Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Important Information

Before you begin your course, please read the student handbook. It contains valuable information about our policies and procedures. If you have taken an online course with IU High School before, either on the old Dragon system or IU's Oncourse system, you will find that many procedures, including those for processing assignments, applying for exams, and checking on grades, have changed with the adoption of Canvas.

Unless otherwise specified, all exams are still proctored. Refer to the exam tips lessons and the student handbook for specific information about arranging to take your examinations.

We encourage you to use the Making a Schedule form to create a study schedule that will match your personal needs.

Useful Resources

The IUHS Help Portal has links to helpful information and learning resources that may help you do better in this course.

Tips for Success in Independent Study Courses is a printable document that contains in-depth advice about managing your time and studying course materials.

We strongly encourage you to read the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, which provides regulations governing the actions and interactions of all members of the university community.

Obtaining Textbooks

The following textbook is required for this course:

McClenaghan, William A. Magruder’s American Government. Needham, Mass: Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN 9780131816763

How to obtain your textbook.

Course Outline

Please complete and submit the student information form, found in the Assignments page.

If this is your first course in Canvas, please review these tips for getting started and explore the Student Tutorial .

Introduction: Be sure to read the course introduction before beginning any lessons.

Lesson 1: Foundations of American Government
Lesson 1 Assignment

Lesson 2: The Constitution and Federalism
Lesson 2 Assignment

Lesson 3: Political Behavior—Government by the People
Lesson 3 Assignment

Lesson 4: The Electoral Process, Mass Media, and Interest Groups
Lesson 4 Assignment

Lesson 5: Midterm Exam Tips
Exam Application
Midterm Exam

Lesson 6: The Legislative Branch
Lesson 6 Assignment

Lesson 7: The Executive Branch
Lesson 7 Assignment

Lesson 8: The Judicial Branch
Lesson 8 Assignment

Lesson 9: Participating in State and Local Government
Lesson 9 Assignment

Lesson 10: Final Exam Tips
Course Evaluation - Please complete before applying for the Final Exam below. All responses are anonymous.
Exam Application
Final Exam


Course Summary:

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