This course is designed to empower students to be active, informed, and engaged citizens with an in-depth knowledge of the American political system and government. Through rigorous project based learning and experiential learning, students in this AP US Government and Politics course will be exposed to a multitude of concepts relating to political science, governmental institutions, and the essential role that citizens play in our country. A sample of topics we will examine include the foundations of American Democracy, civil rights and liberties, the interactions between the branches of government, the role of mass media and public opinion, and political participation and influence of various stakeholders on our policymaking process. In this course, students will develop their critical thinking, analytical and evaluative abilities, as well as other key 21st Century skills such as public speaking, advocacy, research, and media literacy. An applied civics project will be a substantial requirement of this course.
Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors