COURSE TITLE:United States and Virginia Government (High School)
DESCRIPTION:This course examines the structures of government and the economy in the
United States. The balance and separation of powers within the U.S.
government, and the powers inherent to each branch and level, are emphasized.
Democratic values and responsible participation in the community are stressed
throughout the course. The United States’ political and economic roles in the
global community are also analyzed. Basic principles inherent in the
Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution of Virginia, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the Virginia
Statute of Religious Freedom are examined and related to everyday life. Because
of the conceptual nature of government and the constant interaction of current
affairs, the specific material which makes up the course may vary greatly from
year to year.
MAIN TOPICS:What is government?
Foundations of the American political system and the U.S. Constitution
Citizenship and civil liberties (roles, rights and responsibilities)
The election process
Organization of powers of the national government
State and local government
Comparative governments and economics
CREDIT INFO:This course provides one of the credits required for a Standard or Advanced