•  Lower Dauphin School District

    Curriculum Guide

    Course Title: You and the Law
    Subject: Social Studies
    Grade Level(s): 10-12

     Synopsis of Curriculum

    You and the Law will explore the basic elements of United States’ society and how people interact with the law from a practical standpoint. Students will learn how to be actively engaged citizens in their communities through the skills and knowledge of local, regional , state, and  federal  government.  Exploration of legal obligations,  responsibilities , and citizen rights will allow students to discover  why  rules  and laws exist.

    Students will investigate the services and resources offered to citizens through electronic government resources. The course will stress a collaborative approach with the community and government, encouraging students to communicate with officials especially on the local level. Students will gain an understanding of the roles government officials play in their communities  by  interaction  and knowledge  of the system.


    Units of Study Titles

    1. Citizenship: Rights, Responsibilities, and Legal Obligations, Process of Citizenship
    2. Local Laws and Government Ordinances and Zoning Permits

                Townships and Boroughs

                School Boards and Education

                Municipal Services and Taxes

           3. County Laws and Government

                Licenses, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, etc.

                Elections and Registration Services, Emergency, Housing, Domestic, etc.

                Commonwealth Laws and Government Transportation

                Local Representatives - state government

                Insurance Requirements

                State Agencies (selected)

                Pennsylvania and Dauphin County Juvenile and Criminal Justice System

                Criminal Law

                Pre-trial, trial, and sentencing

                District Attorney's Office Sheriff

                Consumer Protection and Law

                Federal Laws and Government