Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary Course Catalog 22 of study, students will investigate global connections and linkages. These global connections and linkages include: Cultural Diffusion, Migration, Multi-Regional Empires, Conflict, Trade, and Belief System. Students will explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations, based on these connections at a given time. In addition, it will enable students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding. It will also build awareness of how geography influences human activity. Students will collect pieces and build an artifact portfolio at the end of each semester to showcase their learning. American Government (Grade 11 – One Semester) This one-semester course deepens students’ knowledge of government, with a particular focus on national, state, and local government in America. Through discussion and writing, they practice making reasoned decisions about matters of public policy. Five questions guide students’ study: 1. What are civic life, politics, and government? 2. What are the origins and foundations of the American political system? 3. How does the government established by the Constitution function to embody the purposes, values, and principles of American constitutional democracy? 4. What is the relationship of the United States to other nations and its role in world affairs? 5. What are the roles of citizens in American society? Students engage in investigations, analysis, and arguments about civic life in the United States and the role of the United States in the world. In making reasoned and evidentiary-based interpretations, arguments, or decisions, they frame important questions, locate and analyze appropriate evidence and data, consider differing points of view, and apply concepts and principles of American constitutional democracy. Through participating in democratic deliberations around public policy issues, students strengthen their understanding of the legal rights and accompanying responsibilities shared by all citizens. Economics (Grade 11 – One Semester) This is a survey course of Economics that will introduce students to the fundamental and core economic principles. Knowledge of economics will enable students to understand and consider potential implications of the scarcity problem faced by societies. Through this course, students will analyze economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, community, national and global economic issues. They will use measurement concepts and methods such as tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. Global Perspectives (Grade 12 – One Semester) Using current events, this elective course focuses on world and local issues that affect students’ everyday lives, such as economics, government and conflict. The knowledge, skills and dispositions of the course involve a multidisciplinary study, providing students with subject orientation in the fields of geography, civics, history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and environmental studies. Given the current global challenges of the 21st century, this course enables students to deeply investigate how individuals, groups, and societies make decisions and act in response to complex, global issues. This course uses newspapers, online media, cartoons and newscasts to support class discussion. Additionally, students participate in group projects and presentations, and work with primary source materials and opinion pieces in order to better understand the world around them. Personal Finance (Grade 12 – One Semester) This one semester course is anchored by the Dave Ramsey High School Curriculum. Students explore the dangers of debt, the empowerment of planning, and the joys of giving. As a class designed for seniors, Personal Finance is a great final lesson in Choice Theory for GTA graduates. Dave helps students see how to “Live like no one else, so that later on in life they can live like no one else.” The course helps students make both short- and long-term financial decisions, including paying cash for the car of their dreams, to retiring with dignity. AP European History (Grades 11-12) AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. Students investigate significant