About our Course

We aim to prepare students for responsible citizenship.

Course Goals
The goal of this course is to produce young scholar-citizens—the sorts who are absolutely essential to the health of a democracy. Despite the common pejorative use of the word, ‘politics’ serves us well: it describes the process we use to bring society together through deliberative dialogue and compromise. The instructor hopes that the study of government will kindle an interest in policy and politics that results in actions taken to benefit the community. Students in Honors Government should refine their skills in the following core competences:

1.    Serve as citizens who use critical and analytical thinking skills to fulfill civic duties;
2.    Write and speak clearly for different purposes and diverse audiences;
3.    Evaluate evidence from diverse sources by detecting bias and identifying reliable information sources;
4.    Collaborate effectively and assume varied roles in group endeavors to attain common goals;
5.    Think creatively to imagine alternatives and generates solutions for problems;
6.    Plan and implement research strategies;
7.    Connect and relate knowledge in and across disciplines;
8.    Develop products or concepts for public consideration;
9.    Study and interpret existing works and develop cogent and original ideas from them; and
10.   Learn about themselves as learners and assume more responsibility for their own learning.

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