Representative descriptions of topics covered in each category are provided below.
Current section: III. Government/Civics
- I. United States
- II. World
- III. Government/
- IV. Geography
- V. Economics
- VI. Short
United States Government and Civics
- Understands the key concepts and ideas on which the United States government is based (e.g., popular sovereignty, separation of powers, rule of law).
- Understands federalism and the basic relationship between the states and the national government.
- Understands the origins, development, interpretations and ongoing impact of the United States Constitution.
- Understands the origin, role and interactions of the three branches of the federal government.
- Understands the development and political impact of civil rights and civil liberties in the United States.
- Understands how the election process operates in the United States.
- Understands the role of political parties, interest groups and the media in the political process.
- Understand the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens.
Comparative Government and International Relations
- Understands the major characteristics of different political systems (e.g., democracy, republic, totalitarianism).
- Understands the relationship between political systems and economic conditions.