AP U.S. Government and Politics

Enrollment Message:

The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html. Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself. It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam. There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title.

This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The 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. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Authentic AP-style questions are used throughout the course to prepare students for success on the AP Exam. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, it is highly advisable that local school districts proctor their online student AP course unit tests and final exams. Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Apply political concepts and processes to scenarios in context.
  • Apply Supreme Court decisions.
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, graphs, maps, and infographics.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret foundational documents and other text-based and visual sources.
  • Develop an argument in essay format.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy

Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government - The Legislative Branch

Unit 3: Interactions Among Branches of Government - The Executive Branch

Unit 4: Interactions Among Branches of Government - The Judicial Branch

Unit 5: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Unit 6: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs

Unit 7: Political Participation

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: Students are responsible for acquiring the required textbook: Edwards, G. C., Wattenberg, M. P., & Howell, W. G. (2017). Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy (2016 Presidential Election Edition, AP Edition, 17th Edition). New York, NY: Pearson Higher Education. ISBN-13: 9780134586571.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html. Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself. It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam. There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 04157
MDE Endorsement Code: CD - Political Science
MMC Minimum Requirements: Soc Stud - Civics

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Advanced Placement