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Government Teachers:

Mrs. Dendulk (AP)

Mrs. Larsen (AP)

Mr. Nuncio

Mr. Ochoa

Mr. Wilson

Here at CVHS we are aiming to develop politically active, socially conscious, and effective participants in a modern democracy through an in-depth study of the institutions of American government. This one semester course is designed to help students understand the workings of the American system on the federal, state, and local levels. The course examines the scope and limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens. Furthermore, this course is a culmination of the civic literacy strand that prepares students to vote, to reflect on the responsibilities of citizenship, and to participate in community activities.

This course begins with a study of the philosophy of those who framed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Following an in-depth analysis of the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy, students analyze the unique roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government as established by the U.S. Constitution. Much attention is focused on the effect of landmark Supreme Court decisions and discussion of the American voting behavior, political parties, and the political process. Furthermore, students also learn the principles of federalism and the jurisdictions of national, state, and local governments.