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AP Government (Period 5)

Course Description

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a year long college-level, nonpartisan introduction to
key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States.

It is important to note that this course is not a history course; it is a political science course that studies the interconnectedness of the different parts of the American political system and the behaviors and attitudes that shape this system and are the byproduct of this system. By the end of the course, you will be able to analyze current and historical political events like a political scientist and develop factually accurate, well-reasoned, thoughtful arguments and opinions that acknowledge and grapple with alternative political perspectives.

To accomplish this, you will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals
to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. You will also be required to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

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