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Government Syllabus

The Course:

Combining a study of American government and politics with an in-depth study of an Individual’s rights under the Constitution, this course involves discussion, problem solving, and role playing simulations. The South Carolina Social Studies Standards will serve as a guide for the content of the course.


Required Materials:

  • Text Book: Magruder’s American Government
  • A notebook that has a three-ring binder that allows papers to be added or taken out.
  • Abundant Supply of Loose Leaf paper.
  • All handouts and completed assignments.
  • A pencil and a blue or black pen.


Contact Information:

  • Email: aflowers@wiliston.k12.sc.us  
  • Phone: 803-266-3110 (Office) 803-266-8035 (Classroom)
  • Website: http://www.williston.k12.sc.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=86
  • Room Number and Planning Periods: Room 133, 4th Block Planning


World Wide Web Resources are located at:





  • Daily Grades                           30% of nine weeks average

                                                    (Includes homework, class work, and class participation)


  • Major Grades                          50% of nine weeks average

       (Includes tests and projects)


  • Final Exam                              20% of quarter average. Seniors with at least a 93 average                                                                                                   may choose to exempt the exam.



Attendance and Make-up work:

Students should follow the procedures for attendance that are outlined in their handbooks. Government is a quarter course, therefore; students are not allowed to miss more than three days. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student. All work, including tests, will expire at the end of the quarter. If the work is not made up by the expiration date, then a zero will be given as a grade.  Test corrections will be allowed at the discretion of the teacher. Tardiness will not be accepted. Students should show up to class on time or they will be marked tardy unless they have a pass. Tutoring will be available to students on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm.


Classroom Rules:

  1. Follow all instructions given by the teacher.
  2. Students are to be seated in their desks when the bell rings and to begin on work given by the teacher.
  3. Bring all required materials to class everyday.
  4. Remain respectful at all times.
  5. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student and will not be discussed during class.
  6. At the end of the class, students are to remain seated until they are dismissed by the teacher.


Overall Process and Learning Goals:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of United States government-its origins and functions.
  2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of the American republic—its basic democratic principles and its political systems.
  3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the continuing role of the United States Constitution in the defining and shaping of American government and society.
  4. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the United States’ relations with other nation-states and its role in world affairs.
  5. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the concept of personal and civic rights and responsibilities and the role of the citizen in American democracy.



Course Timeline-Approximate timeline of covered topics. Teacher reserves the right to deviate from the timeline if necessary.




One-Foundations of Government

Foundations of American Government,

Forms of Government,

Basic Concepts of Government, Creating and Ratifying the Constitution, Basic Principles of the Constitution, Amending the Constitution, Federalism

1.1, 1.2,1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,3.1, 3.3, 3.4

Two-Legislative Branch

Role of interest groups,

Organization and function of the House of Representatives,

Organization and function of the Senate,

Role of Committees in Congress,

Process of how a bill becomes a law.

1.3, 3.2, 4.4

Three-Executive Branch

Nominating and Election Process,

Roles of the President,

Presidential Powers and Limitations,

Duties of the Federal Bureaucracy,

Government Taxing and Spending,

Foreign and Domestic Policy

1.4, 3.2, 4.3, 4.4

Four-Judicial Branch

Role and structure of the National Judiciary

Function of the Supreme Court

Function of the Inferior Courts

Function of the Special Courts

1.4, 3.2

Five-Government By The People

Role of Political Parties in American Government

Voting and Voting Behavior

The Election Process

Role of Public Opinion

Role of Mass Media

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Six-Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Basic Freedoms

Impact of the Bill of Rights

First Amendment freedoms and their limitations

Due Process and the Rights of the Accused

Civil Rights Legislation

Naturalization Process

2.5, 4.5, 4.6

Seven-State and Local Governments

Organization of State and Local Governments

Financing State and Local Governments

Duties of State and Local Governments