AP United States Government & Politics: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Government and Politics Course Description.
  • The course provides instruction in each of the following six topics outlined in the Course Description:
    • Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government
    • Political Beliefs and Political Behaviors
    • Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
    • Institutions of National Government
    • Public Policy
    • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • The course provides students with practice in analyzing and interpreting data and other information relevant to U.S. government and politics.
  • The course includes supplemental readings, including primary source materials (such as The Federalist Papers) and contemporary news analyses that strengthen student understanding of the curriculum.
  • The course requires students to answer analytical and interpretive free-response questions on a frequent basis.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level U.S. government and politics textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) as well as copies of primary sources for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to news sources in order to learn current examples and applications that may not be in the textbook.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has copies of additional college-level U.S. government and politics textbooks or other appropriate college-level books for his or her own consultation, including the most recent edition of one of these.
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