Political Identity, American Democracy and Civil Engagement (MSON) (History/Social Science Elective; US)

Fall; Grades 11–12
Prerequisite: None
Taught by: Waynflete School

Political Identity, American Democracy, and Civic Engagement is a study of our political beliefs and behaviors, the American form of democracy, and what it means to be an engaged citizen. Students will learn how individual citizens form a political identity and how those identities form the foundation of US political culture. We will look at the unique form of government found in the United States and have an opportunity to get involved with contemporary politics in an election year. We will pay particular attention to federalism, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.

The course takes advantage of the broad geographic diversity inherent in the Malone School Online Network to experience how political ideology and perspectives on democracy differ in various parts of the country. In this course, special emphasis will be placed on engaging in respectful conversation across the political divide.


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