Why Take This Course?
American government is the result of thousands of years of political philosophy, and input from some of the greatest minds the world has ever known! The founding fathers mixed up a recipe for success that included ingredients from Aristotle, Polybius, Solon, Cicero, Moses, John Locke, Montesquieu, Blackstone and others.
The combination of ideas and philosophies contained in our Constitution revolutionized political and economic theory throughout the world and is the greatest force for freedom this earth has ever experienced. The rights, protections, and divisions of power in the Constitution form a bold bulwark against tyranny and ambition.
One thing is true of all generations, and especially true for youth today–only one force stands between your cherished liberties and the grasping claws of tyranny, and that force is you! Are you willing to learn the recipe of freedom by studying the ideas of those who most influenced the Founding Fathers? Even more importantly, are you prepared to explore the best arguments on all sides of constitutional and economic issues, and to inform your existing social or political views through study and debate?
If so, you are prepared to do your part to “secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” and this High School Social Studies course is designed just for you.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What comprises America's political foundation?||What comprises America's political foundation? Cont.||What is the structure of the U.S. Constitution?||How is governmental power kept in check under the U.S. Constitution?|
|What is law?||What kind of education is necessary to preserve government?||What are Congress's powers?||How does the Constitution separate powers horizontally and vertically?|
|What are some types of laws?||How is government corrupted?||What are some important legislative Supreme Court cases?||What are checks and balances?|
|What is government?||What are unalienable rights?||How are Congress's powers limited?||What are the prominent checks and balances in the Constitution?|
|What are some types of governments?||What is natural law?||How are state's powers limited?||What is the 17th Amendment and how did it affect the vertical separation of powers?|
|How does religion influence government?||How are rights protected?||What are the President's powers?||What is the nature of power?|
|What are some important executive Supreme Court cases?||What does freedom look like?|
|What are the Supreme Court's powers?|
|What are some important cases related to the judicial branch?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Montesquieu, Charles||*The Spirit of Laws|
|Locke, John||*The Second Treatise on Civil Government|
|Hamilton, Madison, Jay||*The Federalist Papers|
|Bastiat, Frederic||*The Law|
- *Available in the public domain so you can find these works free online. Links will be provided in the course for those who do not wish to purchase the physical books.
- Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
- Format: Live/Self-Paced
- Credits: 0.5