AP U.S. Government and Politics is a college level course designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement exam. It is a survey course that explores the structure of American government and how the “game” of politics is played. Students will examine the American system of government, political opinions, interests, and organizations, as well as the political institutions of government and their role in the creation and enforcement of national policy, civil liberties and civil rights. The key to government is to understand who has power and the difference it makes to the policies that are implemented.
Understanding economics is essential to becoming an involved and productive citizen that makes sound financial choices & more informed consumers. The course will also examine how economic choices are influenced by complex interactions of market conditions and the choices individuals make as well as analyze how government influences the distribution and control of capital, goods, and services.