This course examines United States and world history using a broad interdisciplinary, thematic approach. Special emphasis is given to the United States Constitution and the evolution of government at the national, state, and local levels. Critical world issues are addressed through an examination of the role of the United States in a global community. Within each broad topic, students examine critical issues that have relevance over time, reflect on important decisions from the past, and develop understanding and meaning for present social policy and ideology. Students are expected to spend considerable time outside of class reading, reflecting, and preparing for in-class discussion and analysis, individual and cooperative group activities, and oral and written commentary on critical national and international issues facing all Americans.