Alaska Statutory Mandates:

 4 AAC 06.075, High School Graduation Requirements
(b) “Specific subject area units-of-credit requirements must be set out in each district plan and must require that, before graduation, a student must have completed: (2) social studies – three units of credit.”
(d)“Beginning January 1, 2009, the three units of credit in social studies required under (b)(2) of this section must include one-half unit of credit in Alaska history or demonstration that the student meets the Alaska history performance ”


Alaska Content Standards

Government and Citizenship

  • A student should know and understand how societies define authority, rights, and responsibilities though a governmental process.
    • A student who meets the content standard should:
      • Understand the necessity and purpose of government.
      • Understand the meaning of fundamental ideas, including equality, authority, power, freedom, justice, privacy, property, responsibility and sovereignty;
      • Understand how nations organize their governments; and
      • Compare and contrast how different societies have governed themselves over time and in different places.
  • A student should understand the constitutional foundations of the American political system and the democratic ideals of this nation.
    • A student who meets the content standard should:
      • Understand the ideals of this nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights;
      • Recognize American heritage and culture, including the republican form of government, capitalism, free enterprise system, patriotism, strong family units, and freedom of religion;
      • Understand the United States Constitution, including separation of powers, the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, majority rule, and minority rights;
      • Know how power is shared in the United States’ constitutional government at the federal, state and local levels;
      • Understand the importance of individuals, public opinion, media, political parties, associations, and groups in forming and carrying out public policy;
      • Recognize the significance of diversity in the American political system;
      • Distinguish between constitution-based ideals and the reality of American political and social life;
      • Understand the place of law in the American political system; and
      • Recognize the role of dissent in the American political system.
  • A student should understand the role of the United States in international affairs
    • A student who meet the content standard should:
      • Analyze how domestic politics, the principles of the United States Constitution, foreign policy, and economics affect relations with other countries.
  • A student should have the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as an informed and responsible citizen.
    • A student who meets the content standard should:
      • Know the important characteristics of citizenship;
      • Recognize that it is important for citizens to fulfill their public responsibilities;
      • Exercise political participation by discussing public issues, building consensus, becoming involved in political parties and political campaigns, and voting;
      • Establish, explain, and apply criteria useful in evaluating rules and laws;
      • Establish, explain, and apply criteria useful in selecting political leaders;
      • Recognize the value of community service; and
      • Implement ways of solving problems and resolving conflicts.