
�� Various conceptions of public/common good
�� Determining and defending informed decisions on issues
UNIT 3 - You as a Policy Maker
�� Identify the range of policy alternatives related to a specific public issue
�� Selecting and supporting a solution to an issue
�� Describing the various effects of a chosen solution
�� Explaining the rationale for rejecting different alternative solutions
UNIT 4 - Applying the Process
�� Selection of a current issue of public interest
�� Research and analyze the issue in-depth
�� Prescribe a course of action to resolve the problem
�� Prepare a position paper/presentation
�� Present and defend the proposed resolution orally
UNIT 5 - Participating in Governing: Making a Difference
�� Identify the factors that contribute to or limit the involvement of citizens
�� Describe the role of the media in formulating public opinion
�� Articulate and define the role of political parties in American government
�� State the impact of special interests groups
�� Identify the specific ways in which citizen’s impact and participate in American democratic government.