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US Government

Classroom: US Government

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The content of this course include, but is not limited to, the study of the interrelationship between American government and the American economic system, documents that shape US political traditions, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers. The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain an understanding of American government and political behavior that is essential for effective citizenship and active involvement in a democratic American society. 

Including, but not limited to:
1.  Identify the major political divisions of the United States.
2.  Trace the major events leading to the establishment of the Constitution.
3.  Describe the various philosophies that influenced the development of the government of the United States.
4.  Provide examples of the way each branch of the national governmetn checks and balances the powers granted to the other branches.
5.  Contrast the processes through which power is passed in each of the three branches of government.
6.  Define the concept of federalism.
7. Describe the basic structure and functions of political parties in the United States.
8.  Describe the role of political parties int eh democratic process.
9.  Identify, research, and propose solutions to problems faced by local, state, and national government.
10. Identify the constitutional guarantees to which an individual is entitled, noting that they reflect the belief that government should protect individual rights.
11.  Discuss ways by which citizens exercise their politcal rights.
12. Analyze freedoms granted in the Bill of Rights and subsequent Constitutional amendments to all citizents regardless of race, religion, and origin.
13.  Identify the differences among the three world economic systems; traditional, market, and command.
14. Explain how United States citizenship can be acquired.
15. Compae the structure of democratic principles on the people and governments throughout the world.
16.  Identify local and noational issues that are related to world issues.
17.  Analyze the problems facing the United Staes in dealing with foreign powers.
18.   Explain how geographic location affects the political and economic relationships of countries.


LessonLesson 1: Types of Political Systems

LessonLesson 2: The Three Branches of Government

LessonLesson 3: The executive Branch and the Constitution

LessonLesson 4: Article III Judicial Branch

LessonLesson 5: Checks and Balances in the US Government

LessonLesson 6: The Bill of Rights.

LessonLesson 7: Funny state laws in the USA

LessonLesson 8: Background for the Federalist Party

LessonLesson 9: The Political Process

LessonLesson 10: Tools of Foreign Policy

LessonLesson 11: Types of Interest Groups