Contemporary Issues Syllabus


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Contemporary Issues is an engaging class that stresses a multifaceted approach to developing insight on today’s events and issues. Multiple viewpoints or perspectives will be used to analyze topics. The following aspects will be implemented as research guides for Contemporary Issues:

  • Economic
  • Religious
  • Technology and Health
  • Cultural/Regional
  • Age and Gender
  • Political
  • Ethics

Students are encouraged to interact and share their viewpoints and more importantly learn to listen!

I. Objectives of the Course

The completion of this course should enable the student to:

  1. Identify contemporary issues or events in the local, national, and international sectors.
  1. Write reaction papers from videos or media broadcasts.
  1. Develop solutions for specific social, political, economical, and environmental problems.
  1. Trace the historical background of specific current issues
  1. Conduct a research project related to a current school issue.
  1. Write specific essays and conduct research on selected topics.
  1. Debate contemporary issues in individual and group settings.
  1. Identify various persons involved in major issues or events.
  1. Develop profiles on people who have made an impact on society or societies.
  1. Interview individuals or groups for primary and secondary sources.
  1. Evaluate current trends and philosophical thoughts.

Method of Instruction:

Content will be presented by the instructor though class discussion, use of print, television, radio, media, and guest speakers.

The method of instruction revolves around the student as the active learner. Students will be required to respond to various contemporary issue topics, both orally and written form.

Classroom Expectations

Students are expected to bring all of the following materials including a pen or pen, laptop and textbook. Students who forget a pen or pencil may borrow one from Mr. Moree, but they must give up their left-shoe for collateral. The shoe will be given back at the end of the hour or when the pen or pencil is returned.

Daily Procedures

  • Students should be seated in seats when bell rings with their computer lids closed
  • Student should come to class prepared with laptops fully charged and assignments turned in online.
  • Entering and Leaving the Classroom- Students will enter the classroom in an orderly fashion, and leave only after they have been dismissed by the teacher that has been signed.
  • Raising Hands-Students will raise their hands to answer any question while the teacher is talking
  • Group work-When the class gets into groups the students will arrange their desks in small circles, after group work is finished the students will rearrange their desks back into rows
  • Leaving class-Students will ask the teacher for permission to leave during class time, unless it is an emergency. All students will be quiet and respectful in the halls.
  • Students should use any remaining time in class to write their article summaries in their Contemporary Issues Journal. Each week all students will be required to write five article summaries.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Respect Yourself- Bring a positive attitude!! Don’t be late, use profanity, complain or argue with Mr. Moree
  2. Respect Others- Encourage other students!! Don’t complain or make fun of other students, throw food or drinks, or argue
  3. Respect Class Time- Listen and Learn!! Don’t talk when class instructions are being given
  4. Respect Property- Materials, and books provided for you during class are expensive please do not tear, or write on anything that you will not be keeping.

Class Goal: This class is designed to allow all students to learn in an exciting and engaging environment. Students who challenge this goal will be subject to the classroom management progression.

Classroom Management Progression

The following progression will be followed when managing student behavior in Psychology. This is just a guide, ultimately it is the teacher’s discretion, if the students behavior is severe enough the teacher may skip several levels.


  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Phone Conference with Parents and detention
  3. Teacher conference with student and parents
  4. Removed from class and conference with parents, teacher and administrator
  5. The teacher retains the right to punish severe behaviors, as he feels is appropriate with the behavior, within legal parameters and in accordance with school and district policies.


Attendance is a major part of the class.  If students are absent, it is their responsibility to come to the teacher or get the assignments from Blackboard. Students will receive the same amount of time to makeup work if they are absent, but class time will not be given to the students to complete the makeup work.


Everyday semester one percent of the student’s grade will be based on participation. Students are expected to participate in all activities assigned during class. This includes notes, activities and experiments. If students refuse to participate or are frequently found to be off task they will be given an alternative project. If students chose not to complete the alternative assignment they will lose that days points.


Class time will be given to students to complete the assignments given, but some assignments require additional time outside the classroom to be completed properly. It is the student’s responsibility to work diligently in class to complete the work given by the teacher.

Missing / Late Work

Homework or in-class work will be accepted for 60% of its original value starting after the work has been collected in class until the day of the exam or assessment for that unit. After the test or assessment has been given, no work from that unit will be accepted for credit.

Arrange for assignments ahead of time for preplanned absences and college visits. Parents may contact their student’s guidance counselor to collect homework for missed days. Students are responsible for keeping up with assignments, which will be posted on Blackboard. In true emergent situations, it is important for the student to contact me about potential accommodations.

OSS: All students receiving OSS are expected to communicate with teachers, use blackboard and keep up with the learning in class. Students must turn in all assignments the day they return to school from OSS or it will be considered late. Students will have 3 days upon their return to make up any missed tests. A 1% deduction in final semester grade will be assessed for each day of OSS incurred during the semester.

Book Check Out-Students will be issued a textbook for Psychology. Students will use the Google Doc to check out the book from the teacher. All students should complete and submit the google doc form once they have received their textbook. Students will be required to read each chapter during that unit of study. Students should create a term and theorist sheet for each unit of study as they read. The term and theorist list will provide students with accurate information for their notes, study guides, and mid-term exams.

All assignments are to be completed using the MLA citation style. This means that your name, teacher, class, and date will be in the left hand corner of the page single spaced if hand written, and if typed double spaced. (Note: Date is day, month, and year.) All assignments must be checked according to the writing rubric for Contemporary Issues. For projects where research is required students must cite all sources. If the student does not cite any sources they will either correct their mistake or receive a zero for that portion of the assignment.


After each unit of study a test will be given over the materials covered in the class. Students will receive a study guide at least one week prior to the test. The study guide will be due the following day. Students may log in to StudyBlue to view the answers to the study guide one day after the study guide is completed. The tests will consist of multiple choice questions and free-response questions.  At the end of each semester students will take a comprehensive mid-term and final exam. Make-up tests will be given for students who miss a test day. Ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to schedule a time before school. No class time will be given to make up exams.

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