Course of Study
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
C GE T 1 1. Identify the origins and functions of government.
C GE T * a. Compare essential characteristics of limited and unlimited governments throughout the world, including
C GE T 1 2. Analyze key components of the constitution of the United States by identifying purposes, organization, functions, and
C GE T * a. Compare government structure under the Articles of Confederation with government structure under the Constitution
of the United States.
C GE T * b. Compare arguments for establishing a government with three separate branches.
C GE T c. Explain the necessity for and inclusion of a system of checks and balances.
C GE T d. Explain the necessity for including a Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States.
C GE T e. Outline the process of amending the Constitution.
C GE T 1 3. Explain how the federal system of the United of the United States divides powers between national and state
C GE T 1 * 4. Describe the specific functions, organization, and purposes of state and local governments.
C T a. Analyze the Alabama constitution of 1901 to determine its impact on local funding and campaign reform.
C T b. Describe the influence of special interest groups on state government.
C GE T 1 5. Trace the expansion of suffrage and its effect on the political system of the United States.
C GE T a. Describe implications of participation of large numbers of minorities and women in parties and campaigns.
C T b. Describe the impact of the Selma-to-Montgomery march on the passage of the voting Rights Act of 1065.
C T 1 6. Describe the functions and development of special interest groups.
C T a. Identify the impact of campaign contributions by political action committees on the election processes at the
state and national levels.
C T b. Analyze rulings by the United States Supreme Court regarding campaign financing to determine their effect on the
C W T 2 7. Trace the development and impact of the media on the political process and public opinion in the United States.
C a. Explain the effect of media consolidation on public opinion and access to various viewpoints.
C T b. Describe regional differences in public opinion in the United States.
C W T * c. Analyze the impact of television on the election process and campaign spending.
C T d. Explain the effect of attack advertisements on voter selection of candidates.
C W T 2 8. Identify the roles political parties play in the functioning of the political system of the United States.
C T a. Describe the role of third-party candidates in political elections in the United States.
C T b. Explain major characteristics of contemporary political parties in the United States, Including the role of
conventions, party leadership, formal and informal memberships, and regional strongholds.
C T c. Describe the changing influence of political parties on individual and elected officials.
C T 2 9. Identify constitutional provisions of the legislative branch of the government of the United States.
C T a. Compare rules of operation and hierarchies of the House and Senate.
C T b. Trace the legislative process, including types of votes and committee action, from a bill's presentation
to presidential action.
C T c. Identify committee structure and types of committees.
C T d. Discuss problems concerning redistricting as populations shift. (Example: gerrymandering)
C T 2 10. Identify constitutional provisions of the executive branch of the government of the United States.
C T a. Identify Constitutional provisions regarding the office of President of the United States.
C T b. Identify informal powers of the President.
C T * c. Compare the characteristics of the President of the United States with characteristics of the electorate.
C T d. Identify the influence of White House staff on the President.
C T e. Identify powers held by the President's Cabinet.
C T f. Identify factors that influence voter's choices of presidential candidates.
C T 2 11. Identify constitutional provisions of the judicial branch of the government of the United States.
C T a. Describe the structure of the court system of the United States.
C T b. Trace the process by which a case goes to the Supreme Court.
C T c. Identify the impact of landmark Supreme Court cases on constitutional interpretation.
C T d. Identify landmark decisions arising from Supreme Court cases originating in Alabama.
C T * e. Contrast the strict and loose constructionist views of the Constitution.
C T f. Explain the politics involved in the appointment process.
C T g. Describe the shifting political balance of the court system.
C T h. Identify influences on court decisions.
C T i. Trace the nationalization of the Bill of Rights from Gitlow versus New York to the present.
C T 2 *12. Contrast the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a participatory democracy.
C T 2 13. Explain the foreign policy of the United States and national security interests as they pertain to the role of the United
States in the world community.
C T a. Discuss the changing role of the foreign policy of the United States.
C T b. Identify the positive and/or negative consequences of foreign policy decisions.
C T c. Identify traditional foreign policy allies of the United States and potential areas of current and future intervention.
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