•  Lower Dauphin School District

    Curriculum Guide

    Course Title: AP American Government
    Subject: Social Studies
    Grade Level(s): 10
    Synopsis of Curriculum

    Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Students will study general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and examine specific examples. The AP Government course requires students to learn facts and concepts and understand typical political processes. The course will require students to master historical and analytic skills, including, chronological and spatial thinking, historical research and interpretation.  Students will evaluate viewpoints presented through major print and electronic media, understand statistical data and analyze trends related to significant political events.  Emphasis is placed on applying problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, interpreting graphs and tables, organizing information, evaluating information, and communicating orally and in writing. The course aims to help the student to participate effectively and democratically in the American political society.


    Units of Study Titles

    1. Constitutional Underpinnings and Federalism
    2. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
    3. Political Beliefs and Behaviors
    4. Linkage Institutions (Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media)
    5. Campaigns and Elections
    6. Institutions of National Government (the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches)
    7. Public Policy