Course Description: An examination of theUnited States system of government. The course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in theUnited States. The course will further look at the American political process as manifested in voting behavior, parties and their nominating conventions, interest groups, the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary. Special emphasis is placed on the study of the United States Constitution and on the Missouri State Constitution.
Course Objectives: Students successfully completing this course will understand:
- Pass theUnited Statesand Missouri Constitution test
- The rationale behind “government.”
- The meaning of Democracy and our Representative Democracy.
- The history leading to our American System of Government.
- The struggles of freedom, the struggles of equality, and the conflict between the two.
- The history ofAmerica’s “two-party” system.
- The process of a political campaign.
- The intricate function of the three branches of our American System of Government complete with the role of the bureaucracy.
- How the branches interact with one another, and your impact/access within the political process.
Course Requirements: Students are required to pass the United States Consitution and Missouri State Constitution exams; these are requirements to graduate. This course has an End of Course (EOC).
Standard School Supplies: Pencils, Pens, notebook and 3×5 note cards