Government and Economics

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From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th-12th

Live Class: Wed 1–2 p.m. ET

Dates: August 22–April 28

Price: $599

Instructor: Nate Gilbert

Note: Students can also choose to enroll in one semester of economics or one semester of government. Also an Economics and Government full year course meets on Friday.

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Course Description

This is a full year course offered Wednesday 1–2 p.m. ET. Also an Economics and Government full year course meets on Fridays.

In this course students take the Government half during the first semester and the Economics half during the second semester.

Government

Sample Course Syllabus

Why should a high school student study US government? First, everyone in The United States will be thrust into the position of voter at the age of 18. Second, the growth of our national government has meant that the federal government reaches into more and more of our everyday decisions. Third, there are a variety of issues emanating from Washington, DC and the state capitals every day. In order to not be swayed by every passing fad, it is crucial that students understand why our political institutions exist. Lastly, an educated citizenry is necessary to carry on good public discourse and maintain our republic.

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the principles behind the United States’ government and political institutions and to enable the students to interact with various viewpoints. Students will understand the historical development of our current political situation, analyze the political process, and describe how various political groups function today. The goal is for students to become familiar with public policies, our Constitutional underpinnings, and political behavior in our society. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their understanding to evaluate how just and appropriate various political actions are. The course will include engaging group discussions in the weekly live session.

Some weekly course concepts include:

  • What is legitimate government and how did the Founders envision it?
  • What different types of federalism have been debated and utilized in American government?
  • The three branches of national government (their functions, original design and current practices)
  • Political parties and their role in American government
  • How does policy making occur? What is the role of the bureaucracy?
  • The Constitution and the limits it places on government activities
  • How does the media shape perceptions?
  • America’s role in the world (past and present)

Course Structure

Students will have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. Regular assignments may include watching a video online, reading an article, or completing worksheets. Some examples of assignments include the following: playing a simulation game about the tasks of the president, writing an essay about the life of a founding father, comparing viewpoints about US foreign policy before WWII, evaluating media sources and their coverage of current events, and contrasting the platforms of various political parties. There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class. Every class is recorded and I post the recording for viewing after each class. Therefore, students can catch up if they happen to miss the live session. There is one quiz and assignment to be completed after the final live class session.

This course will serve as a prerequisite to a possible future AP US Government and Politics course.

Who should enroll?

This course is designed for students in grades 9-12 to fulfill the typical requirements of a high school government course. The maximum class size is 16 students to encourage student engagement.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments via Canvas. Work will be graded, and student questions will be addressed, in a timely manner.

Communication

Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class. I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email to students. All parents should join Canvas as observers, and I will respond to any parental questions.

Economics

Sample Course Syllabus

The course introduces students to the world of economic thinking. Students will begin to define economic concepts, understand why economists choose to view the world through a particular lens, and analyze the economic interactions of the people and businesses they observe in society. A primary goal is for students to become familiar with foundational market concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, comparative advantages, and inflation. Students should then be able to appropriately apply their economic understanding to personal decisions, businesses’ activities, and government policies. The course focuses mainly on microeconomics, but will also touch on some macroeconomic ideas.

Course Structure

The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities. Students will be expected to contribute to class activities in the live classroom or through the class discussion board. Each student will also have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. Some examples of assignments include the following: running a virtual lemonade stand and identifying economic principles used, watching a video about minimum wage laws, making a government budget using certain economic and social goals, comparing the economic and government structures of two different countries in the world, playing a stock simulation game, and reading about the history of money and inflation. There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class. There is one quiz and assignment to be completed after the final live class session.

Here is a preview of some of the weekly topics:

  • Scarcity, Resources, Opportunity Cost, Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Supply and Demand Shifts, Elasticity, Types of Goods
  • Diminishing Returns, Allocation of Scare Goods, Specialization
  • Trade in Competitive Markets, Transaction Costs
  • Understanding Economic Institutions (Banks, Corporations, Cooperatives, Labor unions), Rules of the Game
  • The Role of Government in the Economy (Taxes, Externalities, Regulations)
  • Nature and Causes of Money (Valuation, Historical Development, Inflation)
  • Comparing Economic Systems (Market, Command, Traditional, Mixed)
  • International Trade and Economic Growth
  • Stocks and Investment Options (with simulation stock buying opportunity)

Who should enroll?

This class is recommended for 9th-12th graders. Eighth graders accepted if advanced in their studies and work ethic. The course is intended to fulfill the typical requirements for a half year high school level course.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments via Canvas. Work will be graded, and student questions will be addressed, in a timely manner.

Communication

Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class. I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email to students. All parents should join Canvas as observers, and I will respond to any parental questions.

 

 

Required Texts

 

  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, 3rd edition or newer, By Richard Maybury, ISBN 0942617150 (This is for supplementary reading and not a textbook. It is used toward the end of the course.)
  • I will provide additional online links or electronic copies of texts/passages free of charge.

 

3 reviews for Government and Economics

  1. Will Stevens

    I loved these courses! Their content was very informative and the work was hard but still manageable. The live classes were very well put together, easy to take notes on, and Mr. Gilbert’s teaching style made things very easy and enjoyable to understand. I learned so much in these classes and really felt like my knowledge of these subjects was expanded. These courses were just great! Thanks so much Mr. Gilbert!

  2. Madeline Sink

    I have nothing but high regards for Mr. Gilbert and both of his classes. The workload was very manageable and informative. That is not to say the work was easy, but that there are usually about 4-5 assignments per week. During class, we would learn about a particular area or topic in class. It was easy to take notes with the power point slides, which is crucial to succeed because the weekly quizzes are based off of the topics from class. The topics we covered were interesting to say the least and it helped me to see the world through a more mature and knowledgeable lens. We would look at an argument or issue from different lenses to not create bias but to let us decide which side would fit more with our values. The assignments are also eye-opening and help to retain information that we learned from class. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions in class. In addition to the benefit of the course material, I have also seen a personal gain from this class. I believe that to be a good citizen is to be an informed citizen. I believe these two classes have helped me to become a more informed citizen and has given me knowledge that I can add to my conservative, Christian values to use in deciphering the world around me. Thank You Mr. Gilbert for being a great teacher and for making this high school requirement more than just a requirement.

  3. Josiah B

    Great course, very challenging and informative.

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Instructor Bio

Nate Gilbert

Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history, government, and economics. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and at some local schools. He now focuses on utilizing his passion for social studies to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.

Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading philosophy books, playing with his children, and outside activities. As a family, the Gilberts are involved in their local community and church fellowship.

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