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High School US Government

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Responsible citizenship (including civil and political participation) is essential to maintain a representative government that truly represents the people of the United States. In this course, students learn about the structure of government and how it shares power at the local, state, and federal levels. This course also explores founding principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights, preserving the freedoms that students experience daily.Students will examine the processes of each branch of government, the election process, and how citizens can impact public policy. The media, interest groups and influential citizens provide examples of how the government can be affected by informed and active participants. Students will examine the U.S. Court system and become a part of the process by participating in the judicial decision-making process. They will also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world, through domestic, foreign, and human rights policy.

Module 01 - What Is Citizenship?

  • Citizenship Introduction
  • Natural Rights
  • What Is Citizenship?
  • Citizens in Action

Module 02 - Foundations 

  • Foundations Introduction
  • Revolutionary Ideas
  • The Constitution
  • The US Constitution and Your State
  • The Anti-Federalists
  • Federalism
  • The Bill of Rights

Module 03 - Policy and Elections

  • The Legislative Branch
  • Public Policy
  • The Executive Branch
  • Influencing Policy
  • Media and Politics
  • Elections and Voting

Module 04 -The Courts and Civil Liberties

  • Courts and Civil Liberties Introduction
  • The Judicial Branch
  • Judicial Review
  • The Decision
  • Civil Rights
  • Comparing Governments
  • Foreign Policy