The well designed AP Course in United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used US Government and Politics and analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute US Government and politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.  Analysis of documents and a term project are required for this course.

All assignments are due September 22.

John Locke: Second Treatise of Civil Government

The Declaration of Independence

Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu: Excerpt from The Spirit of the Laws

Jean Jacques Rousseau: Excerpt from The Social Contract

Thomas Paine: Common Sense

Philosophical Underpinnings of American Government - Analytical Essay

The Constitution of the United States

The U.S. Constitution Study Guide

Optional (Recommended Reading)

Democracy in America