Course Level:        Advanced Placement

Credits:                   5

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite:  Students who have either taken other AP or Honors Social Studies courses

Students will be immersed in an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes associated with the development and sustainability of the United States Government. *Prerequisite – Students who have either taken other AP or Honors Social Studies courses.

 

The following goals and topics and some questions that should be explored in the course (as taken directly from the College Board course description) are as follow:

• know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics

• understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)

• be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats)

• be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum

 

Students will be expected to complete a summer assignment as part of course requirements.  This assignment will be due at the first class meeting in September.  More information can be found about this course at www.collegeboard.com.

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