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Humanities Class at AAHS: Civics and Economics

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Civics & Economics

This year, in 2012-2013, Humanities class is called Civics & Economics. In this four-quarter course, students learn how American society works, how to participate and succeed in it, and how to make that society better. Students will prepare for citizenship by learning their rights under the U.S. Constitution and mastering the principles of economics. Classes involve hands-on activities, projects, homework, discussions of current events, and reading the required textbook assigned to each student, Civics: Participating in Government.


The course is divided into 11 units spread over four quarters, with one credit awarded per quarter: two for economics, two for civics. Quarters switch back and forth between subjects, but 1st and 3rd Quarter count as civics, 2nd and 4th as economics. Email questions anytime to  Peter Scholtes at peter.scholtes@academic-arts.org, or call 651.457.7427.


1st Quarter

Unit 1: Americans Values, Ideologies, and Political Parties

Unit 2: Economics 101


2nd Quarter

Unit 3: Microeconomics (+ Elections Assignment)

Unit 4: Market Failures and the Role of Government

Unit 5: Purpose and History of U.S. Government


3rd Quarter

Unit 6: Creating the U.S. Government: The Constitution

Unit 7: Freedom Movements

Unit 8: Federalism: Federal, State, and local Governments


4th Quarter 

Unit 9: American Legal System

Unit 10: Macroeconomics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the World

Unit 11: Personal Finance


Last year's wikis: Dialogues & U.S. History

Spring 2012 Semester Archive

Fall 2011 Semester Archive



Peter S. Scholtes
Humanities Teacher, Academic Arts High School
60 E. Marie Avenue Suite 220
West Saint Paul, MN 55118



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