Lower Dauphin School District
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
- Citizenship: Rights, Responsibilities, and Legal Obligations, Process of Citizenship
- Local Laws and Government Ordinances and Zoning Permits
Townships and Boroughs
School Boards and Education
Municipal Services and Taxes
Licenses, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, etc.
Elections and Registration Services, Emergency, Housing, Domestic, etc.
Commonwealth Laws and Government Transportation
Local Representatives - state government
State Agencies (selected)
Pennsylvania and Dauphin County Juvenile and Criminal Justice System
Pre-trial, trial, and sentencing
District Attorney's Office Sheriff
Consumer Protection and Law
Federal Laws and Government