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AP U.S Government and Politics Course Outline

AP U.S Government and Politics Course Outline

1.0 Credit

The AP United States Government and Politics course is designed to provide the student with an experience equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course. Students will be expected to move beyond factual recall into critical analysis of the creation, function, and process of government. As stated in the College Board 2010 course description, this course will give students 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 should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.

The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States, This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.

1- Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Course Syllabus
    • Understanding Plagiarism
    • MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
    • MLA Documentation updates
    • MLA Citation
    • MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Why Do We Need Government?

  • Why Do We Need Government?
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Assignment: Study of John Locke
  • Quiz: Historical Documents

3-Constitutional Underpinnings of the United States Government

  • Constitutional Underpinnings of the United States Government
  • Essay: Position Paper—The Virginia Plan
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 1
  • Quiz: Federalism Quiz
  • Assignment: Unit 3 Test

4- Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Essay: Position Paper—Miranda v. Arizona
  • Assignment: Presentation—Evolution of the Supreme Court
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 2
  • Assignment: Unit 4 Test

5- The Institutions of National Government

  • The Institutions of National Government
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 3
  • Assignment: Project—The Executive Department
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 4
  • Assignment: Unit 5 Test

6- Public Policy

  • Public Policy
  • Essay: Position Paper—Taxes
  • Essay: Position Paper–NAFTA

7- Political Beliefs and Behaviors

  • Political Beliefs and Behaviors
  • Assignment: Public Opinion Polls
  • Assignment: Unit 7 Test

8- Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media

  • Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
  • Essay: The Changing Electorate
  • Essay: Position Paper—Electoral College
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 5
  • Assignment: Frontline “News War”
  • Essay: Informative Paper—Influence of News Media
  • Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 6
  • Assignment: Unit 8 Test

9- Course Review & AP Exam Preparation

  • Final Portfolio & Reflection
  • Essay: Final Portfolio
  • Course Review & AP Exam Preparation

10- Course Survey

  • Course Survey
  • Handout: Course Survey
  • Assignment: Course Survey
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