Social Studies - 2019-20

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

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

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.

ESSENTIALS

Democratic elements of the United States constitutional system borrowed from Athens and Rome 

 Athens: Direct democracy 

 Rome: Indirect (representative) democracy, republic

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jul 11, 2017