US Government

Course Number: 208; Online 208w; G Block 208g

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

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

Course Description:
United States Government is a required, one-semester course designed to acquaint senior-level students with the origins, concepts, organizations, and policies of the American government and political system. During this course, students analyze the formation and components of the United States Constitution, identify America’s major political parties and their core beliefs, understand the electoral process in the United States, analyze the organization and purpose of the three branches of government, explore America’s political culture, and examine the traits and beliefs of American voters. Students pay particular attention to their own government, with the primary goals of promoting an understanding of the political system, cultivating an appreciation of the system’s diversity and continuity, and encouraging involvement in all levels of government. To increase student comprehension and underscore the course’s relevance, students read and analyze primary and secondary source documents related to the topics under study.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Magruder's American Government. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2018. ISBN: 9780328987115

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course

For each course, you will see two options listed. The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access. The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only. Either option is fine and is up to the student’s preference.  

If purchasing the e-textbook, please forward your order confirmation to the Librarian, Mrs. MacManus ([email protected]), so she can create your student account.

Non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and historical fiction may be assigned to enhance learning in this class.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

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

Completion of U.S. History or AP U.S. History