Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is designed for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course. It will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics. The student will become familiar with the Constitutional underpinnings of United States Government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties and interest groups; the institutions and policy processes of national government; civil rights and civil liberties. Students will acquire the skills of analyzing data, and writing and presenting written and oral arguments which will prepare them for the demands of beginning and intermediate college courses. Students are expected to take the AP exam.