AP U.S. Government and Politics

  • Course Number: T142W (Winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 11-12
  • Credits: .5 (semester course)
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course covers a body of knowledge equivalent to what a student would be expected to master in an introductory one-semester college course in American Politics. Through readings, research, discussions, field experiences, and media presentations, students will study political ideologies, parties, campaigns, elections, interest groups, bureaucracy, civil liberties, role of the media, the judicial, legislative and executive processes, and the creation of public policy. It is expected that students electing this course will take the AP exam, for which there is a fee. Students electing to take the online course are required to follow Tonka Online procedures and expectations.

Recommended Background for Success: This course is recommended for students who have effective study skills, the ability to read and comprehend material written on a college level, basic knowledge of U.S. history and government, the ability to work and think independently and critically, willingness to work in cooperative settings, and strong writing skills.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Instructional methods include lectures, discussions, cooperative learning, research, individual and group projects, simulations, guest speakers, videos, exposure to a variety of resources and reading materials both primary and secondary in nature, and writing assignments. Assessments include daily work, multiple choice tests, essay tests, quizzes, projects, individual and group presentations, and analytical writing assignments. Instructional methods and assessments in the online course will be modified to meet the needs of online learners.

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