AP US Government & Politics

Course Number: 217

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: History/Social Science “A” requirement. Satisfies one year of Social Studies graduation requirement.

Course Description:
AP United States Government and Politics is a one-semester, college-level course that includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality. Students successfully completing this course will be able to: describe and compare important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics; explain typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences; interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including quantitative data); and, critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum. To help students meet these objectives, the course will cover the following topics: constitutional underpinnings of the United States government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Students prepare to take the AP U.S. Government and Politics Examination and possibly receive college course credit. This course is rigorous, fast-paced, and requires extensive reading.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • AMSCO® AP® United States Government & Politics, 3rd Edition. Perfection Learning, 2020. ISBN# 978-1-6903-8416-8

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of AP U.S. History with a “B” or U.S. History with an “A”.