Social Studies - 2017-18
GOVT.2e - Natural rights philosophies expressed in the Declaration of Independence
The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States
constitutional government by
e) analyzing the natural rights philosophies expressed in the Declaration of Independence
Big Themes/Concepts: Origins, Power & Authority, Rights, Equality
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 Declaration of Independence is an
expression of natural rights
Natural rights philosophies of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau expressed in the Declaration of Independence
- Rousseau believed that all men are equal.
- Locke believed that government is based on an agreement between people and their rulers (social contract). He felt that
people have the right to life, liberty, and property.