Why is American politics dominated by two parties?
Why do electoral votes matter more in presidential elections than individual votes?
How can America claim to be the country of "liberty and justice for all" when there are injustices and violations of individual freedoms?
How can I make my political voice heard when I am just one of 300 million citizens?
This course is designed for motivated students who are interested in attaining a well-rounded perspective in American government. The course will provide students with an introductory look at the major aspects of government that every American citizen should know. Students will become familiar with the major institutions, groups, and political beliefs in the American governmental system. Course activities will include discussion groups, short papers, peer feedback, interactive website assignments, and student projects. While significant content will be included as part of this course, a major focus will be on stimulating an interest and passion in the subject of government, with the idea of becoming an educated and involved civic citizen in an increasingly complex world.
Some of the issues covered in this course are controversial in nature, so be prepared to have your personal views challenged in the form of healthy, productive debates with your peers!
This course is intended to teach and reinforce crucial academic skills to help students strengthen their background in the subject area prior to taking an advanced level course. This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.
By the end of the semester the student will be able to:
- Understand the role of government and what it should do.
- Understand how the government established by the Constitution embodies the purposes, values, and principles of American democracy.
- Understand what the roles of an effective citizen are in American democracy..
- Critically examine crucial government-related topics from both sides of the issue.
Please note that this course contains an end-of-course proctored exam. Instructions for students to identify an appropriate adult proctor are included in the course lessons.
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Gifted and Talented Middle School,High School
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