This is a year-long course on Government, designed for Juniors and Seniors who have already studied American History. The goal of the course is to assist parents in forming good Christian citizens. The course is taught from an explicitly Catholic viewpoint. The entire first marking period, which is the most theoretical part of the course, examines the political philosophies of Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas and the teachings of the Church's Magisterium concerning the nature of man, human liberty, government and law. In this light, the class analyses the historical and philosophical bases for the American constitutional system. We then proceed to an examination of the Constitution itself. We cover each article of the Constitution and the principal Amendments, as well as the concepts of limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism. The class ends with a study of modern problems facing Catholic citizens living in a democracy.