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WCFS Social Studies Class
Applied Civics 101

Applied Citizenship: Applied Civics 101
0.5 Credit - Satisfies the High School Handbook §5.5.1 (a) Applied Citizenship Required Course

Objective:

The objective of the course is to help students have a clear understanding of the basic elements and fundamental principles of American government, and the heritage from which that government came.

Students will also gain a clear understanding from Scripture of their civic responsibilities, and how to engage governmental authorities with courage and creativity for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Description of Course Content:

This course will cover the Old Testament book of Daniel and the textbook Understanding The Constitution (UTC) by David Gibbs, Jr. & David Gibbs III.

The class will be completed over 10 weeks as a regular part of the Nathaniel Bowditch Mentor Clinic. Each class will consist of 2 ~45 minute lectures, followed by regular homework assignments in the books listed.

WCFS Applied Civics 101 - Course Requirements

Description of Course Content:

Students shall earn one-half of a social studies credit by completing a course with content relating to a Biblical perspective of American government, the influence of Judeo-Christian principles in the formulation of the United States, and the role of the Christian in civil government.

Objective:

The objective of the course is to help students have a clear understanding of the basic elements and fundamental principles of American government, and the heritage from which that government came. Students will also have a clear understanding from Scripture of their civic responsibilities, and how to engage governmental authorities with courage and creativity for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Methodology:

The course shall be a hands-on practicum, designed to engage students on a personal level, not just a theoretical or intellectual level.

 - Students shall study the primary elements of American government, with a specific focus on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Students shall research the Biblical principles reflected in each document.

 - Student shall survey the impact that Christians have had on American government and society, including instances where Christians have engaged the political process to address injustices in American society.

 - Students shall study a Biblical perspective of a Christian’s civic responsibilities.

 

Curriculum:

The WCFS courses Applied Citizenship or God and Government satisfy this requirement.

A parent-developed (Non-Standard) course incorporating appropriate Biblical texts (e.g. Genesis 8, Romans 13, I Peter 2, the book of Esther, the book of Daniel) and approved resources also satisfies this requirement.

Approved Resources Include:

God and Government Volumes 1 and 2 by Gary DeMar

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas

The Third Alternative: Christian Self-Government by Bill Burtness

Christianity and the Constitution by John Eidsmoe

Biblical Principles of the United States Constitution DVD course with John Eidsmoe

Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion by David Barton

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States: Christian Self-Government Volumes 1 and 2 by Verna Hall and Rosalie Salter

Constitution Alive! A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitution DVD course by David Barton and Rick Green

The American Heritage Series DVD course by David Barton

Constitutional Literacy course by Michael Farris.

AC 101 Course Req. Applied Citizenship
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