GA High School Standards for Civics and Government:
SSCG1 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the political philosophies that shaped the development of United States constitutional government.
a. Analyze key ideas of limited government and the rule of law as seen in the Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, and the English Bill of Rights.
b. Analyze the writings of Hobbes (Leviathan), Locke (Second Treatise on Government), and Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws) as they affect our concept of government.
SSCG2 The student will analyze the natural rights philosophy and the nature of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
a. Compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence and the Social Contract Theory.
b. Evaluate the Declaration of Independence as a persuasive argument.
1. How is power gained, used, and justified (for good or bad)?
2. What are the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy (democratic republic)?
3. How do citizens (both individually and collectively influence government policy?
4. How have the beliefs and ideals found in our early government documents changed or remained the same through our country’s development?
This PowerPoint is mean to be used to facilitate interactive discussion over the basics of Social Contract Theory and it's relation to the creation and influence on the Declaration of Independence.