A.P. United States Government and Politics (12)
A.P. U.S. Government and Politics provides an introductory college-level, non-partisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.
This course implements the Project Based Learning (PBL) modality, whereby students build knowledge and skills through sustained investigation of complex, real-world problems. Students learn the required A.P. course content and skills through active engagement with five large projects that become the curriculum and pedagogical approach. One of these projects will satisfy the political science research or applied civics project requirement. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors/pre-A.P. U.S. History and approval from the AP committee.