AP Government and Politics United States Semester – 1

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AP Government and Politics United States Semester – 1

Students investigate key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study the structure of the Constitution throughout the course, as well as its implications for the functioning of government today.




Recommended Materials:

These books are not required for completion of the course but offer more information and excellent preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam.

Lader, Curt. Barron’s AP U.S. Government and Politics. New Jersey: Barron’s Educational Series. Hauppauge, New York.

Princeton Review. Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam. The Princeton Review. New York, New York.


Segment I:

Module 01: Constitutional Democracy

  • Constitutional Democracy Introduction
  • Why Government?
  • Founding Principles
  • The Constitution
  • Federalists v. Anti-Federalists
  • Separation of Powers
  • Federalism
  • The Power Debate Today
  • Constitutional Democracy Review and DBA
  • Constitutional Democracy Exam

Module 02: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

  • Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Introduction
  • The First Amendment
  • Security v. Speech
  • Liberty v. Safety
  • The Accused
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection
  • And Justice for All
  • Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Review and DBA
  • Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Exam


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