Basic Level: Be able to . . .
- Define what public policy is and describe several examples.
- Define domestic, economic, and foreign policies and describe examples of each.
- Identify and explain the various forces that shape public policy.
Advanced Understanding: Be able to . . .
- Analyze the pros and cons of a current policy and determine the reasons to support one side or the other while identifying a logical reason for one or more interest or lobby groups to support the same side of the issue.
- Analyze the effects of one or more policy issue and how it has made an impact on United States.
- Determine whether public policy is shaped more as a result of a pluralist environment or an elite environment in the United States using persuasive points to support your argument.
- Analyze previous U.S. foreign policy decisions and persuasively argue the positive or negative consequences that have resulted.
Chapter Learning Goals
Chapter 16: Domestic Policy
- Explain the stages of the policy-making process in US. Government (16.1)
- Explain the history of health care policy in the U.S. (16.2)
- Explain the history of environmental policy in the U.S. (16.2)
- Explain the history of education policy in the U.S. (16.3)
- Explain current energy and environmental policy in the U.S. (16.4)
- Explain challenges facing the future of domestic policy in the U.S. (16.5)
Chapter 17: Economic Policy
- Develop a time-line tracing historical eras of U. S. economic policy. (17.1)
- Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. fiscal policy. (17.2)
- Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. monetary policy. (17.3)
- Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. income security policy. (17.4)
- Explain the role of fiscal, monetary, and income security policy as they are applied to economic recession and recovery. (7.5)
Chapter 18: Foreign & Defense Policy
- Summarize different periods of defense policy over the history of the U.S. (18.1)
- Explain foreign policy as the U.S. became a world power. (18.2)
- Explain the factors that are considered in shaping foreign and defense policy. (18.3)
- Explain and rate the defense and foreign policy challenges facing the United States. (18.4 & 18.5)
Vocabulary Terms & Concepts
Clean Air Act of 1970
Clean Water Act of 1972
No Child Left Behind
Board of Governors (Fed Reserve)
Gross domestic product
Non-means tested program
Open market operations
Social Security Act
Cuban Missile Crisis
free trade system
General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
UN Security Council
World Trade Organization (WTO)