Credit Recovery - American Government

COURSE DESCRIPTION

American Government is the study of the historical backgrounds, governing principles, and institutions of the government of the United States. The focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. The principles of popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, republicanism, federalism, and individual rights will be examined as will the roles of individuals and groups in the American political system.  Students will compare the American system of government with other modern systems and assess the strengths and problems associated with the American system.

COURSE MATERIALS

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COURSE OBJECTIVES - After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the various forms of government found around the world.
  2. Analyze the structure and contents of the Constitution.
  3. Identify the powers of Congress.
  4. Examine the roles of the President.
  5. Describe the power of the Supreme Court.
  6. Analyze case law protecting civil liberties.
  7. Evaluate the workings of a two party system and the role of minor parties in that system.
  8. Examine the role interest groups play in American politics.
  9. Examine the process of creating the federal budget.
  10. Identify the impact of the foreign policy agenda of the United States.

COURSE OUTLINE:

UNIT 1: Our American Government

Unit 2: Legislative and Executive Branches

Unit 3: The Judicial Branch and Civil Law

Unit 4: Political Participation

Unit 5: Economics and International Relations