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Course SummaryAccess this high school U.S. government course at any time to review the history and functions of the U.S. government. The course's short video lessons and practice quizzes can help anyone who needs to study foundational U.S. government concepts for class exams, homework, projects and essays.
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Study the basics of the U.S. government with this helpful online course. Through a series of bite-sized lessons, you'll explore the history of the government, as well as its branches, electoral process, political parties and much more. Our lessons are taught by expert instructors who simplify complex government topics and use an engaging instructional style. You can solidify your understanding of these concepts with the course's interactive lesson quizzes, chapter exams and final assessment.
The course can be used by students who need extra homework help or a way to study for upcoming exams. Teachers can also incorporate the course's lessons and additional resources into the classroom. Working professionals and independent learners who need a refresher on the functions of the U.S. government can study this course at any time that's convenient.
|Ideals of Government||Explore the concept of government, government branches and the forms of government. Identify the basic tenets of government, analyze political power and consider contradiction and compromise in government.|
|Foundations of U.S. Government||Explore the historical roots of the U.S. government and the ideas and principals that underlie the Declaration of Independence. Consider the philosophy of the U.S. Government and trace the process of U.S. independence from Great Britain.|
|History & Amendments of the U.S. Constitution||Examine the making of the U.S. Constitution, Shay's Rebellion, the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers and the ratification of the Constitution. Explore the process of amending the Constitution, looking at each of the 27 amendments. Learn how the Bill of Rights came to be and debate the relevance of each amendment in the Bill of Rights.|
|Federalism Overview||Trace the development of federalism and explore the relationship between the federal and state governments in cooperative federalism. Analyze historical and current conflicts between state and local governments.|
|The United States Legislative Branch Overview||Learn about the structure of the U.S. Congress and its powers. Consider the Senate and the House of Representatives and how their members are elected. Learn about the process by which a bill becomes law and the checks and balances that affect Congress.|
|The United States Judicial Branch Overview||Explore the federal court system and its role in judicial review. Understand how federal and Supreme Court justices are selected. Compare the civil and criminal court systems.|
|The United States Executive Branch Overview||Evaluate the role of the President of the United States. Explore the relationship between the executive branch and the other branches of the government, as well as the checks and balances that control the power of the executive branch. Understand the role of the cabinet and the role of the president as a leader.|
|Influential U.S. Presidents & Speeches||Examine past presidents and legacies of their terms of office, as well as influential speeches of past presidents.|
|Landmark United States Court Cases||Learn about significant Supreme Court decisions.|
|United States Political Parties Overview||Examine the functions of political parties in the U.S. and their organization and function in local, state, and federal politics. Consider the two party system and the role of third parties. Recognize today's political parties, their views and how they influence policy within the government.|
|Voting & Elections in the United States||Consider voting behavior, the right to vote and transparency in government. Know how campaigns are financed. Define the concepts of voter turnout, civic responsibility and personal involvement in the democratic process.|
|The American Electoral Process||Explore the process of elections, including local, state and federal elections. Trace the electoral process. Analyze maps of past elections and consider disputed elections in U.S. history.|
|Public Opinion, Media & American Politics||Consider the role the media has in the democratic process. Assess bias in the media and how public opinion is shaped. Determine how public opinion is measured and contrast the right to freedom of information with national security concerns.|
|Interest Groups in U.S. Politics||Identify special interest groups and political action committees, today and in history. Analyze lobbying as a means to shape public policy. Examine the influence of special interest groups at the local, state and federal levels.|
|Civil Rights & Liberties in the United States||Evaluate the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Consider the court's role in protecting civil liberties. Look at specific rights, cases and the events surrounding them throughout the course of U.S. history.|
|State & Local Government Overview||Examine the roles and structures of local and state government. Analyze sources of state revenue including taxes and bonds. Consider the levels of local government and the structure of city government. Recognize revenue sources for local government and the impact that government spending and policy has on local economies.|
|Political Systems & World Politics Overview||Trace the evolution of governments and compare political systems around the world. Discuss national sovereignty and challenges to state authority today.|
|Economic Systems & Global Trade Overview||Analyze global trade patterns and the growth of national economies. Compare systems of socialism and capitalism. Consider free enterprise and the communist system. Explore national economies in the world today in light of the world economy and multi-national corporations.|
|The United States & International Relations||Evaluate the role of the United States in international relations and trace U.S. foreign relations since the end of World War II. Explain the concepts of national defense and national security.|
|Global Environmental Interdependence Overview||Assess current issues related to environmental and economic interdependence among world nations.|
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