In Government, the focus will be on principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. This course is the culmination of the civic and governmental content and concepts studied from kindergarten through required secondary courses. Students will learn major political ideas and forms of government in history. A significant focus of the course will be on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, and the form of government it created. Students will analyze major concepts of republicanism, federalism, checks, and balances, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights and will compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems. Students will identify the role of government in the U.S. free enterprise system and examine the strategic importance of places to the United States. Students will analyze the impact of individuals, political parties, interest groups and the media on the American political system, evaluate the importance of voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the rights guaranteed by the U.S Constitution. Students will identify examples of government policies that encourage scientific research and will use critical-thinking skills to create a project on a contemporary government issue.