Santa Cruz Learning Center
2560 Soquel Avenue Suite 200, Santa Cruz CA 95062 | 831-331-5611 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be an A-G course and fulfills the "a" requirement (for Ocean Grove students only.)
This is a one semester course. It is suggested that students take Economics during the spring semester. Students will pursue a deeper knowledge of the institutions of American government. By tracing the major historical development towards constitutional democracy, including political theorists prior to 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 systems of government and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. A look at factors affecting foreign policy will also be considered. Finally, state and local government structure and practice 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.
On top of this it is an election year so we will be follow the events of the election with a focus on the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates.
Holt McDougal United States Government: Principles in Practice