Assessment: Pre-Test, Lesson Practice, Unit Exams, Mid-Term Exam, Final Exam
The Acellus U.S. Government course presents the history, theory, structure, and mechanics of the United States Government, as well as the responsibilities and impact of its citizens.
Course topics include:
- Foundations of Government
- Historical Foundations
- Formation of the Constitution
- Overview of the Constitution
- Checks and Balances
- Bill of Rights and Amendments
- Supreme Court Cases
- Political Participation and Political Parties
- Process of Elections and Influence of Mass Media
- Public Policy and Interest Groups
Course Objectives & Student Learning OutcomesThe students learn about the foundations of the U.S. Government. They study the impact of English documents that shaped the U.S. Constitution, and the philosophies of great thinkers that influenced its principles. Historical events at the time of the writing of the Constitution are explored, and the move from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution is examined. Each Article of the Constitution is studied. The importance of “checks and balances” to provide separation of power is emphasized. Each branch of government and its limits and powers are studied. The course covers the amendment process and the twenty-seven amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Examples of Supreme Court cases are presented as evidence of the laws of the land in process. The fact that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land is emphasized. The development of political analysis skills is encouraged through the use of writing assignments and group projects. The importance of understanding the U.S. Constitution and the protection it provides for the U.S. nation and its citizens is a focus of this course.
This course was developed by the International Academy of Science. Learn More