Subject Area

School Level

Course Term

NCAA Approved

Course Type

Essentials U.S. Government

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Responsible citizenship, including civil and political participation is essential to maintain a representative government that truly represents the people of the United States. In this course, students learn about the structure of government and how it shares power at the local, state and federal levels. This course also explores founding principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights, preserving the freedoms that students experience daily. Students will examine the processes of each branch of government, the election process, and how citizens can impact public policy. The media, interest groups and, influential citizens provide examples of how the government can be effected by informed and active participants. Students will examine the U.S. Court system, and become a part of the process by participating in the judicial decision making process. They will also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world, through domestic policy, foreign policy and human rights policy. This course is not NCAA eligible.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This one-semester course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

PS 101: Introduction to Political Science

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level Dual Enrollment

Description

COURSE RATIONALE: Political Science 101 provides students an opportunity to become aware of and gain knowledge about: the interdependence of national, state and local governments; the United States legal system; rights and responsibilities of citizens; United States governmental structure and policy-making; political and electoral processes; global organizations and global interdependence. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: PS 101: Introduction to Political Science. Institutions and principles of government utilizing the American experience at the national, state and local levels are examined. The course also includes a study of international organizations and global interrelationships.

AP Microeconomics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This single-semester course introduces students to the economic principles that apply to consumers and producers in an economic system and focuses on the nature and function of product markets, the study of factor markets and the role of government. Content in each lesson is presented in a variety of formats including a Textbook, videos and other internet resources. Students are given the ability to select from some, or all of these resources, based on their own learning preferences and needs. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

Economics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of the ways that economics affects the lives of individuals and how individuals, through their economic choices, can shape their world. This one-semester course provides an overview of the basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, including: a) economic theory; b) supply, demand and price; c) economic systems; d) business cycles; e) investments; f) the role of government, g) international trade; and h) consumer choices. Students will also apply the principles of this course to issues related to personal finance.

Civics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This one-semester course prepares students for informed and responsible participation as citizens in the American representative system. Students deepen their awareness of the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other foundational documents of the United States. Students learn the purposes and structures of government within the American federal system. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of the United States in its relations with other nations. Students also learn how citizens exert influence on public affairs and decisions. By participating in this course, students are better prepared to exercise the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

AP Microeconomics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This single-semester course introduces students to the economic principles that apply to consumers and producers in an economic system and focuses on the nature and function of product markets, the study of factor markets and the role of government. Content in each lesson is presented in a variety of formats including a Textbook, videos and other internet resources. Students are given the ability to select from some, or all of these resources, based on their own learning preferences and needs. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

Essentials Economics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Economic decisions affect us every day of our lives. Understanding economics means thinking about how scarcity, or limited resources, requires us to make choices and evaluate one option against others. In this course, students will recognize examples of economics in your daily life. Students will see how the economic choices of larger groups, like businesses and governments, affect students and others. As students’ progress through the course, students will recognize that the costs and benefits of choices connect individuals and groups around the world. The purpose of this course is to help students become a smart consumer who understands the flow of an economy between individuals, businesses, governments, and the rest of the world. This course is not NCAA eligible.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.