Political Science - Notes


I. American Government

A. Fields of Study- Curriculum, Why Study Government


1. Constitutional

        a. Framework And Origins

            1) Articles Of Confederation - In full

Sparknotes- Articles of Confederation
            2) Declaration of Independence

aa. Document - In full

Sparknotes- Declaration of Independence

            3) Principles Of The Constitution

aa. Document - In full

bb. Checks And Balances  

Sparknotes- Constitution
                    cc. Supporting documents

                        1) Federalist Papers - Theory Of Federalism

aa. Federalist 51- Checks And Balances

bb. Federalist 78- Roles Of The Judiciary

Sparknotes- Federalist Papers
2. Federal Government

        a. Executive Branch

            1) Presidency

                aa. Specific Presidents

1} The White House

2) Cabinet

b. Legislative Branch

            1) Congress

                aa. House of Representatives

                bb. Senate

            2) Legislative process

                aa. How a Bill becomes a law

        c. Judicial Branch

            1) Supreme Court

                aa. Cases

3. State Government - States Rights

a. Executive

b. Legislative

c. Judicial

d. Recent California Initiatives

4. Local Government

a. Structure

5. Political Parties - Summary

a. Definition


b. All major political parties

1) Democrats

2) Republicans

3) Third Parties

4) Interest Groups

c. Comparative systems

1) Capitalism

2) Communism

3) Socialism
 
d. Political Action Committees

1) Reform
 
e. Ideology

1) Conservatives

2) Moderates

3) Liberals

6. Political Culture

a. Public

1) Participation

2) Electoral History

3) Major Campaigns


aa. Realignments

1. 1776

2. 1860

3. 1912-1916

4. 1932

5. 1968

6. 1974

7. 1980

8. 1992

9. 1994

10. 2008

bb. Media

cc. Bureaucracy

dd. War

1. Revolutionary War

2. War of 1812

3. Mexican American War

4. Civil War

5. Spanish American War

6. World War I

7. World War II

8. Korean War

9. Vietnam War

10. Cold War

11. Persian Gulf

12. September 11, 2001

13. War On Terror

 
7. Current Events and Issues

B. Projects

 
C. Assignments

1. Debates - Contemporary Issues

2. Lyrical Interpretations - Individual Songs/Artists