Social Studies - 2019-20

CE.2a - Fundamental Political Principles

The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by

a) explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government;

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Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Fundamental political principles define and shape American constitutional government.

ESSENTIALS

Fundamental political principles

 Consent of the governed: Citizens give authority to the government in exchange for the protection of their rights.

 Limited government: Government is not all-powerful and may do only those things the people have given it the power to do.

 Rule of law: Everyone, including government officials, must follow the law.

 Democracy: In a democratic system of government, the people rule.

 Representative government: In a representative system of government, the people elect public office holders to make laws and conduct government on the people’s behalf.


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 16, 2018