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    AP GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

    COURSE OUTLINE 1st Semester

    Wilson 2016-2017

     

    Unit I  “Foundations” (Chps 1-3 + Federalist #51)

          - Chp 1 Focus  “Introduction To Government In America”

                     - Chp 2  Focus “The Constitution”

                     - Chp 3 Focus “Federalism

                     * Unit Objectives…

           1. Identify and describe in detail the forces that led to the creation of the

               American system of government.

     2. Identify and discuss in detail the theoretical and practical foundations of

         American Government as set forth in the Constitution.

     3. Describe in detail the development and evolution of  “American

         Federalism” and how it applies to the various aspects of our system of

         government.

     

    Unit II  “Institutions of American Government & The Federal Bureaucracy”

          (Chp 6-9 + Federalist #78)

     -Chp 6 Focus “The Legislative Branch”

         -Chp 7 Focus “The Executive Branch”

         -Chp 8 Focus “The Federal Bureaucracy”

         -Chp 9 Focus “The Judicial Branch”

        * Unit Objectives…

            1. Identify and discuss in detail the structure and organization of the US Congress

                and the Legislative Process

            2. Identify and discuss in detail the structure and organization of the Executive

                Branch and the roles and responsibilities of the President

            3. Describe in detail the structure, organization, and functions of the Federal

                Bureaucracy

    4.      Discuss in detail the structure, organization and roles of the Judicial Branch

     

    Unit III  “Civil Rights and Liberties” (Chps 4 & 5)

                     -Chp 4 Focus “Civil Liberties”

                     -Chp 5 Focus “Civil Rights”

                    *Unit Objectives

    1.      Identify and discuss in detail the evolutionary theories of Civil Rights and Liberties

    2.      Identify and describe in detail the Constitutional development of Civil Rights and Liberties and the role that Judicial Interpretation has played in the process