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Overview
Students learn the relationship between power and authority, and gain perspective by studying situations in which there is an absence or misuse of authority. They examine ways to deal with such situations wisely and effectively while acquiring the knowledge and skills to make informed and reasoned decisions about evaluating or developing rules and laws. Limits on authority are seen as essential to the protection of individual rights. Understanding the reason for and necessity of placing limits on authority is essential if citizens are to control their government and make sure that government fulfills its purpose.
 
Unit 1 What is Authority?
Lesson 1 What Is the Difference between Authority and Power Without Authority?
2 What Are Some Sources of Authority?
3 Why Do We Need Authority?
4 How Can You Use Authority to Solve a Community Problem?
 
Unit 2 How Can We Evaluate a Candidate for a Position of Authority?
How Can We Evaluate Rules and Laws?
5 How Should We Choose People for Positions of Authority?
6 Who Would You Select for the Position of Tribal Royalty?
7 How Can We Evaluate Rules and Laws?
8 How Can You Develop a New Rule or Law?
 
Unit 3 What Are the Benefits and Costs of Using Authority?
9 What Are Some Consequences of Exercising Authority?
10 How Can You Use Authority to Regulate Skateboarding in the Community?
 
Unit 4 What Should Be the Scope and Limits of Authority?
11 How Can We Evaluate Positions of Authority?
12 How Would You Create a Position of Authority?