This is a challenging college-level course designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of U.S. government and politics. Students study the foundations of U.S. government, foundational documents (Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights), federalism, institutions of government, political parties, interest groups, political polling, elections, rights and responsibilities of citizens, public policy, media and politics, bureaucracy, landmark Supreme Court cases, and political trends and outcomes. Students not only study the fundamentals of U.S. government and politics, but also consider the worldviews held by those who founded it. To help illustrate important concepts and deepen student understanding, the class will also debate both sides of major current issues faced by the U.S. government, so students will also be required to look beyond the rhetoric in current news and events. As the course progresses, instruction also focuses on preparation for the AP exam, including an exam overview, practice exams, essays, content review, and class discussions. A considerable amount of reading, preparation, and independent learning is required for every class.
AP U.S. Government and Politics
Notes and Requirements
Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.
Twice the Teaching: This course now provides two class days of instruction each week — twice as much as before.
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