Grade 11 - Social Studies

AP: US Government & Politics (Credit: 0.50)

Course materials required. See 'Course Materials' below. AP U.S. Government and Politics studies the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. Students will gain the analytic perspective necessary to critically evaluate political data, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes. Along the way, they'll learn how to gather data about political behavior and develop their own theoretical analysis of American politics. They'll also build the skills they need to examine general propositions about government and politics, and to analyze the specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. Government and Politics prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in political science, law, education, business, and history. This course has been authorized by the College Board® to use the AP designation. Course Materials Required The Lanahan Readings in the American Polity, 5th ed. Ann G. Serow and Everett C. Ladd, eds. (Lanahan Publishing, 2010). ISBN-10: 1930398166 / ISBN-13: 9781930398160 Acceptable alternate: 4th ed. (2003).ISBN-10: 1930398093 Acceptable alternate: 3rd ed. (2003). ISBN-10: 1930398034 American Government: Power and Purpose, 13th ed. Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, and Stephen Ansolabehere (W. W. Norton, 2013). ISBN-10: 0393124134 / ISBN-13:9780393124134 Acceptable alternate: 12th ed. (2012).ISBN-10: 0393138194