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This required course for seniors examines critical issues confronting our American society today. A portion of class time is devoted to discussing current events in the news. Independent research on chosen topics is also required for each class member. The purpose of the course is to prepare the student to be a contributing member of our society able to participate in our country’s political, social and economic decision.

Course Schedule

The course schedule will be determined by both current events and student input.

Topic 1: Race in America

Intermission: Uprising in Ukraine

Topic 2: Income Inequality

Topic 3: Guns in America

Something Lighter:

Topic 4: The War on Drugs

Topic 5: Abortion

Topic 6: Immigration Reform

Topic 7: TBD

Current Events

Topic Queue

These are topics students have brought up that may be incorporated into the course.

These are topics Mr. Gessaman is considering.
  • Race in America
  • Education Policy
  • Income Inequality
  • Abortion
  • Privacy
  • Political Polarization
  • Media Bias
  • Tax Policy
  • Immigration Reform
  • Healthcare Laws
  • The War on Drugs
  • Abortion
  • Cuba Embargo
  • Death Penalty
  • Climate Change
  • Teacher Tenure

Fun Stuff


  • Liberty
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Rights
  • Ethics


  • Environmental Issues
  • Human Rights
  • Globalization and the Economy
  • Civic Action and Responsibility

Potential Topics and Resources