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American Government Syllabus
Syllabus U.S. Government and Economics James Rosenbalm
Week 1 Scarcity and Economic Reasoning Students will understand that productive resources are limited; therefore, people cannot have all the goods and services they want. As a result, they must choose some things and give up others.
Week 2 Supply and Demand Students will understand the role that supply and demand, prices, and profits play in determining production and distribution in a market economy.
Week 3 Market Structures Students will understand the organization and role of business firms and analyze the various types of market structures in the United States economy.
Week 4 Market Structures Students will understand the organization and role of business firms and analyze the various types of market structures in the United States economy.
Week 5 Principles of United States Government Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of the American government as expressed in the Constitution and other essential documents of American federalism.
Week 6 Branches of Government Students analyze the unique roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government as established by the Constitution.
Week 7 Analyze how the Bill of Rights limits the powers of the federal government and state governments.  Describe the purposes and functions of government as outlined in the Preamble to the Constitution and demonstrate an understanding of current application of those purposes and functions by identifying current government actions related to each of the six purposes.
Week 8 Analyze Article II of the Constitution as it relates to the executive branch, including eligibility for office and length of term, election to and removal from office, the oath of office, and the enumerated executive powers.
Week 9 Review for Nine weeks test.  
Week 10 Explain the history of the nomination process for presidential candidates and the increasing importance of and difference between primaries, caucuses and general elections.
Week 11 Analyze appropriate textual evidence to evaluate the roles of polls and campaign advertising, and examine the controversies over campaign funding.
Week 12 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events through textual evidence to analyze the scope of presidential power and decision-making related to significant examples, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, passage of Great Society legislation, War Powers Act, Gulf War, and intervention in Bosnia.
Week 13 The Supreme Court and the Constitution Students summarize landmark United States Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments.
Week 14 Identify and explain powers that the Constitution gives to the President and Congress in the area of foreign affairs.
Week 15 Federal Power Students analyze the scope and function of federal power.
Week 16 Elections and the Political Process Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.
Week 17 Influence of Media Students evaluate the influence of the media on American political life.
Week 18 Review for semester exam.
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