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Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics

Course Description


(260) 1.00cr.   Tr. 5   Gr. 12                 

This course is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  The course involves the study of general concepts and analysis of specific case studies, such as Supreme Court cases or elections.  At the end of the course the student is expected to demonstrate a fairly detailed understanding of American political institutions.  Topics include the Constitution (development and application), political beliefs and practices, political parties and interest groups, institutions and policy practice, civil rights and civil liberties.  All students are required to take the Advanced Placement test.



Textbook: Edwards, George C., Wattenberg, Martin P., & Lineberry, Robert L. Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy (Eighth Edition) New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc. (2004)        

Handouts: Throughout the course.  Six to eight essays will be assigned throughout the year.

Articles to Read:  Posted throughout the course.  Students are required to complete that AP Government Article Report Form for each article or political cartoon.

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