Honors Government Schedule Classroom Rules Academic Expectations Academic Honesty Policy Honors Government Unit Objectives




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

Apathy, it seems, has become an enduring fixture in America’s political tradition.  There is no need to look far to find evidence of this unfortunate epidemic.  Indeed, America is one of the few democracies in which the citizens take pride in their own political indifference.  By providing students with an understanding of the purpose of government, how it works, and the responsibilities of citizens living in a democratic society, this course seeks to create socially and politically informed students who possess the ability to make future decisions that will ensure the survival of the ideals that America was founded upon.  

Course Objectives: 

Students will:

     understand the purpose of government.

      know the political theories that formed the foundation for the U.S. government.

      be able to compare and contrast different forms of government.

      understand the roles and responsibilities of the different branches of government.

      examine how interpretations of the Constitution have change over time.

      understand the election process.

      examine how interpretations of the Constitution have change over time.

      detect bias in the media, political commentaries, and political campaigns. 

      trace the evolution of Americans’ civil rights and liberties.

There will be approximately four unit tests this semester and a Final Examination. Grades will be based on homework, quizzes, test scores, simulations, a research paper, and a final examination.

Required Text:

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, 10th ed. James Q. Wilson and John Dilulio. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Robert A. Crawford.
Copyright 1998
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Revised: July 25, 2008