Government




The Northwest High Magnet government strand gives students an introduction to government theory, management and lawmaking at the local, state, and federal levels. Through both classroom instruction and practical experience, students gain valuable skills that can serve them throughout their college and working years.

Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO LAW, GOVERNMENT, AND INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY
In this magnet introductory course, freshmen will explore the areas of law, government, and international diplomacy. This course is a survey-style course where students gain introductory knowledge of the magnet themes.

AP
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
The purpose of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
This full-year Advanced Placement course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.

CULTURE & SOCIAL CHANGE
This course explores race and ethnic relations in a global context, while extensively covering groups and issues in the United States focusing on social change.

TRIAL PRACTICE & ADVOCACY
Trial Practice & Advocacy examines the differences between bench and jury trials, the trial process, and the respective roles of the attorney and paralegal in the trial preparation processes.

LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
This course will explore the five pathways of law: public safety and security, correction services, emergency/fire, security and protective services, and law enforcement/legal services. The course will also include an overview of the legal system, the history and origins of our legal system, and the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the law.

INTRODUCTION TO LAW
This course includes an overview of the fields of law and their history, the areas of law applicable to the legal assistant, basic legal principles, legal terminology, the judicial system, legislation, criminal law, civil procedures and the elements of a trial. Metro Community College dual credit is available.

INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
This course is an overview of the history, development and philosophies of crime control within a democratic society. It examines the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the police, the prosecution and the defense, the courts and the correctional agencies. Metro Community College dual credit is available.

THE CONSTITUTION
This course focuses on some of the great issues that confront policy makers and citizens of the United States. The framework for study is the United States Constitution. Topics covered include: Executive Privilege/Delegation of Powers, War Powers and Covert Action, Nomination, Election, and Succession of the President, Criminal Justice and a Defendant’s Right to a Fair Trial, Crime and Insanity, Crime and Punishments, Campaign Spending, National Security and Freedom of the Press, School Prayer, Gun Control, Right to Assemble, Right to Live, Right to Die, Immigration Reform, Affirmative Action and Federalism. Metro Community College dual credit is available.

FIRE CHEMISTRY
The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the chemistry of fires with emphasis on chemical reactions. Included are the reactions and agents that produce and suppress fires.

THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT & CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS
This course will introduce students to the Civil Rights movement in the United States, including legislation, Supreme Court cases and organized efforts to abolish public and private acts of discrimination. Coursework will include study of the abolitionist movement, the Dred Scott case, and the unresolved issues of the Reconstruction era. Students will also study the system of Jim Crow, disenfranchisement, and second class citizenship that degraded the citizenship rights of African Americans. Further, students will study the amendments to the Constitution, the legislation, and the Civil Rights cases that have impacted race relations in the United States.

THE HISTORY OF LAW AND CONSTITUTIONALISM
This course will introduce students to the history of law and Western constitutionalism. Coursework will include study of the ancient law codes, including the Code of Hammurabi, Hebraic law, the law givers of Athens and Sparta and the history of Roman law. Students will also study the elements and philosophies of the Western Tradition that have led to democracy, individual freedom and free market capitalism that have become the basis for the United States’ constitutional republic.

EVIDENCE
This is a comprehensive course covering the rules governing the introduction, collection, and presentation of evidence in judicial proceedings. Attention is focused on the Nebraska Evidence Rules, and the general principles of the common law of evidence. Areas of Concentration: Evidence Collection, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SERVICE LEARNING
Social Justice Service Learning is a course designed to engage students in addressing the needs of local and/or international society. The course is designed to provide students with creative control over what social need they want to address as well as the manner in which they wish to address it. Students will participate in an organized service activity and reflect on that activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of the needs found in local and/or international society. Service learning provides the students with opportunities to develop and apply a wide range of skills (personal, academic, and intellectual) they will need to succeed in the school, in the community, and in the workplace. Legal Research and WritingStudents will analyze judicial opinions; apply legal concepts and rules; learn the techniques of writing memoranda and briefs; and learn oral advocacy skills. Students will also complete written assignments involving independent research and writing and participate in an oral advocacy exercise. The fundamentals of identifying, understanding, and formulating issues for analysis will be covered as well.


The mission of Omaha Northwest High School, a community of learners, is to provide educational opportunities which enable ALL students to achieve and lead in academic success.

8204 Crown Point Ave - Omaha, NE 68134
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Course Sequence

Grade 9
Intro to Law, Government, 
    & International 
    Diplomacy
H Forensic Science
World Language

Grade 10
AP Human Geography
Business & Consumer 
    Law 1-2
Criminal Justice
Fire Chemistry
Forensice Science 3-4
Intro to Fire Protection
Intro to Law
Law, Public Safety & Security
Trial Practice & Advocacy
History of Law & 
    Constitutionalism
Speech & Debate

Grade 11
The Constitution
Evidence
History of American Civil 
    Rights Movement 
    and Laws

Grade 12
AP US Government & Politics
Forensic Science 5-6
International Law Seminar
Legal Research & Writing
Social Justice Service 
    Learning

Career Options

Agency Director
Border Patrol
CIA Agent
City Manager
City Planner
Economic Developer
FBI Agent
Governor
Homeland Security
IRS Investigator
Intelligence Officer
Mayor
State or Federal Representative
State or Federal Senator
State Treasurer
United States Military

Associated School Activities

Boys & Girls State
Debate Team
JROTC
Mock Trial Team
National Honor Society
Student Council
Athletics




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