Creating Effective Citizens USA
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
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.
Thomas-Legislative Information on the INternet
The White House
Official Website of the White House.
US Supreme Court
Another website for researching Supreme Court cases.
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.
The Living Room Candidate
Directory of Political Parties
Project Vote Smart
State of Texas Voter Information
: Cable News Network
: Fox News
: ABC News
: CBS News
: NBC News
: The British Broadcasting Company. Although foreign, gives a great perspective on US politics.
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
CIA World Factbook
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.
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