AP US Government and Politics Syllabus
"Lights, Camera, Action" ...Prepare to study the intricacies of the American Political Culture. The script is written and the actors participate daily in the drama of American politics. You will be "on location" to delve into primary source documents. You will go behind the scenes with stars such as the President, Congress people, and Supreme Court Justices. You will research the roles of the media, political parties, interest groups, states, candidates, bureaucracy, and the public in the governmental process. Finally, you will witness the large- scale production of policy building in the areas of economic/social policy, foreign policy and public administration.
This is a 1 semester course consisting of 4 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 0.5 credit towards high school graduation.
- Constitutional Democracy
- Civil Liberties, Civil Rights
- Interaction Among Branches
- Political Culture and Participation
Required Course Materials
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Methods of Evaluation
Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments:
- 40% Assignments
- 10% Participation (Discussion Posts, Synchronous Sessions)
- 10% Quizzes
- 25% Mid-Term and Final Exam
- 15% Unit Tests