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Course Description: Welcome to High School U.S. Government, an engaging online course designed to meet California Educational Standards. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. government and its functions, emphasizing real-world applications and civic engagement.

These 20 units are designed to provide a thorough understanding of U.S. government, critical thinking skills, and an ability to engage in civic processes. The course emphasizes measurable outcomes in knowledge, civic participation, and analytical skills.

Course Structure:

  • Course Length: This course spans a full academic year, consisting of 20 captivating units.
  • Proficiency Level: Open to all high school students; no specific prerequisites are required.

Course Navigation: Navigating this course is user-friendly:

  • Access the course through our online platform.
  • Units are organized logically for easy access.
  • Submit assignments electronically.
  • Collaborate with peers through discussion boards.
  • Seek assistance from instructors via messaging or virtual office hours.

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Course Objectives and Syllabus: This course is designed to achieve the following objectives, all aligned with California Educational Standards. These objectives emphasize measurable outcomes in knowledge, civic engagement, and critical thinking:

Unit 1: “Foundations of American Government”

  • Objective: Understand the principles and documents that laid the foundation for the U.S. government.
  • Assignments: Analyze the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and their historical context.

Unit 2: “The Three Branches of Government”

  • Objective: Explore the roles and functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
  • Assignments: Analyze the responsibilities of each branch, study landmark Supreme Court cases, and simulate legislative processes.

Unit 3: “The Bill of Rights”

  • Objective: Examine the importance of the Bill of Rights in protecting individual freedoms.
  • Assignments: Analyze each amendment of the Bill of Rights, evaluate its significance, and participate in a debate on a contemporary rights issue.

Unit 4: “Elections and Voting”

  • Objective: Understand the electoral process, voter rights, and political participation.
  • Assignments: Research historical elections, analyze voter turnout data, and create a campaign strategy.

Unit 5: “Political Parties and Ideologies”

  • Objective: Explore political parties, ideologies, and their influence on the political landscape.
  • Assignments: Analyze the platforms of major parties, research third parties, and participate in a party platform simulation.

Unit 6: “The Media and Public Opinion”

  • Objective: Investigate the role of media in shaping public opinion and its influence on government.
  • Assignments: Analyze media bias, evaluate the impact of social media on politics, and create a media campaign.

Unit 7: “Congress: The Lawmaking Process”

  • Objective: Understand the legislative process, committee work, and the role of Congress.
  • Assignments: Analyze the steps of passing a bill, participate in a mock committee hearing, and propose legislation.

Unit 8: “The Presidency and Executive Branch”

  • Objective: Examine the powers and responsibilities of the President and the executive branch.
  • Assignments: Analyze executive orders, evaluate presidential leadership styles, and simulate a crisis response.

Unit 9: “The Judiciary and Legal System”

  • Objective: Explore the federal court system and the role of the judiciary.
  • Assignments: Analyze landmark Supreme Court cases, participate in a mock trial, and debate legal issues.

Unit 10: “Civil Liberties and Civil Rights”

  • Objective: Understand the protection of civil liberties and the fight for civil rights.
  • Assignments: Analyze significant civil rights movements, evaluate current civil liberties issues, and propose policy changes.

Unit 11: “Federalism and State Government”

  • Objective: Explore the relationship between federal and state governments.
  • Assignments: Analyze federalism in action, evaluate state government structures, and propose state-level reforms.

Unit 12: “Local Government and Civic Engagement”

  • Objective: Understand the importance of local government and community involvement.
  • Assignments: Analyze local government functions, participate in a community service project, and propose local policy changes.

Unit 13: “Public Policy and Advocacy”

  • Objective: Explore the policy-making process and civic engagement in policy advocacy.
  • Assignments: Analyze policy issues, create a policy advocacy plan, and present your proposal.

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