Field of Study
Virginia and US Government is designed to present students with an analytical perspective of government and politics in the United States, tracing the history, development, and nature of US governmental institutions and processes, as well as societal perspectives and behaviors related to such institutions and processes (and influences on those perspectives and behaviors.)
The course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. The course will include the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. As such, it will cover these basic areas:
- Module 1: Constitutional Basis
- Module 2: Political Beliefs and Behaviors. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
- Module 3: Institutions of National Government
- Module 4: Public Policy
- Module 5: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Students will complete a variety of homework assignments including vocabulary and required readings for each module. They will participate in discussion boards. Work related to each module contains a culminating exam, occasional quizzes, and some short answer responses. This course contains a mix of writing, multiple choice, and other assignments.
Students are expected to complete assignments on time by the dates listed in the course calendar.
This course satisfies the state requirement for graduation related to coursework in US and Virginia Government.
- Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 (required)
Course Texts and Materials