We are part of many different communities that shape who we are and what we believe. This course provides students with opportunities to understand better how our society and political system shape their various identities. By exploring aspects of our identities and lived experiences, we evaluate how the concept of citizenship and the individual citizen work together to create the communities we inhabit. From the launching point of the knowledge, values and feelings we bring into the class, we uncover our own biases, explore the difference between fact and opinion, practice empathy, and learn to voice our own perspectives without silencing the perspectives of others. We investigate how power structures in our society, ranging from government to the media, affect us. Students who take this course will leave with an increased understanding of our political system and society, the structural framework that shape our identities, increased empathy and global awareness. Because the fall semester 2020 coincides with the Presidential election in November, in every unit, students will use the theoretical concepts learned in class to assess and analyze the election campaigns, the role of traditional and social media, and the ever evolving American political landscape.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“I really enjoyed the topics that we are touched upon. I think they are very interesting, and I love learning more about different cultures, especially those misrepresented by the media. Additionally, the topics we have discussed allowed me to discover new parts of myself and my own identity”
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
Students wishing to pursue a civics or political science project may enroll in the course for the full year. For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry, authentic and iterative research, critical analysis, and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term activism, design or research project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
Upon completion of their inquiry-driven project, students will have gained academic maturity and expanded their ability to engage in a diverse and changing world. They will be able to draw and defend conclusions from theoretical underpinnings, contextual background, and mathematical analysis or source evaluation. Finally, they will have created and tested something useful of their own design or will be able to defend a position based on their own research. Check out the video below to hear from the facilitators and learn more about your seminar project!
Social Sciences Teacher
BA Uppsala University
MA Murray State University
PhD Northern Illinois University