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.
Big Themes/Concepts: Power & Authority, Order vs. Chaos
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Concepts of democracy define and
shape the meaning of U.S. citizenship.
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.