Principles of American Democracy

2703 CA

This semester-long course discusses types of governments, focusing on the American form of government. Throughout the course, students will learn about a variety of topics. Topics in this course include:

  • International governments
  • Philosophers that influenced the development of government
  • A history of government types
  • The rise of democracy
  • The structure and organization of the United States government
  • The importance of the U.S Constitution
  • The three branches of government
  • How bills become law
  • American political parties
  • Voting and elections
  • Citizenship and civic responsibilities

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of questions relating to government and demonstrate a number of social studies skills.


  • Understand the history of government
  • Answer the question "What is the American form of government?"
  • Identify American values associated with the American form of government
  • Recognize the importance of the American Founding Fathers
  • Identify unalienable rights
  • Understand the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Identify the importance of checks and balances
  • Understand how candidates are nominated and elected to public office
  • Understand the importance of voting and civic responsibility
  • Use social studies terminology appropriately
  • Transform information from one form to another
  • Demonstrate good writing skills

State: California
Grade Level: 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year