Political science is the study of power and authority through the examination of political processes, governmental institutions, and human behavior in a civil society. In this context the study of civics is understood to include the form and function of government. Civic literacy encompasses civics but also addresses the individual's social and political participation.
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action.
Understand rights, roles and status of the individual in relation to the general welfare.
Understand the concepts of constitutional government as fundamental principles of American democracy.
Understand the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited governments.
Understand the basic concepts of a federal system of government.
Understand values such as individual rights, the common good, self government, justice, equality, diversity, openness and free inquiry, truth, patriotism are fundamental to American public life.
Understand the type of citizenry needed to establish and maintain constitutional government.
Understand the purpose and function of each of the three branches of government established by the Constitution.
Understand the primary responsibilities of each branch of government in a system of shared powers (legislative, executive, judicial) and ways in which each branch shares the powers and functions of the other branches.