COMPETENCY GOAL 3: The learner will analyze political parties, elections, interest groups, and mass
3.01 Trace the development and impact of political parties in the United States.
(c) Ideological and demographic differences between the two major parties
(d) Implications of the two-party system
(e) Impact of third parties
Effects on the political process
3.02 Understand the operation and evaluate the role of elections in American
(a) Current electoral laws including campaign finance
(b) Nomination process
(d) Workings and implications of the electoral college
3.03 Investigate the
role and effects of interest groups and political action committees.
(a) Range of interests represented
Activities and appeal of interest groups and lobbyists within certain demographics
(c) Ability of interest
groups to exert pressure on political institutions to influence policy
(d) Unique characteristics and roles
of Political Action Committees (PACs) in the political process
3.04 Evaluate the role of the mass media in the
(a) Functions and structures of the media
(b) Impact of the media on public
(c) Use of the media by political campaigns
GOAL 4: The learner will examine and understand the institutions of national government: the Congress.
Examine the Constitutional framework for this institution.
4.02 Explain the legislative process.
4.03 Evaluate the informal institutional arrangements of power within Congress.
4.04 Analyze the linkages
between Congress and the following:
(a) Public opinion and voters.
(b) Interest groups
(d) The media
(e) State and local governments
Understand the relationship of Congress to the Presidency, Judiciary, and Bureaucracy and their varying balances of power.