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American Government Course of Study

American Government – Grade 11

Course of study

THEME: How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course. Students can impact issues addressed by local governments through service learning and senior projects.


Civic Involvement - Students can engage in societal problems and participate in opportunities to contribute to the common good through governmental and nongovernmental channels.

Civic Participation and Skills - Democratic government is enhanced when individuals exercise the skills to participate effectively in civic affairs.

Basic Principles of the U.S. Constitution - Principles related to representative democracy are reflected in the articles and amendments of the U.S. Constitution and provide structure for the government of the United States.

Structure and Functions of the Federal Government - Three branches compose the basic structure of the federal government. Public policy is created through the making of laws, the execution of the laws and the adjudication of disputes under the laws.

Role of the People - The government of the United States protects the freedoms of its people and provides opportunities for citizens to participate in the political process.

Ohio’s State and Local Governments - The State of Ohio acts within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and extends powers and functions to local governments.

Public Policy - Federal, state and local governments address problems and issues by making decisions, creating laws, enforcing regulations and taking action.

Government and the Economy - The actions of government play a major role in the flow of economic activity. Governments consume and produce goods and services. Fiscal and monetary policies, as well as economic regulations, provide the means for government intervention in the economy.

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