AP US Government and Politics Online Single Semester

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AP® U.S. Government and Politics is an introductory survey course on selected U.S. government and politics topics. This course covers the origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, including the American systems of federalism, separation of powers, and check and balances; the structure and powers of the institutions of national government, including legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and the processes of domestic and foreign public policy making; political beliefs, participation, and the factors that influence them; the national election process; the role of interest groups, political parties, and the media in the political system; and civil liberties and civil rights. The course encourages students to hone critical thinking skills as they analyze and interpret information and data in primary and secondary source readings, news reports, graphs, and tables to learn how to ask and respond to challenging questions and become responsible citizens.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

·         Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.

·         Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.

·         Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.

·         Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

·         Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

·         Analyze the election process.

·         Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

·         Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.

Unit 1: Building a System of Government
Chapter 1: One Republic—Two Americas?
Chapter 2: The Constitution
Chapter 3: Federalism

Unit 2: People and Politics
Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Chapter 9: Campaigns, Voting, and Elections
Chapter 7: Interest Groups
Chapter 8: Political Parties
Chapter 10: The Media and Politics

Unit 3: Political Institutions
Chapter 11: The Congress
Chapter 12: The Presidency
Chapter 13: The Bureaucracy
Chapter 14: The Courts

Unit 4: Public Policy
Chapter 15: Domestic Policy
Chapter 16: Economic Policy
Chapter 17: Foreign Policy and National Security

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