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Unit V – Conflict Resolution

      EOC PREP

Competency Goal 5: The learner will explain how the political and legal systems provide a means to balance competing interests
and resolve conflicts.

Generalizations

• A nation’s political and legal systems are often comprised of adversarial groups which must find ways to resolve conflict and balance
competing interests.
• Legal systems can be structured to allow courts the authority to hear and decide cases.
• Many different groups can influence government actions by using a variety of techniques.

Objectives

5.01 Evaluate the role of debate, consensus, compromise, and negotiation in resolving conflicts.

Essential Questions

• What steps are necessary in order for two or more competing groups to resolve a conflict?
• Should individuals compromise on their core beliefs in order to resolve a conflict?
• How do societies resolve conflicts?

Macro Concepts

Conflict
Compromise

Micro Concepts

Negotiation
Conflict Resolution

Factual Content

(Negotiation)
Consensus
Debate
Compromise

5.02 Identify the jurisdiction of state and federal courts.

Essential Questions

• What types of cases are handled in the various state and federal courts?
• What circumstances determine if a case may be appealed?
• What is the purpose of a tiered court system?

Macro Concepts

Power
Order

Micro Concepts

Jurisdictions
Courts

Factual Content

(Jurisdictions)
Appellate
Exclusive
Concurrent
Original
(Courts)
Federal Courts
District Courts
U.S. Courts of Appeal
U.S. Supreme Court
Special Court
State Courts
Lower Courts
Magistrate
General Trial Courts
Intermediate Appellate Court
State Supreme Court

5.03 Describe the adversarial nature of the judicial process.

Essential Questions

• Should judges be elected by the people or appointed by the government?
• How have the decisions of the Supreme Court changed the principle of due process and impacted the rights of the accused?
• What factors influence the way a judge rules in a case?

Macro Concepts

Conflict
Debate

Micro Concepts

Rule of law
Judicial Process

Factual Content

(Adversaries)
Oral argument
Courtroom Roles
(Rule of Law)
Judicial Review
Writ of Certiorari
Brief
The Jury System
Majority Opinion
Dissenting Opinion
Concurrent Opinion
Felony
Misdemeanor
Perjury
(Judicial Process)
Court Docket
Prosecutor/Prosecution
Complaint
Defendant
Plaintiff
Subpoena
Summons
Warrants (Arrest/Search)
Bailiff
Preliminary hearings
Indictment
Plea
Plea bargain
Bail
Public Defender
Hearing
Grand Jury
Verdict
Settlement
Capital offense
Sentence/Sentencing
Appeal
Rights of victims
Confirmation Process
Selection of Federal Judges
Selection of State Judges

5.04 Evaluate the role of debate and compromise in the legislative process.

Essential Questions

• Should members of Congress who have served the longest be automatically granted the chair person position on a committee?
• Why is compromise essential to the law making process?
• What role do committees play in the legislative process?

Macro Concepts

Conflict
Cooperation
Systems

Micro Concepts

Committee system
Legislative process
Debate
Compromise
Laws

Factual Content

(Committee system)
Standing Committee
Seniority Rule
House Rules Committee
Joint Committee
Conference Committee
Public Hearing
(Legislative Process)
How a bill becomes a law
Veto
Line item veto
Pocket veto
Filibuster
Cloture
(Laws)
Act
Proposition
Rider

5.05 Explain how local government agencies balance interest and resolve conflicts.

Essential Questions

• How do counties and cities work together to meet the needs of citizens?
• What are the advantages of disadvantages of a city annexing county property?
• How do local government officials balance competing interests and resolve conflicts?

Macro Concepts

Cooperation
Power
Interdependence

Micro Concepts

Intergovernmental cooperation
Civic participation
Government Interaction

Factual Content

(Civic Participation)
Town meetings
Public hearings
Forums
Budget
At large voting
(Interaction between city and county government)
Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)
Zoning
Annexation
Infrastructure
Taxation
City and county officials

5.06 Analyze roles of individual citizens, political parties, the media, and other interest groups in public policy decisions, dispute resolution, and government action.

Essential Questions

• What role do citizens play in influencing government policies and actions?
• Should political parties and interest groups have the ability to sway public policy decisions?
• Which methods of influencing government are most effective?

Macro Concepts

Influence
Dispute

Micro Concepts

Government action
Public policy
Media
Political party
Interest group
Dispute resolution

Factual Content

(Government action)
Petition
Local Initiatives
Local Referendums
Bond issues
(Public policy)
Special interest groups
Electronic media
Voting

Supplemental Readings

Principles of Democracy
The Branches of Government
Working Together
Ben's Guide: How Laws are Made