Course Description and Essential Knowledge
This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the framework of government on both the national and local level. Through the course you will gain a deeper understanding of your own political thought, and the thoughts of those in power. We will also spend a lot of time discussing current events.
We will utilize 2 digital textbooks for this course. These are:
Young Voices – Available: https://youngvoicestext.org/
American Government – Available: http://www.ushistory.org/gov/
Units of Study:
Unit 1: Introduction to Government
Unit 2: Foundations of American Government
Unit 3: The Constitution & Federalism
Unit 4: Political Parties & Ideology
Unit 5: Campaigns and Elections
Unit 6: The Legislative Branch
Unit 7: The Executive Branch
Unit 8: The Judicial Branch
Unit 9: Civil Liberties
Unit 10: Foreign Policy and Comparative Government
Unit 11: State & Local Government
Goals of the Course
- Students will acquire knowledge of Civics and American Government including specific names, terms, and concepts.
- Students will weave together the skills and content of civics, history, and geography and learn how they affect each other.
- Students will consider multiple perspectives, weigh evidence, and make sound judgments about the contemporary world.
- These processes build student confidence as critical thinkers.
- Learners will leave prepared for advanced level courses in the social sciences and some of the analytical tasks common to the 21st century work world.