This a one semester course that will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for active participation in a democratic society. Students will become informed citizens in regard to the principal purpose and function of their local, state and federal government. In addition the origins of the American political system are addressed, as are the roles, rights and responsibilities of United States citizens. Students will also be afforded an understanding of the major political institutions in the United States. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation
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LT 1: The Island Problem: How does the Social Contract take people from a State of Nature to a Civil Society?
LT 2: Know your PALS: What is the difference between power, authority, legitimacy and sovereignty and how are they related?
LT 3: Explain the purpose of politics. Why is power so central to the study of politics? What does political activity look like?
LT 4: How did our Founding Fathers solve the Island Problem?
LT 5: Our government is based on principles. What are the principles of government built into our Constitution?
LT 6: How is our Constitution interpreted?
LT 7: What does the American political culture look like today and how is it different for political ideology?
LT 1. What is the purpose of the executive branch and the rules of the office?
LT 2. How is the executive branch organized?
LT3. How can a president assert power as head of the executive branch? (Roles of the President)
LT 4. What limits are placed upon presidential power?
LT 5 Explain how the US uses foreign policy tools in applying its foreign policy.
LT 6 Be able to explain the steps of a Presidential Campaign. (There are 10 steps)
LT 1. How does Article I of the Constitution give the legislative branch powers to make laws, and also the ability to limit power in the other branches? Answer the following questions to help you answer this overarching question.
LT 2: Who do Senators and House of Representatives represent and how do they see their job as a legislator?
LT 3. How are the two chambers organized to make up the legislative branch? Answer the following questions to help you answer this overarching question.
LT 4. How does the process of the legislative branch work to produce law?
LT1. Using case examples, how does the judicial branch exercise power of judicial review?
LT 2: What is the difference between civil and criminal law?
LT 3. Explain the hierarchy of a state court system: trial court, appeals court, state supreme court.
LT 4. Explain the hierarchy of our federal court system: US District Court, US Circuit Court, and Supreme Court.
LT 5. How does the Supreme Court determine the Constitutionality of a government action (law, policy, decision, etc.)?
LT 6. How do amendments 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 14 limit the power of government over the individual?
Instructor will provide daily, live instruction and also a mix of independent and on demand learning options, in a structured, virtual classroom setting. Students are expected to regularly check school email, reply accordingly, and schedule meetings with instructors, as needed, during on demand time.