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AP Government and Politics

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Building Democracy for All:  Interactive Explorations of Government and Civic Life

 

 

 

AP Government and Politics Course Description (Fall 2019)

 

 

Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy

 

1.1  Ideals of Democracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

1.2  Types of Democracy

 

 

 

 

 

1.3  Government Power and Individual Rights

 

 

 

 

1.4  Challenges of the Articles of Confederation

 

 

 

 

 

1.5  Ratification of the United States Constitution

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6  Principles of American Government

 

 

 

 

 

1.7  Relationship Between States and the Federal Government

 

 

 

1.8  Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism

 

 

1.9  Federalism in Action

 

 

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Unit 2:  Interactions Among Branches of Government

 

2.1 Congress:  The Senate and the House of Representatives

 

2.2 Structures, Powers and Functions of Congress

 

 

 

 

2.3 Congressional Behavior

 

2.4 Roles and Powers of the President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5 Checks on the Presidency

 

 

2.6 Expansion of Presidential Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.7 Presidential Communication

 

2.8 The Judicial Branch

 

 

2.9 Legitimacy of the Judicial Branch

 

 

2.10 The Court in Action

 

 

 

2.11 Checks on the Judicial Branch

 

2.12 The Bureaucracy

 

 

2.13 Discretionary and Rule-Making Authority

 

2.14 Holding the Bureaucracy Accountable

 

2.15 Policy and the Branches of Government

 

 

 

 

 

12th entry on Mississippi Freedom Trail. Photo by Ron Cogswell

12th entry on Mississippi Freedom Trail. Photo by Ron Cogswell

 

 

 

Unit 3:  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

 

3.1. The Bill of Rights

 

 

3.2. First Amendment:  Freedom of Religion

 

 

3.3. First Amendment:  Freedom of Speech

 

 

3.4. First Amendment:  Freedom of the Press

 

 

 

3.5.  Second Amendment:  Right to Bear Arms

 

 

3.6.  Amendments Balancing Individual Freedom with Public Safety and Order

 

 

3.7. Selective Incorporation

 

 

3.8. Amendments:  Due Process and the Rights of the Accused

 

 

3.9. Amendments:  Due Process and the Right to Privacy

 

 

3.10  Social Movements and Equal Protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.11. Government Responses to Social Movements

 

 

 

3.12  Balancing Minority and Majority Rights

 

 

 

3.13  Affirmative Action

 

 

 

Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs

 

4.1 American Attitudes About Government and Politics

 

 

4.2 Political Socialization

 

 

 

4.3 Changes in Ideology

 

4.4 Influences of Political Events on Ideology

 

4.5 Measuring Public Opinion

 

 

4.6 Evaluating Public Opinion Data

 

4.7 Ideologies of Political Parties

 

4.8 Ideology and Policy Making

 

 

4.9 Ideology and Economic Policy

 

4.10 Ideology and Social Policy

 

Parade of suffragettes in New York in 1912

Parade of suffragettes in New York in 1912.

Unit 5: Political Participation

 

5.1 Voting Rights and Models of Voting Behavior

 

5.2 Voter Turnout

 

 

5.3 Political Parties

 

 

 

5.4 How and Why Political Parties Change and Adapt

 

5.5 Third Party Politics

 

 

5.6 Interest Groups Influencing Policy Making

 

 

5.7 Groups Influencing Policy Outcomes

 

 

5.8 Electing a President

 

 

 

 

5.9 Congressional Elections

 

5.10 Modern Campaigns

 

5.11 Campaign Finance

 

 

5.12 The Media

 

 

5.13 Changing Media

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching and Learning Resources


external image Beautiful_red_apple.jpgUniversity of Nebraska-OmahaGovEdWeb Lesson Plans

external image 200px-Dollar_Sign.svg.pngInteractive Look at President Obama's 2013 Budget

THOMAS. This resource tracks legislation as it is proposed and passed through Congress

Presidential Job Approval Ratings from Truman to Present. Gallup Polls.

Practice Tests and Quizzes for the AP Exam

 

 

 

 
C. Linkages between institutions

 

 

 

Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms of political beliefs and behaviors

 

 

B. Knowledge of substantive rights and liberties

 

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