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A.P. Government

Prerequisites: none; teacher approval is recommended.
Who the course is designed for: strong and motivated 11th or 12th grade history students who enjoy reading and discussion

This course will begin by introducing students to basic concepts in political and moral philosophy, encouraging them to consider the purpose of a just society. The class will then engage in an exploration of the history and contemporary issues surrounding the American political system, paying particular attention to current events and the individual's rights and responsibilities as an engaged citizen. The spring semester will expand the focus of the course to an examination of political systems worldwide, using five to six case studies to compare and contrast the structure of government in other countries. The course will conclude by requiring students to closely investigate a major global issue, evaluate the decisions and policies of various countries involved, and ultimately craft a policy paper that offers a realistic political solution to a global problem.

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