12th Grade Social Studies
In Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), philosopher and social critic Martha Nussbaum argues that “without support from suitably educated citizens, no democracy can remain stable” (p.10). This course takes her assertion as its starting point, and it aims to get high school seniors thinking critically and independently about questions every American adult ought to be asking. Over the course of the year, we will analyze, compare, and evaluate answers to these questions given by a diverse group of thinkers that extends beyond traditional social scientists (e.g., politicians, economists) to include philosophers, evolutionary biologists, writers, artists, and more.
This year-long course is officially comprised of "Honors Economics" (fall semester) and "Honors Principles of American Democracy" (spring semester). Both are required classes for graduation.