U.S. Government and Politics

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Unit 1 Constitutional Foundations

0 Course Introduction 02:22

This is the introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

1 Lesson 1 American Democracy 12:55

These lessons focus on systems of government and politics and the policymaking process. Traditional democracy theory and the functions of governments are introduced and provide the basis for understanding the policy-making process. The role of citizens in the system is emphasized as the foundation for democratic governance. 

2 Lesson 2 American Democracy 10:33

This is Lesson 2 on the topic American Democracy

3 Lesson 3 American Democracy 18:08

This is Lesson 3 on the topic American Democracy

4 Review of Topic American Democracy Topic 1 19:34

Video Review of Topic American Democracy with Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

5 Lesson 1 The Constitution 25:01

These lessons on the topic the Constitution provide historical context for the creation of the Constitution. The influence of Enlightenment thinkers' beliefs about the nature of man and the purpose of government and the founding fathers' understandings of good governance as well as elitist attitudes are examined. As a blueprint for the United States government, knowing and understanding the Constitution is essential to understanding American government. 

6 Lesson 2 The Constitution 12:34

This is Lesson 2 on the topic The Constitution

7 Review of Topic The Constitution 26:00

Video Review of Topic Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

8 Lesson 1 Federalism 13:44

Federalism describes the relationship be the federal government and state and local governments. This relationship has changed significantly over the decades moving from distinct and separate duties and responsibilities for the national and state governments to one of interdependence in many areas in delivering and managing policy for citizens. 

9 Lesson 2 Federalism 11:48

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic of Federalism

10 Lesson 3 Federalism 16:50

This is the last video on the Topic Federalism.

11 Review of Topic Federalism and Unit Test Review 17:51

Video Review of Topic Federalism Vocabulary Terms and Review of Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

Unit 2 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

12 Lesson 1 Civil Liberties 11:16

This is Lesson 1 on Topic Civil Liberties

13 Lesson 2 Civil Liberties 21:40

This is Lesson 2 on Topic Civil Liberties

14 Lesson 3 Civil Liberties 22:39

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Civil Liberties

15 Lesson 4 Civil Liberties 17:22

This is Lesson 4 on the Topic Civil Liberties

16 Lesson 5 Civil Liberties 23:03

This is Lesson 5 on the Topic Civil Liberties

17 Lesson 6 Civil Liberties 21:28

This is Lesson 6 on the Topic Civil Liberties

18 Review of Topic Civil Liberties 20:35

Video Review of Topic Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

19 Lesson 1 Civil Rights 20:11

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic Civil Rights

20 Lesson 2 Civil Rights 15:36

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Civil Rights

21 Lesson 3 Civil Rights 11:41

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Civil Rights

22 Lesson 4 Civil Rights 20:23

This is Lesson 4 on the Topic Civil Rights

23 Lesson 5 Civil Rights 18:58

This is Lesson 5 on the Topic Civil Rights

24 Review of Topic Civil Rights and Unit Test Review 22:07

Video Review of Topic Civil Rights Vocabulary and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

Unit 3 Political Beliefs and Behaviors

25 Lesson 1 Public Opinion 14:43

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic Public Opinion

26 Lesson 2 Public Opinion 19:01

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Public Opinion

27 Lesson 3 Public Opinion 11:17

Picture of Lesson 3 Public Opinion This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Public Opinion

28 Review of Topic Public Opinion 13:27

Video Review of Topic Public Opinion Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

29 Lesson 1 Voters and Voting Behavior 24:14

This is Lesson 1 of Topic Voters and Voting Behavior

30 Lesson 2 Voters and Voting Behavior 18:37

This is Lesson 2 on Topic Voters and Voting Behavior

31 Review of Topic Voters and Voter Behavior 26:22

Review of Topic Voters and Voter Behavior and Unit Test Review

Unit 4 Linkage Institutions

32 Lesson 1 Campaigns & Elections 20:21

Lesson 1 on the Topic Campaigns and Elections

33 Lesson 2 Campaigns and Elections 23:44

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Campaigns and Elections

34 Lesson 3 Campaigns and Elections 22:04

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Campaigns and Elections

35 Review of Topic Campaigns and Elections 23:52

Video Review of Topic Campaigns and Elections Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

36 Lesson 1 Mass Media 21:20

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic Mass Media

37 Lesson 2 Mass Media 10:21

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Mass Media

38 Lesson 3 Mass Media 13:44

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Mass Media

39 Lesson 4 Mass Media 13:46

This is Lesson 4 on the Topic Mass Media

40 Review of Topic Mass Media 25:09

Video Review of Topic Mass Media Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

41 Lesson 1 Interest Groups 21:53

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic Interest Groups

42 Lesson 2 Interest Groups 21:09

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Interest Groups

43 Review of Topic Interest Groups 23:21

Video Review of Topic Interest Groups Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

44 Lesson 1 Political Parties 09:04

This is Lesson 1 on Topic Political Parties

45 Lesson 2 Political Parties 18:48

This is Lesson 2 on Topic Political Parties

46 Lesson 3 Political Parties 13:19

This is Lesson 3 on Topic Political Parties

47 Lesson 4 Political Parties 11:39

This is Lesson 4 on the Topic Political Parties

48 Political Parties and Unit 4 Review 27:47

Review of Topic Political Parties and Unit Test Review

Unit 5 Institutions of Government

49 Lesson 1 Congress 23:05

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic Congress

50 Lesson 2 Congress 18:30

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic Congress

51 Lesson 3 Congress 07:56

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic Congress

52 Review of Topic Congress 28:34

Video Review of Topic Congress with Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

53 Lesson 1 The Presidency 23:30

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic The Presidency

54 Lesson 2 The Presidency 23:12

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic The Presidency

55 Lesson 3 The Presidency 23:07

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic The Presidency

56 Review of Topic The Presidency 31:36

Video Review of the Topic The Presidency Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

57 Lesson 1 The Federal Courts 21:55

This is Lesson 1 The Federal Courts

58 Lesson 2 The Federal Courts 26:28

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic The Federal Courts

59 Lesson 3 The Federal Courts 21:31

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic The Federal Courts

60 Lesson 4 The Federal Courts 15:01

This is Lesson 4 on the Topic The Federal Courts

61 Review of Topic The Federal Courts 19:40

Video Review of Topic The Federal Courts Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

62 Lesson 1 The Federal Bureaucracy 20:58

This is Lesson 1 on the Topic The Federal Bureaucracy

63 Lesson 2 The Federal Bureaucracy 21:38

This is Lesson 2 on the Topic The Federal Bureaucracy

64 Lesson 3 The Federal Bureaucracy 27:38

This is Lesson 3 on the Topic The Federal Bureaucracy

65 Review of Topic The Federal Bureaucracy 21:42

Video Review of Topic The Federal Bureaucracy Vocabulary Terms and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

66 Review for Final Exam 04:23

This video is a Review for the Final Exam

Course Description

United States Government and Politics Course. This complete U.S. Government and Politics course is comparable with the one required by many states in the United States for high school graduation. Students typically take a U.S. government course in their junior or senior year and is a requirement of high school graduation. This course exceeds the curriculum requirements for a U.S. civics course by going beyond the rudiments of the Constitution and functions of the three branches of government to include the in depth coverage of the interactions between the branches and more importantly, the processes by which the people can link to their government through elections, the media, political parties, and interest groups. The politics component is discussed throughout the lessons without any partisan bias and demonstrates the messy and challenging elements of a functioning government. Political events, past and present will be incorporated to help emphasize the actual mechanisms of the government as the constitutional system, practical norms, and political processes are put into practice.

Course Goals

Upon course completion, students should be prepared to successfully pass any state mandated End of Course Exam for U.S. Government. Completion of the course will also provide more than adequate background knowledge to excel in an introductory American Government college course.

Target Audience

This video-course is primarily intended for Grade 11 and 12 high school students,however,it may be appropriate for any high school student with above average reading and comprehension skills. The difficultly level of this course is medium to medium-hard.

Course Requirements

Students taking this course are expected to have above average high school reading and comprehension skills. Introduction to and basic understanding of the content covered in most junior high or middle school civics courses may be helpful but is not required.

Course Includes

  • Over 20 Hours of Video!
  • 50 Video Lessons
  • 40 Lesson Quizzes
  • 17 Topic Review Videos
  • 15 Vocabulary Quizzes
  • 15 Topic Quizzes
  • 5 Unit Tests
  • 1 Final Exam
  • Answer "keys" to all quizzes and tests (Additional Resources for Parents)

Course Topics 

  • Introduction
  • American Democracy
  • The Constitution
  • Federalism
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights
  • Public Opinion
  • Voters and Voting Behavior
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Mass Media
  • Interest Groups
  • Political Parties
  • Congress
  • The Presidency
  • The Federal Courts
  • The Federal Bureaucracy
  • Final Exam
  • Teacher: Michelle
  • Areas of expertise: Political Science, Government
  • Education: Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Interests: Traveling, reading, listening to jazz music
  • Skills: Curriculum Development
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  • Issues I care about: Educational attainment for underserved populations; environmental sustainability

I have been teaching for over twenty years. In that time, I have discovered what I enjoy most about teaching is helping students recognize their potential. One of the best things about teaching is that I am able to keep learning new things about people and the world.

Keys for Lesson Quizzes

Keys for Lesson Quizzes

Answer Keys for Assessments Unit 1 Constitutional Foundations

Keys for Lesson, Vocabulary,Topic Quizzes and Unit 1 Test

Answer Keys for Assessments Unit 2 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Keys for Vocabulary and Topic Quizzes and Unit 2 Test

Answer Keys for Assessments Unit 3 Political Beliefs & Behaviors

Keys for Vocabulary and Topic Quizzes and Unit 3 Test

Answer Keys for Assessments Unit 4 Linkage Institutions

Keys for Vocabulary and Topic Quizzes and Unit 4 Test

Answer Keys for Assessments Unit 5 Institutions of Government

Keys for Vocabulary and Topic Quizzes, Unit 5 Test, and Final Exam

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