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Sophia’s U.S. Government course provides students with a complete insight into the structure and workings of the federal government. Students will develop the skills needed to critically evaluate the impact of government on society. 

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This is a pass/fail course. Students must complete 17 Challenges (formative assessments), 5 Milestones (summative assessments), and 2 Touchstones (project-based or written assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

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Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Recognize the range of possible government structures.</li><li>Identify the ideals and conflicts present in the U.S. Constitution.</li><li>Compare and contrast state and federal governments.</li><li>Outline the role of Congress in the U.S. constitutional system.</li><li>Outline the role of the President and executive branch in the U.S. constitutional system.</li><li>Understand the role of the bureaucracy in the U.S. government.</li><li>Outline the structure and role of the federal judiciary in the U.S. constitutional system.</li><li>Outline the major factors in political elections in the U.S.</li><li>Articulate the main issues affecting voting and political participation. <br></li><li>Summarize the origins and effects of the two-party system in the U.S. national government.</li><li>Assess the impact of interest groups on U.S. government policies.</li><li>Understand what public opinion is and its role in U.S. democracy.</li><li>Characterize the changing impact of the media on U.S. politics.</li><li>Understand the Constitutional basis for civil liberties.</li><li>Outline the evolution of civil rights and civil rights movements.</li><li>Convey the general tenets of U.S. domestic policy.</li><li>Convey the general tenets of U.S. foreign policy.</li></ul>
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