US Government offers students a comprehensive examination of this country’s government. Students explore the evolution of American democracy, from its birth in the eighteenth century to the expansive role of federal, state, and local governments today. The course covers topics such as changes to the Constitution, the function of the Supreme Court, the structure of Congress, and the importance of the media. The course explores the relationship between the political parties and lobbyists, and the process of monitoring and funding federal elections. Students investigate the roles of state and local governments and their impact on citizens’ daily lives. At the end of this course, students have a knowledge of and appreciation for the workings and history of the US government and understand its impact on American society.
- Government and its importance
- Origins of American government
- Independent study project
- Key governing documents
- Members, responsibilities, and powers of Congress Roles and powers of the president
- Roles and powers of the Supreme Court
- Purpose and influence of interest groups
- Role of political parties
- Identify the role of government and describe its necessity in society.
- Examine the history of the creation of the United States government.
- Apply understanding of responsible citizenship through the creation of an Action Project. Identify governmental systems in the United States and the role of each.
- Examine the concept of checks and balances.
- Apply understanding of responsible citizenship through the creation of an Action Project.