This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of the authority, structure and procedure of American government. Major topics include the constitutional foundation, the politics of democracy and the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches in the federal system. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. In addition, students should develop the skills of inquiry and research necessary to interpret and make judgements regarding government actions in a complex society and world. Contemporary events, as they relate to course topics, are discussed through the year. Credit achieved for this course meets state graduation requirements.