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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Offered ONLINE – SUMMER 2020!

In this one-credit, seven-week intensive summer high school course, students learn about:

  • the moral and philosophical principles underlying politics and economics
  • the types of government
  • the value of the U.S. Constitution
  • the structure of American national government as originally established and as currently operating
  • basic principles of economics
  • the structures of economic systems
  • the results of various economic actions
  • and the relationship between government, economics, morality, and human beings.

Assessment. Each student completes four brief reports covering topics such as geography, journalism, business, and current events.

*Note: This is not a personal finance course, although the information presented will help the student in understanding personal finance.

REQUIRED TEXTS – Any edition/translation may be used, but hard copies are required.

  • Aristotle – Politics (Recommended: Reeve translation/Hackett, ISBN: 9780872203884)
  • Cicero – Republic and Laws (Recommended: Oxford World’s Classics, ISBN: 9780199540112)
  • Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government (Recommended: Macpherson editor/Hackett, ISBN: 9780915144860)
  • Marx and Engels – Communist Manifesto (Recommended: Barnes and Noble, ISBN: 9781593081003)
  • Bastiat – The Law (Recommended: Liberty Fund, ISBN: 9780865978300)
  • The Federalist Papers (Recommended: Rossiter editor, ISBN: 9780451528810) <= This edition includes the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and all Amendments
  • Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (ISBN: 9781250106940)

Image: (c) 2012 Sue Hughbanks – The U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.