APUSG Notebook TOC

Pages 1-4: Syllabus, Blog Assignment, Notebook Assignment, Calendar

Divider 1: PPT Notes

1. Unit 1

2. Unit 6

3. Unit 2 and 3

4. Unit 4 

Divider 2: Reading Notes

1. Chapter 1

2. Chapter 2

3. Chapter 3

4. Chapter 4

5. Chapter 5

6. Chapter 6

7. Chapter 10

8. Chapter 9

9. Chapter 11

10. Chapter 7

11. Chapter 12

12. Chapter 13

13. Chapter 14

14. Chapter 15

15. Chapter 16

Divider 3: FRQ's

1. Unit 1 FRQ

2. Unit 2 and 3 FRQ Handout (Download)

3. Unit 2 and 3 Exam

4. Unit 4 Handout (Download)

5. Unit 4 Exam

Divider 4: Review Terms: TBA

1. Unit 1 Terms

Divider 5: Misc.

1. Scavenger Hunt

2. Political ID test 

APUSG Course Outline

 I.          Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government. 5–15%

    A.         Considerations that influenced the formulation and adoption of the


    B.         Separation of powers

    C.         Checks and balances

    D.         Federalism

    E.         Theories of democratic government

II.         Political Beliefs and Behaviors. 10–20%      

    A.         Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders

    B.         Processes by which citizens learn about politics

    C.         The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion

    D.         The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political


    E.         Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms

                of political beliefs and behaviors

III.       Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media. 10–20%

    A.         Political parties and elections

        1.         Functions

        2.         Organization

        3.         Development

        4.         Effects on the political process

        5.         Electoral laws and systems

    B.         Interest groups, including political action committees (PACs)

        1.         The range of interests represented

        2.         The activities of interest groups

        3.         The effects of interest groups on the political process

        4.         The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process

    C.         The mass media

        1.         The functions and structures of the news media

        2.         The impacts of the news media on politics

        3.         The news media industry and its consequences

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

           Bureaucracy, and the Federal Courts. 35–45%

    A.         The major formal and informal institutional arrangements of power

    B.         Relationships among these four institutions and varying balances

                of power

    C.         Linkages between institutions and the following:

        1.         Public opinion and voters

        2.         Interest groups

        3.         Political parties

        4.         The media

        5.         State and local governments

V.         Public Policy. 5–15%

    A.         Policymaking in a federal system

    B.         The formation of policy agendas

    C.         The role of institutions in the enactment of policy

    D.         The role of the bureaucracy and the courts in policy implementation

                and interpretation

    E.         Linkages between policy processes and the following:

        1.         Political institutions and federalism

        2.         Political parties

        3.         Interest groups

        4.         Public opinion

        5.         Elections

        6.         Policy networks

VI.       Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 5–15%

    A.         The development of civil liberties and civil rights by judicial


    B.         Knowledge of substantive rights and liberties

    C.         The impact of the Fourteenth Amendment on the constitutional

                development of rights and liberties