Having built a foundation of knowledge about the chosen issue in Steps One through Four, students now learn the term “public policy.” Students identify government action and regulation as the two main ways the government works to solve problems. They analyze examples and evaluate the situations in which action and regulation are appropriate.

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The student will:

  • Define public policy.
  • Identify action and regulation as two types of public policy.
  • Distinguish between examples of actions and regulations.
  • Match government agencies with examples of actions they carry out.
  • Evaluate the restrictions and benefits of hypothetical regulations.


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