American Government

Course Description:

This required course is a study of principles, practices, and problems of the American government. Comparisons will be made with other systems of government.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): American Government
Course Title (NCES SCED) : U.S. Government—Comprehensive
Course Provider : Grand Blanc Community Schools
Content Provided By : Grand Blanc Community Schools
Online Instructor Provided By : Grand Blanc Community Schools
Standards Addressed : MHSCE
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : U.S. Government—Comprehensive
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 810-591-4401

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Additional Course Information:

Students will development an in-depth understanding of American Government through the exploration of the following questions:
* Why should you care about power, politics, and government?
* What is high-quality power—and how can you get it?
* How should political and economic power be distributed in a society?
* Is freedom on the march around the world?
* What ideas gave birth to the world’s first modern democratic nation?
* What can you do to keep our republic alive and well?
* How and why did the framers distribute power in the Constitution?
* Do zero-tolerance policies violate the due process rights of students?
* How are your rights defined and protected under the constitution?
* Do you support the First Amendment?
* How does power flow through our federal system of government?
* Does federalism work in the face of natural disasters?
* Political parties and interest groups: How do they influence our political decisions?
* What color are you: red, blue, purple, or none of the above?
* What How do laws really get made?
* Is divided government good for the nation?
makes an effective legislator?
* What makes a state legislature good?
* What qualities do modern presidents need to fulfill their many roles?
* Do you want to be president?
* Does the federal government budget and spend your tax dollars wisely?
* What can the government do to repair the economy?
* How is the U.S. judicial system organized to ensure justice?
* How did the Supreme Court rule on the Affordable Care Act?
* From doing the crime to doing the time: How just is our criminal justice system?
* Why is jury duty important?
* How should the United States conduct foreign policy?
* Is globalization good, bad, or just inevitable?
* How effectively do international organizations respond to global issues?
* Can one person make a difference in the world?

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Partially Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Partially Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Partially Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Partially Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Partially Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Partially Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Partially Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Not Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Partially Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met

Review Conducted By : Genesee ISD
Date of Review : 12/01/2014

Course Units include:
* Power, Authority, and Government
* Foundations of American Government
* Political Participation and Behavior
* The Judicial Branch
* The Executive Branch
* The Legislative Branch

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/19/2019 09/17/2019 10/01/2019 09/03/2019 01/24/2020 30 $250.0000 0.0000
Semester 01/06/2020 02/10/2020 02/24/2020 01/27/2020 06/12/2020 30 $250.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Courses dropped by the drop date will be subject to a $50 fee. Students who drop the course after the drop date will be charged the full fee for the course. Course must be completed by the course semester end date. Semester 08/19/2019 09/17/2019
Courses dropped by the drop date will be subject to a $50 fee. Students who drop the course after the drop date will be charged the full fee for the course. Course must be completed by the course semester end date. Semester 01/06/2020 02/10/2020

Students are expected to maintain ongoing contact with their instructor through daily course work and messaging within Schoology.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
15-16 6 3 50.0%
16-17 11 10 90.9%
17-18 69 61 88.4%
18-19 66 58 87.9%

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