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Social Studies Courses

American Government

Who should take this course?

American Government is a required course for all seniors. Interested students may take Participation in Government Through Civic Engagement H7VI in lieu of H7V.

What will we be studying?

American Government is a one term course that explores our system of government in order to show how democracy developed in the colonies. We will discuss the significance of the Declaration of Independence.

We will read through different articles as well discuss federalism, checks and balances, implied powers, delegated powers, The Bill of Rights, and civilian control of the military. Current events topics will be regularly used in class as examples. This course probably uses more current events than any other subject a Stuyvesant student will take. We will next move on to thorough discussions of Congress, the President and the Judicial branch. If it is a campaign year, we will have a class debate on the election. We will often debate such topics as abortion, capital punishment, affirmative action, or the budget in Congress.

What will be expected of me?

Daily reading and written assignments will be required. Social Studies classes demand discussion; students will be expected to share their views with other students in the class.

How is the course taught?

There are no lectures. Each lesson is taught as a discussion lesson. On occasion, teachers use mock trials, debates, small group work or guest speakers to vary their presentation.

What are the completion requirements?

Approximately six full-period examinations are scheduled. In addition, students have daily written homework, occasional quizzes, a departmental final examination, and a term paper/term project. Class discussion is also expected of every student.