The Government course focuses on American and international governments. Students will learn about the history of governments, the characteristics of the United States government, political parties, and the voting process. These areas of focus target two major content strands: History, and Government and Citizenship. Students will also gain practice in research, presentations, writing essays, and creating an argument in topics such as elected officials and the Supreme Court. In addition to the default course program, Government includes alternate lessons, projects, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • International Governments: Students will learn the basic philosophies and types of government while exploring historical political leaders from around the world. 
  • History of Governments: Students explore the different governments throughout history including ancient Greek democracy, feudalism, and totalitarian regimes.

American Government:Examine the structure and functions of the U.S. government including the Constitution, branches of government, and how a bill becomes a law. Understand the effects technology and the economy have on the American government.

U.S. Party System:Understand the development and role of political parties in the American party system. Students will look at the effect media and the public have on the political process. 

The Citizen:Describe the role of the citizen in the United States government. Identify methods of propaganda and how they are used to effect public opinion.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Semester