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    Honors Introduction to Political Studies

    Meets Graduation Requirement for Social Science; Meets CSU/ UC “G” Requirement 

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Civitas, or instructor permission. 

    Grade: 9 (1 Semester) 

    5 Credits 

     

    DESCRIPTION: A first semester course for Civitas that focuses on an introduction to political science and study of 

    political theory. The curriculum requires students to identify, define and research politics on the national level. 

    Service learning and a class project are required. 

     

    Honors State and Local Government

    Meets Graduation Requirement for Social Science; Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement 

    Grade: 9-12 (1 semester) 

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Civitas, or instructor permission. 

    5 Credits 

     

    DESCRIPTION: This course, as part of the Civitas curriculum, introduces students to the national and California 

    State political systems and constitutions. Students will examine course content through a discussion of American 

    values, political parties and institutions both at the national and state level, through media and public opinion and its 

    influence on policy making with a focus on state and local government. 

     

    Honors International Relations

    Meets Graduation Requirement for Social Science; Meets CSU/ UC “G” Requirement 

    Grade: 10-12 (1 semester) * 

    Prerequisite: World History or enrollment in Civitas 

    5 Credits 

     

    DESCRIPTION: Basic introduction to global politics focusing on a broad range of issues and problems relating to 

    conflict and cooperation among nations, and on similarities and differences among nation governmental institutions, 

    structures and processes. Hot topics currently in the news are key discussion points for this class which features a 

    mock United Nations. 

     

    Honors Civitas Speech and Communications

    Elective Credit: Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement 

    Grade: 10 (1 semester) 

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in Civitas, or instructor permission. 

    5 Credits 

     

    DESCRIPTION: Theory and technique of public speaking. Emphasis on organizing, supporting, and clearly stating 

    ideas. Practice in informative and persuasive speaking. Focus on current politics and public policy as topics. 

     

    Honors Philosophy of Political Thought

    Meets Graduation Requirement for Social Science; Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement 

    Grade: 11-12 (1 semester) * 

    Prerequisite: none 

    5 Credits 

     

    DESCRIPTION: Representative selection of philosophical problems will be explored in areas such as knowledge, 

    reality, religion, science, politics, art and morality. This course focuses on problems of social justice, ethics, and 

    epistemology, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, free will and determinism and political philosophy. The class 

    requires participation in Socratic Circles; midterm presentation of a philosopher; paper on Orwell’s political ideals 

    and a final paper about student’s personal philosophy based on acceptance or rejection of philosopher’s ideas during 

    the semester; final exam – debate on hot ethical topic. 

     

    Directed Project Civitas (Independent Study)

    (Elective Credit) 

    Prerequisites: Supervising teacher approval and completion of other Civitas requirements. 

     

    DESCRIPTION: Senior students enroll for an independent project with instructor permission. Students will 

    complete the Civitas Senior Project in the course. Culminates Civitas activity and includes mandatory junior and 

    senior lunch meetings, 75 hour internship experience, required meetings with advisor on senior project and 

    presentation. Represents 300 hours of coursework. Maximum 5 units of credit at supervising teacher’s discretion. 

    Enrollment is limited. 

     

    * All Civitas classes are open to seniors if space is available with exception of Directed Project. 

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