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Area D:The Individual and Society

Area D - 3 American Institutions

1. Historical Development of American Institutions and ideals

Any course or examination which addresses the historical development of American Institutions and ideals must include all of the subject matter elements identified in the following subparagraphs. Nothing contained herein is intended to prescribe the total content or structure of any course.

a) Significant events covering a minimum time span of approximately one hundred years occurring in the entire area now included in the U.S.A., including the relationships of regions within that area and with external regions and powers as appropriate to the understanding of those events within the U.S.A. during the period under study.

b) The role of major ethnic and social groups in such events and the contexts in which the events have occurred.

c) The events presented within a framework which illustrates the continuity of the American experience and its derivation from other cultures including consideration of three or more the of the following: politics, economics, social movements, and geography.

OR

2. Focus on Government/Constitution

Any course or examination which addresses the Constitution of the United States, the operation of representative democratic government under that Constitution, and the process of California state and local government must address all of the subject matter elements identified in the following subparagraphs. Nothing contained herein is intended to prescribe the total content or structure of any course.

a) The political philosophies of the framers of the Constitution and the nature and operation of United States political institutions and processes under that Constitution as amended and interpreted.

b) The rights and obligations of citizens in the political system established under the Constitution.

c) The Constitution of the State of California within the framework of evolution of Federal/State relations and the nature and the processes of State and local government under that Constitution.

d) Contemporary relationships of State and local government with the Federal government the resolution of conflicts and the establishment of cooperative processes under the constitutions of both the State and nation, and the political processes involved.

AND

3. Develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of the human community.

4. Presents the contributions and perspectives of women; persons from various ethnic, socio-economic, and religious groups; gays and lesbians; and persons with disabilities. [At least two of these groups should be included in the course.]

Students will:

1. Demonstrates an understanding of historical development of American institutions and ideals including, specifically, the following:

  • The role of major ethnic and social groups
  • The continuity of the American experience
  • The derivation of American experience from other cultures: their politics, economics, social movements, and geography.

1.  Explain:

  • The political philosophies of the framers of the Constitution.
  • The nature of political institutions and processes developed under the Constitution.

2.   Describe:

  • Rights and obligations of the U.S. citizens in their political system.
  • The Constitution of the State of California within the context of the evolution of Federal/State relations.
  • The relationships that exist between the Federal government and state and local government

3. Demonstrates an understanding of the nature and processes of California state and local government.

4. Demonstrates an understanding of the diversity that exists in human societies.

 5. Demonstrates an understanding of the contributions to human society of at least two of the following groups: women, ethnic religious, socio-economic, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities.

 

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