Step 3-4 - The All-Purpose Civics Course
Step 3-4 - The All-Purpose Civics Course
An All-Purpose Civics Course? What on EARTH is an "all-purpose" civics course?
Well, Earth is a mighty big place, with lots of countries, states, provinces and large cities. Wherever you happen to live, your homeland has its own, unique history. It has its own politics and its own religious identity. Your land is a unique land that does not look like any other place on Earth. It has resources (and a lack of some resources), weather, and other natural phenomenon that help make your home different from any other land. Your land has its own people, with a culture they have developed for a long time.
No one could create a separate civics course for each place on Earth. And the person who writes an exceptional civics course about the United States, say (because he lives there and understand the country) is unlikely to write an exceptional civics course about, say, Bulgaria (because he does NOT live there or understand Bulgaria).
Connect The Thoughts wanted to provide a civics course that would work well for any place on Earth. Here it is! An "all-purpose" civics course that covers the history, politics, culture, geography and topography, industry and business, current form and powers of government, holidays, flags, and vows...all of the important issues that a civics course should cover.
We accomplished this by using a two step approach in almost every lesson.
- First, using CTT's educational tools (locating places and defining terms the student reads), we prepare the student to read an article explaining an aspect of civics, be it government, economy or what have you. That "area" of study is carefully explained in the article, so that the student is provided a general understanding of the subject.
-Second, through the use of directed research , the student discovers for himself the particulars of his own homeland.
An example: one lesson plan carefully covers the various ideas of politics today (democracy, socialism, communism, dictatorship, etc). That covers "step one" - an explanation of a concept.
Then, step two - directed research - the student is provided ideas for Internet searches and research to discover exactly which form of politics the land under discussion uses. The student then writes, describing his discovery and his response to it. In this manner, the student gets an overall idea of an aspect of civics and then he applies it to the place in question to get a specific understanding of that place.
This unique approach to directed research requires two things:
- The student have access to the Internet
- That he probably will have already done either our Upper School How To Do Research or Lower School How To Do Research Course though we do provide enough direction that the student who has not done one of these courses will "survive" civics.
Additionally, we tend to take (as in all our courses) a creative approach to the subject that demands of the student his own notions and opinions. In this manner, our All-Purpose Civics Course will also engage the student's interest and intelligence.
Here is a civics course that avoids patriotic fervor in favor of allowing your student to discover the facts and evaluate them for himself. If it's indoctrination that you're looking for, this isn't the right course for you. We provide the student an overall understanding of civics, and then direct him to sources where he can uncover the facts about his own nation, state, province or city. The student will decide, once all the facts are in, what he believes.
This course can be used by ages 9-adult. It can be applied to country, any state, any province, any city, any "homeland" requiring civics. It requires no outside materials. It consists of 27 lessons and two tests (and their answer guides), and will take anywhere from 40-65 hours to do, depending on the complexity of the place being studied, and the student's proficiency as a student and as a researcher. (By the way, the course also improves vocabulary, geography, and research skills.)
(Please note – some links are provided for use in the course. On the Internet, links and sites come and go, and you may need to source out some replacement resources. That should be fairly easy to do.)
Included in This Course:
- Location designations (i.e. — City, hamlet, province, state, etc.)
- An overview of Earth's population
- An overview of Earth's geography
- Locating the place of study in the world
- Examination of topography of the place of study
- Examination of weather in the place of study
- How places begin and why people go to live in them
- An overview of political systems
- Examination of the population of the place of study
- Examination of the political divisions of the place of study
- An analysis of the purposes of civilization (an overview)
- An analysis of the correct purposes of government
- An examination of the government of the place of study, and its structure
- An examination of the military and its uses, for the place of study
- An examination of the laws and regulations of the place of study
- An examination of the legal system of the place of study
- An examination of the infrastructure (roads, etc) of the place of study
- An examination of the business and industry of the place of study
- An examination of housing in the place of study
- An examination of medical and elderly care in the place of study
- An examination of available education in the place of study
- An examination of the civic, social, scientific and military goals of the place of study
- An overview of the cost of governing
- An examination of the budgeting (by government) of the place of study
- An examination of the goals of business and industry in the area of study
- An examination of tourism in the place of study
- An explanation of governmental responsibility
- An examination of how one's government is doing regarding its responsibilities
- A debate as to "how big" government should be
- An examination of how government officials are chosen in the place of study
- An examination of the history of the current government in the place of study
- An investigation into the ancient, and more current history of the place of study
- An overview of culture — what it is and why it is important
- An examination of the culture of the place of study, including architecture, the arts, sports, foods, religion, language, etc.
- An examination of the educational system in the place of study
- An examination of libraries in the place of study
- An overview and examination of the wild life and natural reserves in the place of study
- A more intensive overview and examination of religion in the place of study
- A study of the flags, vows, holidays, and patriotic symbols of the place of study
- An examination of the famous inventors and creators of the place of study
- Two tests, and their answer guides