Participation in Government
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the U.S. and other nations; the U.S. Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.
What does this mean?
This course is designed to give the student some insight into how government functions. Students are seniors in high school, and soon will be old enough to vote and participate in the political process if they aren’t old enough to do so already. This course will help students make decisions that are right for both the student and the country. It will help students to understand their rights as citizens of the United States of America. Finally, it will help students to be able to participate in a democracy to the best of their ability and make informed decisions regarding politics and the way this nation is run.
What will we do in this course?
There are many aspects to the Participation in Government course.
1.We will look at different types of government to understand and analyze what different governments exist, why particular nations choose the type of the government they do, and the advantages and disadvantages of these governments.
2.We will study both the New York State and United States Constitution. This will allow us to understand many things, including: our rights as citizens of this state and this nation, our civic values and duties, the concept of federalism, separation of powers and the different branches of our government, and many other useful topics.
3.We will understand what it means to be a citizen of a nation. This means understanding the traditions and values that make us a coherent nation, what it takes to be a good citizen, the importance of voting and participation in the political process, our basic rights as citizens, and how people can influence the political process by voting as well as many other means, such as lobbying and/or writing Congress.
4.We will look at how participating in a democracy fosters respect among people and the importance of preserving democracy both in the classroom and in the real world.
What we are currently studying: Intro to Government
Upcoming assignments and projects: TBA