Civics Course Outline Sample

Proceeding to digitize my notes today though I wish I had been more careful with noting down bibliographic information as an undergraduate student:

Government Course Outline A

Unit I. Nature of Democratic Government

A. Government of the people, by the people, for the people (theory of democracy)
B. Origins of the Constitution
C. Major Features of the Constitution

    1. Powers
    2. Check-and-balance system
    3. Amendment Process

Unit II. Organization of National Government

A. Legislative Branch

    1. How Congress is organized
    2. How laws are passed/made

B. Executive Branch

    1. Powers of the President
    2. Organization of the Cabinet and Administrative Agencies

C. Judicial Branch and Civil Rights

    1. Organization of court system
    2. Courtroom and judicial procedures
    3. Civil liberties and civil rights

D. Independent and Regulatory Agencies

Unit III. Elections and Political Parties

A. Organization of political parties
B. Election laws and voter qualifications

Unit IV. Local Government

A. History and Decentralization
B. Power and Responsibility
C. Mechanisms of Direct Democracy

    1. Recall
    2. Referendum
    3. Initiative
    4. PO/NGO

D. Metropolitan Areas
E. Barangay

    1. Barangay Judicial System
    2. Sangguniang Kabataan

Unit V. Financing Governments

A. Government Revenues


B. Government Expenditures

>General Appropriations Act

Unit VI. Government Programs Examined

A. Economic Program


B. Social Services


C. International Relations

>United Nations, et cetera

Government Course Outline B

I. Levels of Government

Organizing Idea: We have many governments to serve us.

A. Division of power and responsibility

    1. LGUs; powers and activities
    2. National government, powers and activities

B. How the powers are divided

II. Policy Making

Organizing Idea: Legislative process is similar at all levels of government.

A. Local legislative councils [Ordinances]
B. Congress [Republic Acts]

III. Court System

Organizing Idea: Judiciary operates through an organized court system.

IV. Citizens Influence Government

Citizens have several ways to influence government in a democracy.

A. Public opinion (legitimacy), propaganda, pressure groups

B. Election machinery

    1. Political party
    2. Party list

C. Mechanisms of direct democracy at the local government level

    1. Recall
    2. Referendum
    3. Initiative
    4. NGO/PO

V. Government Programs

Organizing Idea: Governments work for a better life in the national and local communities.

A. Health and Safety
B. Natural Resources
C. Economy
D. Socio-economic Welfare


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