U0: Course Overview

Course Description:

The purpose of AP Government and Politics is to give students “… an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics” (The College Board, AP United States Government and Politics Course Description, May 2006, May 2007, page 5).  This course is designed to prepare students for the AP United States Government and Politics examination.


  1. Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics.
  2. Understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures.
  3. Be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics.

Revised: 6/1/2017