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Advanced American Government & Economics Syllabus (70 Pages)...$25.00

We use The Federalists and Anti-Federalists as the main text along with excerpts from the Summa Theologiae and various other works. The course begins with a study of the nature of law using selected articles from the Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas. Then the student examines the formation of the American Government by reading not only the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but also many other works from that period that illustrate the political debates of the time such as The American Revolutionaries, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, The Federalists and Antifederalists, and Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. The student also reads Quadragesimo Anno in order to review what the Catholic Church teaches concerning government. The course concludes with an examination of Economics. The student reads Economics in One Lesson which provides a clear account of economic principles. We also include essay and paper topics to give the student practice with writing in variety of styles. The Advanced American Government & Economics Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, questions for discussion, and a variety of teaching resources including Twelfth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2018.

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Book List

Social Studies
  • Essential 4
    • Democracy in America
      de Toqueville, Alexis
      University of Chicago Press — 722 Pages
      ISBN: 0226805360
    • Economics in One Lesson
      Hazlitt, Henry
      Crown Business — 218 Pages
      ISBN: 0517548232
    • Federalists & Antifederalists: The Debate Over the Ratification of the Constitution
      Edited by Kiminski & Leffler
      Library of America — 228 Pages
      ISBN: 0945612583
    • Quadragesimo Anno
      Pius XI
  • Supplemental - Required 5
    • The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words
      Meltzer, Milton
      HarperCollins — 224 Pages
      ISBN: 0064461459
    • The Constitution
      Delegates of the Constitutional Convention
      National Center for Constitutional Studies — 52 Pages
      ISBN: 0880801441
    • The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America
      Jefferson, Thomas
    • Only the essay Common Sense is assigned in the syllabus
    • Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings
      Paine, Thomas
      Signet Classics — 416 Pages
      ISBN: 0452009219
    • This text will no longer be included in this course starting in 2018-2019.
    • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy
      Marbury, Richard J
      Bluestocking Press — 159 Pages
      ISBN: 0942617622
  • Supplemental - Optional 2
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 4


Week 1

Day Assignment

Read Question 90, Article 1, of the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. Summarize or paraphrase the body of the article (the part that starts “I answer that…”) in writing. [Questions 90, 91 and 105 are found in their entirety in this syllabus. There are also sample summaries of the articles. (See the Table of Contents.) Please, however, remember that these are only samples; there are many other possible ways of summarizing the articles.]

Note: both American Government and Economics are required for graduation. The economics portions of this course are found throughout the course, but in order to meet the economics requirement, students must complete Quadragesimo Anno and Economics in One Lesson. If any modifications need to be made to this course, please discuss them with your consultant and teacher to ensure that both government and economics requirements are met.

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Discuss Question 90, Article 1, with your teacher.


Read Question 90, Article 2, of the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. Summarize the article in writing.

4 Discuss Question 90, Article 2, with your teacher.