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 DRAFT

Advanced Placement United States

Government
and Politics

 

 

 

Course Syllabus

 

SY 2012/2013

 

Mr. Spiliakos 

Dr. Harutunian

The Course is taught for one
full academic year.  There are thirty 0ne
weeks if instruction from the beginning of the school year to the
administration of the AP Government and Politics Exam. 

 

 

Textbook: James Q. Wilson and
John J. Dilulio, American Government
12th Edition

Readingsfrom a wide variety of sources

 

 

 

Week 1: Introduction (9/7 – 9/16/11)

 

 

 

Weeks 2 – 4: Unit I


Constitutional Underpinnings of Our Government (9/19 – 10/7/11)

 

Readings:

  • Wilson Chapters 1-3
  • Federalist # 10
    , Federalist Papers (p A21,Wilson)
  • Federalist #51,
    Federalist Papers (p A26,Wilson)
  • “Dinner with
    Democracy”, Cynthia Farrar, Lanahan
    Readings in the

             American Polity, Readings
3 (p 11)

  • The Power Elite”,
    C. Wright Mills, Lanahan Readings in the

                                                American Polity, Readings
12 (p 70)                                                       

  • “Diversity in the
    Power Elite”, Richard Zweigenhaft /G. William,  Lanahan
    Readings in American Polity
    , Readings
    13 (p 78)
  • “American
    Federalism”, Daniel Elazar, Lanahan
    Readings in the

             American Polity, Readings
19 (p 124)                                     

                                   

Topic:  The Study of American Government

 

  • What is Political
    Power
  • What Is
    Democracy?
  • Is Representative
    Democracy Best?
  • How Is Political
    Power Distributed?
  • Is Democracy
    Driven by Self-Interest?
  • What Explains
    Political Change?
  • The Nature of
    Politics

 

Exam One:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

 

 

Topic: The Constitution

 

  • The Problem ofLiberty
  • The
    Constitutional Convention
  • The Challenge
  • The Constitution
    and Democracy
  • The Constitution and
    Liberty
  • The Motives of
    the Framers
  • Constitutional
    Reform: Modern Views

 

Exam Two:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic: Federalism

 

  • Why Federalism
    Matters
  • The Founding
  • The Debate on the
    Meaning of Federalism
  • Governmental
    Structure
  • Federal-State Relations
  • Federal Aid and
    Federal Control
  • A Devolution
    Revolution?
  • Congress and
    Federalism

 

Exam Three:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks 5 – 8: Unit II


Political Beliefs and
Behaviors (10/11 – 11/4/11)

 

Reading:

  • Wilson Chapters 4, 7 and 8
  • “Democracy in America”, Alexis De Tocqueville, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 1 (p 3)
  • “Habits of the
    Heart”, Robert Bellah/Others, Lanahan
    Readings in the American Polity,
    Readings
    7 (p 38)
  • “Democracy in America”, Alexis De Tocqueville, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 9 (p 51)
  • “Direct
    Democracy”, Thomas Cronin, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 58 (p 425)
  • “The Opinion
    Makers”, David Moore, Lanahan Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 60 (p 440)
  • “The Problems with Polls” by Mark Hemingway in
    National Review Online on January 13,
    2007
  • “Heavy Black Turnout Threatens Georgia
    Senator”  New York Times   October 29,
    2008

 

 

Topic: American Political
Culture

 

  • Political Culture
  • Comparing America with
    Other Nations
  • The Sources of
    Political Culture
  • Mistrust of
    Government
  • Political
    Tolerance

 

Research assignment:  How do supporters and opponents of abortion
rights each appeal to predominant American political values?

 

 

Topic: Public Opinion

 

  • Public Opinion and Democracy
  • What Is Public Opinion?
  • Political Socialization
  • Cleavages in Public Opinion
  • Political Ideology
  • Political Elites, Public Opinion, and Public
    Policy

 

Exam Four:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Political Participation

 

  • A Closer Look at Nonvoting
  • The Rise of the American Electorate
  • Who Participates in Politics?

 

Exam Five:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

Weeks 9-12: Unit III


Political Parties, Interest
Groups and Mass Media (11/7 – 12/2/11)

 

Reading:

  • Wilson Chapters 9-12
  • “Who Govens? And
    A Preface to Democratic Theory”, Robert Dahl,

Lanahan Readings in the American
Polity
, Readings
14 (p 88)

  • “More Than
    Money”, Richard Skinner, Lanahan Readings
    in
    the American Polity,Readings 63 (p 459)
  • “La Gean
    Oportunidad/Up for Grabs/Hispanic Opportunity”,
    Joe

Garcia,
Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 65 (p 480)

  • “Feeding Frenzy”,
    Larry Sabato, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity, Readings 77 (p 581)
  • “Strange
    Bedfellows”, Russell Peterson, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity, Readings 81 (p 610)
  • “Democrats Blaze
    Trails in February Fundraising” Washington Post February 29, 2008
  • “5-4 Supreme
    Court Weakens Curbs on Pre-Election TV Ads”
    Washington Post June 26, 2007
  • “Rove’s Political
    Strategies Will Endure” August 13, 2007 Politico.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic:  Political Parties

 

  • Parties – Here and Abroad
  • The Rise and Decline of the Political Party
  • The National Party Structure Today
  • State and Local Parties
  • The – Party System
  • Minor Parties
  • Nominating a President

 

Exam Six:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Elections and Campaigns

 

  • Campaigns, Then and Now
  • Presidential versus Congressional Campaigns
  • Primary versus General Campaigns
  • Money
  • What Decides the Election?
  • The effects of Elections on Policy

 

Exam Seven:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Interest Groups

  • The Birth of Interest Groups
  • Kinds of Organizations
  • Interest Groups and Social Movements
  • Funds for Interest Groups
  • The Problems of Bias
  • The Activities of Interest Groups
  • Regulating Interest Groups

 

Assignment – Handouts of
multiple Planned Parenthood press releases.
Students must identify which interest group strategy is being used

 

 

 

 

Topic:  The Media

 

  • The Media and Politics
  • Journalism in American Political History
  • The Structure of the Media
  • Rules Governing the Media
  • Are the National Media Biased?
  • Government and the News

 

Exam Eight:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

Weeks 12-21:  Unit IV

                         Institutions of
National Government:  The Congress, the
Presidency, the   

                         Bureaucracy, and the
Federal Courts (12/5/11 – 2/17/2012)

 

Reading:

  • Wilson Chapters 13-16
  • “Congress: The
    Electoral Conection”, by David Mayhew,  Lanahan                           Readings in the American Polity,
    Readings 22 (p
    147)
  • “The Difference
    Women Make”, Michele Swers, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 26 (p 171)
  • “The Rise of the
    Plebiscitary Presidency”, Craig Rimmerrman, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 36 (p 247)
  • “The White House
    Staff”, Bradley Patterson, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 38 (p 264)
  • “Bureaucracy”,
    James Q. Wilson, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 42 (p 302)
  • “Storm Center”, Davis O’Brien, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 45 (p 321)
  • “A Vice-President
    with Unprecedented Power” by Tim Rutten in the Los        Angeles Times September 24, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic:  Congress

 

  • Congress versus Parliament
  • The Evolution of Congress
  • Who is in Congress?
  • Do Members Represent Their Voters?
  • A Polarized Congress
  • The Organization of Congress: Parties and
    Caucuses
  • The Organization of Congress: Staffs and
    Specialized Offices
  • How a Bill Becomes Law
  • Reducing Power and Perks

 

 

Exam Nine:  Multiple Choice and Open Response

Topic: The Presidency

 

  • Presidents and Prime Ministers
  • Divided Government
  • The Evolution of the Presidency
  • The Powers of the President
  • The Office of the President
  • Who gets Appointed
  • Presidential Character
  • The Power to Persuade
  • The Power to Say No
  • The President’s Program
  • Presidential Transition
  • How Powerful is the President?

 

Exam Nine:  Multiple Choice and Open Response

 

 

 

Topic: Bureaucracy

 

  • Distinctiveness of the American Bureaucracy
  • Proxy Government
  • The Growth of the Bureaucracy
  • The Federal Bureaucracy Today
  • Congressional Oversight
  • Bureaucratic “Pathologies”
  • Reforming the Bureaucracy

 

Exam Ten:  multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  The Judiciary

 

  • The Development of the Federal Courts
  • The Structure of the Federal Courts
  • The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts
  • Getting to Courts
  • The Supreme court in Action
  • The Power of the Federal Courts
  • Checks on Judicial Power

 

Exam Eleven:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

 

Weeks 22-25:
Units V

                        Public
Policy (2/27 – 3/16/2012)

 

Readings:

 

  • Wilson Chapters 17-21
  • “The Other America”, Michael Harrington, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity, Readings
    83 (p 631)
  • “Free to Choose”,
    Milton Friedman, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 84 (p 636)
  • “Lockout”,
    Michele Wucker, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 86 (p 652)
  • “Understanding
    Environmental Poicy”, Steven Cohen, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 87 (p 660)
  • “Soft Power”,
    Joseph Nye, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 92 (p 706)
  • XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 

 

Topic:  The Policy-Making Process

 

  • Setting the Agenda
  • Making a Decision
  • Majoritarian Politics: Distributed Benefits,
    Distributed Costs
  • Interest Group Politics: Concentrated Benefits,
    Concentrated Costs
  • Client Politics: Concentrated Benefits,
    Distributed Costs
  • Entrepreneurial Politics: Distributed Benefits,
    Concentrated Costs
  • The Case of Business Regulation
  • Perceptions, Beliefs, Interest, and Values

 

Exam Twelve:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Economic Policy

 

  • The Politics of Economic Prosperity
  • The Politics of Taxing and Spending
  • Economic Theories and Political Needs
  • The Machinery of Economic Policy Making
  • Spending Money
  • The Budget
  • Reducing Spending
  • Levying Taxes

 

Exam Thirteen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic:  Social Welfare

 

  • Two Kinds of Welfare Programs
  • Social Welfare in theUnited States
  • Majoritarian versus Client Politics

 

Exam Fourteen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Foreign and Military Policy

 

  • Kinds of Foreign Policy
  • The Constitutional and Legal Context
  • The Machinery of Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy and Public Elites
  • The Use of Military Force
  • The Defense Budget
  • The Structure of Defense Decision Making
  • The New Problem of Terrorism

 

Exam Fifteen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Topic:  Environmental Policy

 

  • The American Context
  • Entrepreneurial Politics: Global Warming
  • Majoritarian Politics: Pollution from Automobiles
  • Interest Group Politic: Acid Rain
  • Client Politics: Agricultural Pesticides
  • The Environmental Uncertainties
  • The Results

 

Exam Sixteen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

Weeks 25-28:
Unit VI

Civil
Liberties and Civil Rights (3/19 – 4/13/2012

 

Readings:

  • Wilson Chapters 5 and 6
  • “Gideon’s
    Trumpet”, Anthony Lewis, Lanahan Readings
    in the American Polity
    , Readings
    48 (p 345)
  • “System under
    Stress”, Donald Kettl, Lanahan Readings
    in the American Polity
    , Readings
    50 (p 360)
  • “Simple Justice”,
    Richard Kluger, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 51 (p 371)
  • “The Lesbian and Gay Movements”, Craig
    Rimmerman, Lanahan Readings in the American Polity,Readings 53 (p 388)
  • “You Can’t Say
    That!”, Mary Ann Glendon, Lanahan
    Readings in
    the American Polity,Readings 56 (p 409)
  • “Justices Rule
    for Individual Gun Rights” by Linda Greenhouse in New York Times June 27, 2008
  • “Justices Back
    Ban on Partial Birth Abortion” by Linda Greehouse New York Times April 19, 2007
  • “Supreme Court
    Rejects Death Penalty for Child Rape”
    Linda Greenhouse New York Times June
    26, 2008

 

 

Topic: Civil Liberties

 

  • Culture and Civil Liberties
  • Interpreting and Applying the First Amendment
  • What is Speech?
  • Commercial and Youthful Speech
  • Church and State
  • Crime and Due Process

 

Exam Seventeen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic:  Civil Rights

 

  • The Black Predicament
  • The Campaign in the Courts
  • Women and Equal Rights
  • Affirmative Action
  • Gays and the Constitution

 

Exam Eighteen:  Multiple Choice and Free Response

 

 

Weeks 29 -31:

Review for
Advance Placement Exam (4/23 – 5/9/2012)

 

Topic:

                       

 

 

 

Teaching Strategies

 

Lecture and class discussion are the most common in class
teaching strategies.  Students are
expected to be able to explain the assigned materials and to be able to
articulate and defend opinions based on logical conclusions from assigned or
other materials.  Charts, graphs and
political cartoons are also used to spur discussion and sharpen analytical
skills.

 

Student Evaluations

  1. Multiple
    choice and free response tests.  The
    multiple choice and free response tests are gotten from past AP exams and from Multiple
    Choice and Free Response Questions in Preparation for the United States
    Government
    and Politics Examination.
    The instructor will occasionally use original free response questions
    that relate to particular assigned material.
  2. Homework
    assignments.  Study questions are
    assigned for all textbook assignments and assigned readings.

 

Teacher Resources

Wilson, James Q. and John Dilulio, American Government 11th Edition Boston:
Houghton Mifflin 2008

 

Cannon, David and John J.
Coleman and Kenneth R. Mayer, The
Enduring Debate: Classic and
Contemporary
Readings in American Politics Fourth Edition

New York:
W.W. Norton and Company 2007

 

Serow, Ann G. and EverettC. Ladd The
Lanahan Readings in the American Polity Fourth Edition
Baltimore:
Lanahan Publishers Inc. 2007

 

Stinebricker, Bruce, Annual
Editions: American Government 06/07
Thirty-sixth Edition
Dubuque
Iowa: McGraw-Hill 2007

 

The Political Compass” www.politicalcompass.org

 

Wood, Ethel Multiple Choice Questions in Preparation for the United States Government AP Examination Fifth
Edition
New York:  D % S Marketing Systems Inc. 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Sites For AP US Government Class

http://www.raleighcharterhs.org/faculty/bnewmark/Amazon.htm#AP

 

http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_edu_Online_Activities.aspx

 

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2259.html

 

http://college.cengage.com/polisci/wilson/am_gov/9e/students/index.html

 

http://www.youthleadership.net/

 

http://crf-usa.org/

 

http://www.choices.edu/

 

http://www.streetlaw.org/en/index.aspx

 

http://www.dsmarketing.com/books_usgov.html

 

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/07US-Govt-and-4081FC.pdf

 

http://www.coherentbabble.com/listBHOall.htm

 

http://phs.prs.k12.nj.us/ewood/amergov/index.htm

 

http://phs.prs.k12.nj.us/ewood/amergov/USGov5th/contents.htm

 

http://www.cagle.com/

 

http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/GSS+Website/

 

http://www.electionstudies.org/

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzales_v._Raich

 

http://www.nathannewman.org/nbs/

 

http://people-press.org/typology/

 

http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/

 

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/power_grab_game/

 

http://www.redistrictinggame.org/

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