American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics

42092X0 NC

This year long course discusses types of governments, focusing on the American form of government, and the American economy. Throughout the course, students will learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • International governments

  • Philosophers who influenced the development of government

  • A history of different types of government

  • The rise of democracy

  • The structure and organization of the United States government

  • The importance of the U.S. Constitution

  • The three branches of government

  • How bills become law

  • American political parties

  • Voting and elections

  • Citizenship and civic responsibilities

  • Scarcity

  • Supply and demand

  • The economic role of the federal government

  • The benefits of the free enterprise system

  • Different market structures

  • Market regulations

  • The macroeconomy

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of questions relating to government and the economy.


  • Understand the history of government

  • Answer the question "What is the American form of government?"

  • Identify American values associated with the American form of government

  • Recognize the importance of the American Founding Fathers

  • Identify unalienable rights

  • Understand the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

  • Identify the importance of checks and balances

  • Understand how candidates are nominated and elected to public office

  • Understand the importance of voting and civic responsibility

  • Answer the question "What is the economy?"

  • Understand how scarcity impacts decision-making

  • Analyze economic data

  • Apply economic data

  • Demonstrate financial literacy

  • Understand how government regulations impact the free enterprise system

State: North Carolina
Grade Level: 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year