Woll, “Constitutional Democracy and Bureaucratic Power” pp. 298 – 301
Current event articles pertaining to the 2012 Fiscal Cliff Showdown
Free Response Question #12 – Why is the Civil Service Important?
Unit Fourteen: (April 8 – 16)
The Federal Courts: the courts offer Americans a unique and informal means by which to influence change in government policy, however, this process is long and cumbersome but offers an adversarial system by which two people can bring their conflict to an independent arbiter to come to a resolution. This system allows for justice to reveal itself trough the proper channel of the law and codes of the nation. The courts have played, and continue to play, a major part in the political process because of the many differences and values of legislators and people in the United States. This offers a unique opportunity to analyze different cases and seminal moments of the court and how they have shifted the political spectrum of the United States. At the culmination of this unit, students will be able to identify the basic elements of the American judicial system and the major participants in it, outline the structure of the federal court system and the major responsibilities of each component, explain the process by which judges and justices are nominated and confirmed, describe the backgrounds of judges and justices and assess the impact of background on their decisions, outline the judicial process at the Supreme Court level and assess the major factors influencing decisions and their implementation, trace the Supreme Court’s use of judicial review in major policy battles in various eras of American history, and assess the role of unelected courts and the scope of judicial power in American democracy.