CivicsCourse Length: Full YearGrade Levels: 9Credits: 1.0Subject: Social StudiesPrerequisites: None
In this two-semester course students learn the beliefs and principles on which the United States was founded and on the functions, structure, and powers of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students learn major political ideas and forms of government throughout history. A significant emphasis is placed on the U.S. Constitution, its fundamental principles and ideas, and the form of government it created. Students thoroughly analyze major concepts of republicanism, federalism, checks, and balances, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights and compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems. Students identify the role of government in the U.S. free enterprise system and compare it to the economic systems. Students analyze the impact of individuals, political parties, interest groups, and the media on the U.S. political system, evaluate the importance of voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Students examine the relationship between governmental policies and the culture of the United States.