1 Unit
Social Studies
Grades: 12

Government focuses on American and international governments. Students will learn about the history of governments, the characteristics of the United States government, political parties, and the voting process. These areas of focus target two major content strands: History, and Government and Citizenship.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
Understand the basics of various philosophies of government.
Describe political and philosophical leaders from around the world.
Understand the structure and functions of government and how the principles and values of American democracy (e.g., limited government and popular sovereignty) are reflected in American constitutional government.
Understand the effects of technology and the economy on government.
Understand how the overall design, as well as specific features of the U.S. Constitution, prevent the abuse of power by using a system of checks and balances (e.g., federalism).
Understand the role of political parties, the media, and the public on the political process.
Describe the role of the citizen in the United States government.
Additionally, students will gain practice in writing essays and reports, covering topics like elected officials and the Supreme Court.


  • NCAA Eligible


Instructor Embedded Cost: $265 per license

Content Only Cost: N/A

The following information applies only to instructor embedded courses.

Prerequisites: none

Oklahoma Subject Code: 5541

Course Provider Contact: Kate Baxter | | 480-772-9717

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