Government and AP Government

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Economics and AP Economics

Creating Effective Citizens USA

 

GOVERNMENT & AP Government

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. Politics and the analysis of specific contemporary examples. It also requires students to familiarize themselves with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute our political system. The major topics to be examined are:

Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

Political Beliefs and Behaviors

Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media

Institutions of National Government

Public Policy

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

In Government, the focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. Students learn major political ideas and forms of government in history. A significant focus of the course is on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, and the form of government it created.

Students analyze major concepts of republicanism, federalism, checks and balances, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights and compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems.

Students identify the role of government in the U.S. free enterprise system and examine the strategic importance of places to the United States.

Students analyze the impact of individuals, political parties, interest groups, and the media on the American political system, evaluate the importance of voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Students examine the relationship between governmental policies and the culture of the United States.

Students identify examples of government policies that encourage scientific research and use critical-thinking skills to create a product on a contemporary government issue.

Government Links

Student Voices


The local Student Voices website. Good source for articles relating to government. Also the place to link for the Speak Out discussions and On-line polls.

Congress Merge


Great website for finding out your Congressional representative, committees of Congress and who is on them, voting records of Congressmen, and how to contact your representative.

Thomas-Legislative Information on the INternet


Up to date activities of the current Congress.

The White House

Official Website of the White House.

US Supreme Court


Website for the Supreme Court.

Oyez


Website for finding current Supreme Court cases.

Find Law

Another website for researching Supreme Court cases.

C-Span

The cable network’s website. Keeps good track of what goes on in Washington, D.C., in the States, in the media, and on blogs.

Political Compass


An online survey to gauge your political ideology. It's very long, but pretty good. It also plots Historical figures and candidates from recent elections.

The Living Room Candidate


View Presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to 2004.

Fact Check


Web site that gives nonpartisan analysis of what the candidates say.

Directory of Political Parties


This site has basic information on and associated links for the two major parties and the major third parties.

Project Vote Smart


The source to find out your specific representatives for US Senate, US Congress, the Texas Senate and House, and Federal and State Courts.

State of Texas Voter Information


Voter information for Texas elections, such as location of precincts, who's running, early voting sites, etc.

News Websites

CNN

: Cable News Network

FOX

: Fox News

ABC

: ABC News

CBS

: CBS News

MSNBC

: NBC News

BBC

: The British Broadcasting Company. Although foreign, gives a great perspective on US politics.

Party Websites

Republican Party

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Democratic Party

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Libertarian Party

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Green Party

 

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

The AP Comparative Government course is based on the design of college-level introductory Comparative Government courses that focus on the comparative study of fundamental Comparative concepts, political systems, and processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. This effective, one semester course will involve the study of political science theory and methodology as well as the analysis of specific countries. The six models to be studied during the course of the semester are the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. Students throughout the semester will study these respective countries, the components that are universal to all political systems in each of the six countries, and will become aware of the interconnections between the citizenry and state policies. This course will give students a critical perspective of the working of these government systems.

 

AP Comparative Government Links

BBC News Country Studies


Excellent source for country and topic information.

United Nations


The home page for the United Nations. From here you can navigate the UN.

CIA World Factbook

 

 

ECONOMICS

Economics is a course that involves microeconomics as well as macroeconomics.  It is important for students to understand the economics that affect their everyday lives as well as our country, and the world. During this study, we will begin adapting initiatives and standards that our state government is developing. Texas is working to incorporate into the Economics course a program to help students develop the necessary skills to handle everyday finances, which will include budgeting, credit cards, financing, savings, investments, and other aspects to ensure that the students will have a strong foundation. The TEKS objectives will be incorporated in each lesson such as free enterprise, supply and demand, market structures, economic systems, the  role of  financial institutions, to name a few.

Economics Links

www.ncee.net

www.federalreserveeducation.org

www.nces.ed.gov

www.irs.org

www.handsonbankingorg

www.imf.org

 

AP ECONOMICS

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