Principles of U.S Government and Politics

  • Course Number: T144* (*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 10-12
  • Credits: .5 (semester course)
  • Prerequisites: Counseling dept. approval

Course Description: This online course is designed to meet the needs of students seeking credit for the completion of U.S. government and politics standards that are required for graduation (note: Minnetonka High School students are required to take Human Geo/Civics in their ninth grade year). This course includes the study of the foundation and principles of United States government, citizenship, and politics. Students will learn about the organization and responsibilities of national government and the system of checks and balances that limits power. They examine the place of law in the American constitutional system and learn about the amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Students learn how power and responsibility are distributed, shared, and limited by the U.S. Constitution and how this affects government at the state and local level. Students are required to follow Tonka Online procedures and expectations.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Instructional methods include small and large group online discussions, primary and secondary source analysis, online lectures and activities. Assessments include online activities, objective and essay tests, quizzes, online discussion participation, presentations and speeches in an online module format.

Recommended Background for Success: Students should have basic knowledge of U.S. history and have an ability to focus and achieve in an online environment.

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