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Course Overview: The Exploring Civics course provides students an in-depth study of the foundations of American government, including the development of the U.S. Constitution, the powers and responsibilities of each branch of government, as well as the philosophical thinking that influenced the founders of the United States. Students use a case study to learn about real-life applications of civic principles and civic engagement. Students investigate the issues of democratic government and analyze the consequences of democratic governments and the decisions made by governments that infringe upon individual freedoms and rights. Course work focuses on real-life issues and the development of critical-thinking skills. Students use Socratic seminars and course-appropriate readings and writings.

Unit 1- Why is Government Necessary?
Unit 2- How are Government is Unique?
Unit 3- How was Our Government Established?
Unit 4- How Does Our Government Function (Executive, Legislative, Judicial Branches)?
Unit 5- How Have Federalism and Separation of Powers Been Put into Action?
Unit 6- How is Government Relavent to Citizens?
Unit 7- How do Citizens Participate?
Unit 8- How did the Struggle for Voting Rights Expand Civic Participation?


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