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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks

Overview

Responsible citizenship means more than just paying taxes. It means understanding the principles and practices of government. It also means defining your beliefs as to what good government is. In this course, you will take on the role of a Washington D.C. intern and spend time working throughout the nation’s capital with all three branches of the government- and beyond. As you progress through the internship you will gain a greater understanding on the history of the country’s beginnings, and knowledge of how government functions at the local, state and national levels. This is a virtual experience and will not involve going to Washington, D.C., or actually interning.

The purpose of this course is to help you become an informed and active citizen. In part, the Constitution asserts that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” Make yours an informed consent.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Origins of Modern Government and Types of Government
  • Enlightenment Influences
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitution
  • Branches of Government, Checks and Balances and Federalism
  • Judicial Branch, the Court System, and the Supreme Court
  • The Amendments and the Bill of Rights
  • Jury Duty
  • Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Patriot Act
  • The Legislative Branch, Powers of Congress and Congressional Elections
  • Role of Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • The Executive Branch, Presidential Elections and the Cabinet
  • The Media and Politics
  • Foreign, Domestic and Economic Policy
  • Modern Day Presidents and Presidential Impeachment
  • State Governments and State Constitutions
  • Citizenship and the Rights and Responsibilities of United States Citizens
  • Voting Rights and Responsibilities
  • Function and Role of Local Governments

Career

Political Risk Analyst

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Foreign Policy:  Student will demonstrate an understanding of the United States’ role in world affairs by assessing foreign policy.

 

 

Project

You have been hired by a Risk Management Solutions company to be a Political Risk Analyst. As a Political Risk Analyst you will conduct independent, nonpartisan research on the foreign policy issues of two countries.  In addition, you will research U.S. foreign policies and examine the role of the United States in World Affairs.

You will be using what you learn about foreign policies in two countries to create a risk assessment report to advise a company planning to expand overseas.

Career

Immigration Specialist

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship:  Student will demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship by investigating the political processes and citizen involvement in local, state and national governments

 

 

Project

You are a new Immigration Specialist at a nonprofit organization.

Your job is to help new U.S. citizens understand their role as members of U.S. society.  A vital part of this process for new citizens is understanding their rights and responsibilities as a citizen at the local, state, and national level. You need to create a plan for this information to be communicated to new immigrants.  This can be in the form of a website, a plan for a workshop session, or a manual/study guide.

Your material will include clear explanations of the various rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. It will also need to detail local, state, and national political processes and how U.S. citizens are impacted by and can be involved in these.

Career

Communications Specialist

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Structure and Function of Government: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the organization and operation of United States and New Hampshire government at all levels including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches by analyzing relevant documents.

 

 

Project

You are a Communications Specialist working for one of the following:

  • A Civics Non Profit Organization (Example: Rock the Vote).
  • A Politician.
  • The NH election office.
  • The White House Office of Public Engagement.

Your task is to motivate citizens to vote (in general) by showing them how their vote can impact various aspects of the government. Your organization is focusing on educating the public about the value of their vote by tying it to how the government works in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches.  You need to explain what their vote does in those three branches, both in N.H. and the U.S. You will create a Public Service Announcement that informs and engages people to understand how their government works so that they’re more likely to participate in it by voting.

Career

Playwrite

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

The Nature and Purpose of Government:  Student will demonstrate an understanding of the nature and purpose of government and the fundamental ideals of the United States government by analyzing the political philosophy and practice of the United States Constitution and other relevant documents.

 

Project

You are a playwright  who is part of a team working on a Broadway show. It is a historically based play (or musical) that focuses on the Constitution and other documents and how these showcase the nature, purpose, and fundamental ideals of U.S. Government. You are tasked with creating a script for a scene of this play that re-enacts a discussion between founding fathers at the Constitutional Convention.

Status

Open

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Meets Government/Civics graduation requirement. Only the Experience option earns a badge.

Competencies

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship by describing the impact of active citizenship in a representative government, explaining natural and legal rights of citizens, and explaining the responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Foundations of the United States and New Hampshire Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of the United States and New Hampshire government by describing political philosophies of the founding documents, explaining the impact of perspectives on government and individual rights, and comparing the United States and the New Hampshire Constitution.
  • Legislative and Executive Branches of the United States and New Hampshire Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding the legislative and executive branches of the United States and New Hampshire government by explaining the organization and function of the legislative branches of the United States and New Hampshire, explaining the organization and function of the executive branches of the United States and New Hampshire, and describing the methods for citizens to impact public policy.
  • Judicial Branches of the United States and New Hampshire Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the organization and function of the judicial branches of the United States and New Hampshire government by explaining the organization and function of the United States and New Hampshire judicial branches and explaining the impact of the judicial branch on civil rights and universal human rights.

Pre-Requisites

None

Honors

Course: To complete the honors version of this offering, you must discuss this with your instructor during your welcome call.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.