• Heath Gerlufsen

    AP US Government

    Conference: 6th Period


    AP U.S. Government Overview:

    Course Description/Overview

    This course explores the political theory and everyday practice that direct daily operations of our government and shape our public policies.  The express purpose of this college level course is to prepare students to take the AP Exam for U.S. Government and Politics.  This course is for all intents and purposes taught on a college level and requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for every class.  The objectives of this course go beyond a basic analysis of how our government “works”.  Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens.


    This course is concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it works today.  We will examine in some detail the principle processes and institutions through which the political system functions; as well as, some of the policies that these institutions establish and how they are implemented.  We will look primarily at the national government and national policies. 


    The course is designed to increase understanding of the American political system- its traditions, values, and framework- as well as to understand how its components work together smoothly for the most part, but at times with substantial friction. 


    This course aims to provide objective instruction and an intellectual classroom environment characterized by students who are pushed to exercise higher order thinking skills in their efforts to understand the full range of each issue and, therefore, become independent social critics capable of fulfilling their responsibilities as active and informed members of a democracy.