Social Studies - 2017-18
GOVT.2a - Political Philosophies
The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States
constitutional government by
a) describing the development of Athenian democracy and the Roman republic to differentiate between a democracy and a republic
Big Themes/Concepts: Origins
How does a country's political origins impact how it operates today?
How does the Constitution reflect the times in which it was written?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The United States constitutional system
incorporates democratic elements that
were developed in Athens and Rome.
Democratic elements of the United States constitutional system borrowed from Athens and Rome
Athens: Direct democracy
Rome: Indirect (representative) democracy, republic