Students in this elective course focus on contemporary issues that are affecting North Carolina and its citizens. It is an open-ended course with the emphasis on acquiring information from a variety of sources, analyzing, and hypothesizing about the direction of North Carolina's future. Students engage themselves in issues and also become actively engaged through community and state participation.

Strands: Government, Economics, Education, Diversity, Agriculture, Environment, General Welfare, Technology, and Civic Involvement

Competency Goal 1 The learner will explore environment issues affecting North Carolina.


1.01 List current environmental issues in North Carolina.

1.02 Trace the origin of environmental problems and concerns.

1.03 Discuss the impact environmental problems have on the citizens of North Carolina.

1.04 Analyze the economic and political impact caused by environmental problems.

Competency Goal 2 The learner will evaluate North Carolina's educational system as related to current concerns.


2.01 Identify current problems impacting North Carolina's educational system.

2.02 Analyze the legal and economic impact of recent court cases on education.

2.03 Analyze the implications of recent laws on public and charter schools.

2.04 Assess the impact of school accountability and the ABC program on public education.

2.05 Trace the history and future implications of educational funding.

Competency Goal 3 The learner will analyze diversity in North Carolina and hypothesize future problems and solutions.


3.01 Explore the diverse populations in North Carolina.

3.02 Assess the needs, problems, and concerns of diverse groups.

3.03 Analyze the impact immigration and migration has on North Carolina's economy.

3.04 Identify organizations designed to assist diverse groups and analyze their effectiveness.

3.05 Strategize various methods and types of assistance for involvement of students.

Competency Goal 4 The learner will examine the state of North Carolina's economy and consider ways to improve current conditions.


4.01 Compare and contrast the economic situations in North Carolina over the last decade.

4.02 Analyze the changes and reasons for those changes.

4.03 Describe suggestions for solving economic problems.

Competency Goal 5 The learner will analyze critical issues facing North Carolina's youth.


5.01 Define "today's youth."

5.02 Trace educational, economical, social, political, and legal issues confronting youth.

5.03 Formulate solutions and access venues for resolving issues confronting today's youth.

Competency Goal 6 The learner will address current legislative and governmental topics.


6.01 List current citizen concerns pertaining to North Carolina politics and government.

6.02 Assess the feelings and opinions of citizens on selected topics.

6.03 Pose possible solutions to address concerns of the citizenry.

Competency Goal 7 The learner will research the current transportation systems in North Carolina and outline possible proposals for the future.


7.01 Research the different transportation systems in North Carolina.

7.02 Identify problems associated with each transportation system.

7.03 Explore proposals for resolving transportation problems in the state.

7.04 Predict future transportation alternatives.

Competency Goal 8 The learner will recognize important issues facing a technology-driven society.


8.01 Trace the development of technology in the state.

8.02 Identify various ways technology is used in North Carolina today.

8.03 Discuss the positive and adverse effects of technology on the state.

8.04 Analyze the importance of the Research Triangle Park and its impact in the area of technology.

Competency Goal 9 The learner will analyze the state of North Carolina's general welfare and site examples of ways to make positive changes.


9.01 Define "general welfare" as expressed in the United States and North Carolina constitutions.

9.02 Identify areas that constitute the "general welfare" in North Carolina.

9.03 Analyze ways North Carolina handles the "general welfare," and explore ways to improve these issues.

9.04 Design goals for the state to implement in securing the "general welfare."

Competency Goal 10 The learner will examine local and community issues and identify ways to make positive contributions.


10.01 Compile a list of local and community concerns and issues.

10.02 Explore current and future solutions to issues.

10.03 Formulate solutions and access venues for resolving and confronting today's issues.

10.04 Identify community service organization and analyze their importance.

10.05 Assess ways students can become involved in and help resolve local and community issues.


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