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What is Government and What Should it Do?
1.Understands ideas about civic life, politics, and government
2.Understands the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited governments
3.Understands the sources, purposes, and functions of law, and the importance of the rule of law for the protection of individual rights and the common good
4.Understands the concept of a constitution, the various purposes that constitutions serve, and the conditions that contribute to the establishment and maintenance of constitutional government
5.Understands the major characteristics of systems of shared powers and of parliamentary systems
6.Understands the advantages and disadvantages of federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government
7.Understands alternative forms of representation and how they serve the purposes of constitutional government
What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy
8.Understands the central ideas of American constitutional government and how this form of government has shaped the character of American society
9.Understands the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, beliefs, and principles of American constitutional democracy
10.Understands the roles of voluntarism and organized groups in American social and political life
11.Understands the role of diversity in American life and the importance of shared values, political beliefs, and civic beliefs in an increasingly diverse American society
12.Understands the relationships among liberalism, republicanism, and American constitutional democracy
13.Understands the character of American political and social conflict and factors that tend to prevent or lower its intensity
14.Understands issues concerning the disparities between ideals and reality in American political and social life
How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
15.Understands how the United States Constitution grants and distributes power and responsibilities to national and state government and how it seeks to prevent the abuse of power
16.Understands the major responsibilities of the national government for domestic and foreign policy, and understands how government is financed through taxation
17.Understands issues concerning the relationship between state and local governments and the national government and issues pertaining to representation at all three levels of government
18.Understands the role and importance of law in the American constitutional system and issues regarding the judicial protection of individual rights
19.Understands what is meant by "the public agenda," how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the media
20.Understands the roles of political parties, campaigns, elections, and associations and groups in American politics
21.Understands the formation and implementation of public policy
What is the Relationship of the United States to Other nations and to World Affairs?
22.Understands how the world is organized politically into nation-states, how nation-states interact with one another, and issues surrounding U.S. foreign policy
23.Understands the impact of significant political and nonpolitical developments on the United States and other nations
What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy?
24.Understands the meaning of citizenship in the United States, and knows the requirements for citizenship and naturalization
25.Understands issues regarding personal, political, and economic rights
26.Understands issues regarding the proper scope and limits of rights and the relationships among personal, political, and economic rights
27.Understands how certain character traits enhance citizens' ability to fulfill personal and civic responsibilities
28.Understands how participation in civic and political life can help citizens attain individual and public goals
29.Understands the importance of political leadership, public service, and a knowledgeable citizenry in American constitutional democracy