AP Government & Politics enables students to dissect the American government in order to understand the relationship among its three branches. Students will analyze government systems, federalism and capitalism, the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Students will examine various political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, mass media, institutions of government and civil rights. They must learn facts and concepts and practice historical and analytical skills, including chronological and spatial thinking, historical research and interpretation. This course also satisfies students’ graduation requirement for a semester of Economics. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation and Previous AP Course in Department. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.