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Course: American Government

V American Government • Offering for 2018 • Grade 11 or above • Government Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Holli Manzo
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Holli Manzo
Classes meet from September 4, 2018 to June 7, 2019
Monday 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET • Thursday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $450.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's American Government website.
* Description
This course will examine the system of government as outlined by the United States Constitution and compare and contrast that ideal structure to the form of government functioning in the United States today. The latter will be accomplished by required reading of some daily news source individually chosen by each student. In addition to specific study of the traditional three branches of government and the Amendments, we will consider various schools of constitutional interpretation, the implications of each, and the impact of the media, lobbyists, the military apparatus, and other extra-Constitutional entities on the modern American government. This is not a course designed to instruct students in one single political mindset; instead, it is intended to encourage the students to develop their political understanding and better be able to discuss, analyze, and argue their personal opinions.
* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Reading will be light and limited, and primarily consist of reading assigned sections of the Constitution, occasional supplemental materials, and a daily news source. Students must submit journal entries with reading reflections and daily commentary on some piece of news through the class Moodle at the end of each week. There will not be any tests, but each unit will have a short essay (required of all students) and a unit research paper or project. Students do not need to do every unit project, but may choose any three of the first five; the final unit project is required of all students.
* Prerequisites
A good working knowledge of the history of the United States is required. This could be fulfilled through US AP History or through our own US History course. If a student has taken neither of these courses, other arrangements might be possible, depending on the student's level of study in the field.
* Recommended background
See prerequisites.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Constitution of the United States of America. (Edition: 1)
James Madison et al.
This text is required.
ISBN: None
Publisher's website: Constitution of the United States of America.
Best sources: Online
Other information: Obviously this text is widely available, including many full-text online versions, one of which is linked here. Any version will serve, so long as the student can refer to it easily. Annotated versions, in any form, are welcome but not required. See course description for further details on course materials.


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