Advanced Placement (AP) Government and Politics

Prerequisites:

Department Recommendation

Credit:

0.5

Grade Level:

11

The course provides an analytical perspective on United States government and politics. This course includes 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 will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Current political, legal, and government issues will be used to illustrate major concepts and refine the student’s understanding of the American political system. AP Government and Politics will provide students with a true college atmosphere in content, pacing, and instruction. Emphasis will be placed on critical and higher level thinking skills and essay writing. The course will challenge a student’s ability to think and analyze material critically, and also give them an opportunity to earn college credit by their performance on the AP exam.