This course introduces students to the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, and patterns of political behavior.
Describe the structure of the federal court system.
Recognize the scope of judicial power.
Explain the importance of the Supreme Court.
Summarize the bureaucracy’s job of implementation and regulation.
Determine the role of the federal bureaucracy in the American political system.
Recognize sources of presidential power.
Summarize the various roles of the president.
Describe the role of Congress in the American political system.
Explain how a bill becomes a law.
Identify the structure and organization of Congress.
Political Participation and Elections
Identify roles of the American citizen in the political system.
Debate the merits of the electoral college.
Summarize factors that affect elections.
Civil Liberties and Rights
Compare civil liberties and civil rights to public policies.
Identify struggles for equality.
Describe civil liberties found in the Bill of Rights.
Recognize formal and informal methods of changing the Constitution.
Discuss the significance of separation of powers and checks and balances.
Determine the challenges leading to the ratification of the Constitution.
Introduction to American National Government
Identify important concepts in American government.
Discuss elements and challenges of democracy.
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