COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada. They will explore their own and others’ ideas about civics questions and learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them.
CHAPTERS
Ch.1 – Geography
Geography: World Regions
Physical and Cultural Settings of the Americas
Role of Geography on the Historical and Cultural Development of the US

Ch.2 – Introducing Government in America
Foundations of Government
Political Beginnings of the United States
Basic Concepts of a Democracy
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation Questions
Introducing Government in America Test

Ch.3 – The Constitution
Creating the Federal Government
Six Basic Principles
Ratifying the Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Checks and Balances
Government and State
Review: Foundations of Govt and Constitution
The Constitution Test

Ch.4 – Legislative Branch
Examination of the Congress
Participating in the Legislative Process
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Expressed, Implied and Non-Legislative Powers of Congress

Ch.5 – Judicial Branch
Introduction to the Judicial
Judicial Branch Essay
The Judicial Branch
The Judicial Branch Test
The Supreme Court
Supreme Court Nominations
Ch.6 – Executive Branch
Executive Branch Webquest
The Presidency
The Presidency Test
Examination of the Presidency Questions
The Executive Branch

Ch.7 – Political Parties
• Introduction to Political Parties
• Nominating Candidates for Office
• Interest Groups
• Public Opinion

Ch.8 – Civil Liberties and Social Policy
• Constitutional Protections
• Unlawful Arrest/Unlawful Search
• Fourth Amendment
• Gun Control

Ch.9 – The Justice System
• The Trial Process
• Jury Selection
• Supreme Court Cases 1896 – 1974
• Criminal vs. Civil Law
• Rights of the Accused
• Criminal Justice Process
• Juvenile vs. Adult Justice System

Ch.10 – Intro to Economics and the American Economy
• Intro to Economics
• Understanding Economics
• How Economics Play a Role in our Lives
• Supply and Demand
• US Economic System
• Economics Review