Social Studies - 2019-20

GOVT.3a, b, c, d, e - Concepts of Democracy

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of democracy by 

a) recognizing the fundamental worth and dignity of the individual; 

b) recognizing the equality of all citizens under the law; 

c) recognizing majority rule and minority rights; 

d) recognizing the necessity of compromise; 

e) recognizing the freedom of the individual. 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Big Themes/Concepts: Power & Authority, Order vs. Chaos

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Concepts of democracy define and shape the meaning of U.S. citizenship. 

ESSENTIALS

Fundamental concepts of democracy 

• Fundamental worth and dignity of the individual: All persons are entitled to life, liberty, and due process under the law. 

• Equality: All persons are entitled to equal rights and treatment under the law. 

• Majority rule: The will of the majority as expressed through elections is fundamental to the American system. 

• Minority rights: The Constitution of the United States protects the rights of the few from oppression. 

• Compromise: The structure of the United States government necessitates compromise by all sides. 

• Individual freedom: All persons are born free, equal, and independent. An analysis of current events demonstrates contemporary applications of these democratic concepts. 

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 22, 2017