This is a required Social Studies course in grade 9. The course will examine the political structure of the United States, concentrating on, but not limited to, the United States Constitution, state and local government and general topics regarding citizenship in the United States. Included in the course is a summary of Pennsylvania history and an introduction to basic economic principles. Topics will include, but not be limited to, early development of state government, industry and various other socio-economic issues and institutions particular to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. 
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