Enroll in Civics with Dolphin STEM Academy
A citizen is a person who is legally recognized by a state and entitled to the state’s rights and
privileges. Civics is the study of the rights and duties of such a person. One of the best ways to
understand your rights and duties as a citizen is to study the government that defines and
upholds them. In Civics A, you will learn about politics and government, and you’ll analyze
democracy which is the system of government used in the United States. Finally, you will
examine the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. Government. A course in
Civics teaches you how to actively participate in governance and how you can help improve the
quality of governance at all levels.
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Understand the terms power, authority, government, and public goods.
Know the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on those who govern and those
who are governed.
Analyze a variety of economic issues, including growth of labor unions and farming issues.
Compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems.
Identify different methods of filling public offices at national, state, and local levels.
Evaluate how the federal government serves the purposes set forth by the U.S. Constitution.
Describe the processes by which the U.S. Constitution can be changed.
Explain how certain provisions of the Constitution provide for checks and balances among
the three branches of government.
Analyze the structure of the legislative branch of government, including the role of
committees and the procedure for enacting laws.
Analyze the structure of the executive branch of government, including the constitutional
powers of the president and the role of the Cabinet.
Explain the process for electing the president of the United States.
Understand the role of the Supreme Court and the structure and jurisdiction of the federal
Summarize the issues, decisions, and significance of landmark Supreme Court cases.
Understand the meanings behind a variety of legal terms.