American government course syllabus



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KENYON ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP (KAP)

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

COURSE SYLLABUS

2007-2008

Buckeye Valley High School Mrs. Velalis

740/363-1349 velalis.2@osu.edu
Conference Period

8:37 a.m. - 9:19 a.m.

11:29 a.m. - 11:59a.m.



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The emphasis of the KAP American Government course is a concentration of the government’s role in influencing the social structure of the nation and our understanding of the American political system. The themes of democracy and the scope of government provide a basis framework for analysis that students will find practical and worthwhile. Extensive study will be made of the US Constitution, political parties, government policy, the framework of government and the traditions and the values of American politics. We will examine in detail the processes and institutions through which the political system functions as well as some of the public policies the political system develops. This course will involve critical analysis, writing, and discussion of the assigned texts and is designed to create good citizens, who are knowledgeable and active in their government.



TEXTBOOK AND READING MATERIALS:

Text: Government in America - People, Politics, and Policy (2002 Edition) by George C. Edwards III, Martin P. Wattenberg, Robert L. Lineberry. PRIMARY TEXTBOOK
Summer Reading: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville



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