US Government and Politics (Apex)

In US Government and Politics, students examine the history, principles, and function of the political system established by the US Constitution. Starting with a basic introduction to the role of government in society and the philosophies at the heart of American democracy, this course provides students with the knowledge needed to be informed and empowered participants in the US political system. 

Through critical reading activities, feedback-rich instruction, and application-oriented assignments, students develop their ability to conduct research, analyze sources, make arguments, and take informed action. In written assignments, students address critical questions about US politics and the roles of individual Americans in politics and political organizations. In discussion activities, students respond to political opinions, take a position, and defend their own claims. Formative and summative assessments provide students — and teachers — with ample opportunities to check in, review, and evaluate students’ progress in the course. For Honors students, the course culminates with a multipart independent research project focused on a topic of their choice. 

This course is built to state standards and informed by the College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and the National Standard for Civics and Government.

This updated course was originally created for Apex Courses and is now available in Courseware.