Social Studies - 2018-19

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

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

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 philosophies.

ESSENTIALS

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.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 22, 2017