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Offered: Grade 12
Credit: 1.0
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Honors or AP Social Studies Courses/Teacher Recommendation
Type of Credit: Meets Graduation Requirement for U.S. Government

Advanced Placement courses require students to successfully perform college-level academic work, including many extensive reading and writing assignments. The purpose of this course is to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Specific content to be covered will include an understanding of federalism and the separation of powers, the development of the constitution, the process of politics, the nature of public opinion, the role of political parties and interest groups, the major formal and informal institutional arrangement of powers, and the development of civil liberties and civil rights.