Course Details

Social Studies

Cale Hoover

Recommended Grade Level:
12th Grade


Offered Online:
Summer, School Year, Fall, Spring


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United States Government

United States Government provides a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of constitutional representative democracy in the United States.  Responsible and effective participation of citizens is stressed.  Students will understand the nature of citizenship, politics, and governments and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens and how these are part of local, state, and national government.  Students will examine how the United States Constitution protects rights and provides the structure and functions of various levels of government.  How the United States interacts with other nations and the government’s role in world affairs will be examined.  Using primary and secondary resources, students will articulate, evaluate, and defend positions on political issues.  As a result, they will be able to explain the role of individuals and groups in government, politic, and civic activities and the need for civic and political engagement of citizens in the United States.

Students who enroll in United States Government through Global Campus will explore the structure and dynamics of American government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States. This course will focus on three major areas:  The Constitution and the debates of the founding era, the institutions  of modern American government, and the political behavior of the American mass public.

Fulfills the Government requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective for any diploma.

Students must have access to a computer with high-speed internet access.  Students will provide audio and video feedback, and will need a headset microphone. Various apps will be utilized throughout the course, and it’s recommended students have access to a tablet device.

Final Exam
There is no on-site final exam requirement for this course.

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