General Description: This course is designed to prepare students to fulfill their role as citizens in a democratic society. Students study the rights and responsibilities of citizens addressed in the Washington State and United States Constitutions, along with the ideal and principles of democracy and constitutional government. They examine federal, state and local government organization and procedures, as well as how political systems in the U.S. operate and interact. In addition, students analyze current issues addressed at each level of government and electoral issues related to elections, ballot measures, initiatives, and referenda. Students will also learn about economics systems, sustainability and human interaction with the environment. They develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate what they have learned in a student-directed civics project.


  • Foundations of American Government
  • Institution of American Government
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Civic Action


  • Analysis of primary documents
  • Discussion
  • Active engagement
  • Application project

Equipment to be provided by Student: None

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: