U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) - SS1640
Length of Course:
10, 11, 12
Course Description: This course is the equivalent of a college course. As such, coursework expectations are elevated and culminate with the nationwide Advanced Placement examination. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples of practical politics. This course requires familiarity with the constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups and mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, and civil rights and liberties. This course is designed to help young people acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Emphasis will be placed on government institutions; simulations of the democratic process and opportunities for service learning. This course fulfills the American government requirement for graduation. Students enrolled in AP U.S. Government and Politics are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in May, which may result in college credit for some students. There is a fee associated with the AP exam.