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U.S. Government

Government is the social science that studies the processes, principles, and structure of political institutions and the exercise of authority and the act of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit."  - Wikipedia

The U.S. Government course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. We will study both the general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies, and will become familiar with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.

What is power? Who has power within our government and society?
What is the role of government and is it necessary?
Is the Constitution the most effective method for organizing the government?
What is a citizen and what are their responsibilities?
What events preceded and contributed to the formation of the Constitution?
What allows the government to continue evolving?

Current events will be used as much as possible to bring the concepts of politics alive in our discussions.  Class lessons will involve a wide range of activities from the more traditional notes approach to what I call “political labs” where students will take part in simulation roles of American political institutions and activities.  These simulation activities include a “mock” congress, the creation of political parties and accompanying elections, a “mock” city council, as well as a “mock” trial.  

One of my main personal objectives in this class is to give you honest, accurate information regarding how our government and society, with all its different factors, came to be what it is today. However, once you have this information, I want you to form a solid opinion based on the facts! Your opinion can be whatever you want, but you must be able to substantiate it!
An educated opinion is a powerful tool that will earn you respect!

Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.  
Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.