Instructor: Doug Pike Required Materials: Access to the internet and a printer at home We live in a country of active citizenship. If you want your government to do something – or to stop doing something – you’re really going to have to want it, regardless of your political stripes. Civics is not a cut-and-dry topic. Every generation faces new challenges that are addressed – or ignored – by our local, state, and federal governments. How do we as a nation decide whether we’re going to go to war? How do we decide how much to tax and how we’re going to spend our tax dollars? Should we expand or eradicate universal health care? Should, and if so, how should the government intervene on issues such as gay marriage, abortion, prayer in school; and the list goes on. To engage in the public debate on these issues, we need to know how our government works; and how it doesn’t. That is the goal of civics. And that’s what we’ll be exploring, at an introductory level, over the course of the next year.