U.S. Government & Politics
understand what AP U.S. Government and Politics is not. It is not a course in
current events. It is not a course in Constitutional law. It is not a course in
U.S. History. The Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics course
is designed to teach U.S. constitutional government based on principles,
philosophy, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest
groups, national institutions and processes, and law.
Freedom. Liberty. Democracy.
These are words used everyday in
the United States and yet there is rarely sustained conversation about 1) what
those terms mean and 2) how those ideals are upheld (or undermined) on a daily
basis in this country. This AP US Government class will dedicate itself to exploring
these concepts and in learning the ways in which these ideals sustained ideas
and actions that led to the creation and perpetuation of the United States of
America. Because this is an advanced placement course, we will also
focus on preparing for the AP exam in May, but we will not be learning with
only the exam in mind. Instead we will debate, discuss, and deliberate on a
wide variety of political issues with the hope that in the end we will all
become more informed citizens.
political science course can’t provide either easy or comfortable answers to
societal issues. Political positions can upset students and shake previously
held views. A political science course can help shape the views that you will
take with you into college and the rest of your life.
One of my main personal
objectives in this class is to give you honest, accurate information regarding
how our government and society, with all its different factors, came to be what
it is today. However, once you have this information, I want you to form a solid
opinion based on the facts! Your opinion can be whatever you want, but you must
be able to substantiate it!
educated opinion is a powerful tool that will earn you respect!
remember that you are in control of your success in this class.
Take responsibility for your work and
for your actions.