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American Government 

This is a one-semester course in the Fall. We will teach economics in the spring.

This A-G course will fulfill the "a" requirement for Ocean Grove students.

Students will pursue a more profound knowledge of the institutions of American government. By tracing the major historical development towards constitutional democracy, including political theorists before 1787, students will understand the context from which the remarkable document that is the Constitution sprang. A look at the debated topics between Federalists and Antifederalists (with attention to primary source documents) will be covered. An analysis of the different Articles and the powers of each branch will ensue, followed by a more in-depth study of the unique freedoms and protections granted to Americans through the Bill of Rights. After examining the interplay of federal and state power and related concepts of concurrent and reserved powers, students will analyze a history of important Supreme Court Rulings concerning Constitutional freedoms. They will study both past and extant government systems and explore the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the government's legislative, executive, and judiciary branches. A look at factors affecting foreign policy will also be considered. Finally, state and local government structures and practices will be examined. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

Textbook: American Government 2e by OpenStax

ISBN-10: 1-947172-65-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-65-4

ISBN-13: 978-1-59399-576-8


ISBN-10: 1-947172-66-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-66-1
Free here . This is a digital book but if you would like to order the physical book please do so as soon as possible to allow time for it to arrive.