Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics
Designed as a college level survey/seminar in the study of American government, this course is very demanding — it’s recommended for students interested in careers in law and/or government. Its purpose is to discuss and demonstrate the American system of government. The AP American Government course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States, involving 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. Students review the Constitutional underpinnings of United States government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government, including Congress, the Presidency, the executive bureaucracy, and the federal courts; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Students learn to evaluate the role of the national government in its relationship with the American people. This course is intended to prepare a student to successfully complete the Advanced Placement American Government and Politics Test that is offered in May.