AP Government/Economics Syllabus 2011-12
Mr. Jonathan Setliff, Social Studies Department Voice Mail: 216-251-6788, ext. 350
This course explores the political theory and everyday practice that directs the daily operation of government and shapes public policy. This course is taught on a college level and it requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for every class. The objectives of this course go beyond a basic understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well as the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Each student is required to take the AP Government exam administered by the College Board in the spring. The cost of the exam is approximately $85.
O’Connor, Karen and Larry Sabato. American Government: Continuity and Change. 2008 and 2006 editions.
Lasser, William. Perspectives on American Politics.
Print and Internet News Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, Newsweek, The Economist, along with a variety of politically based websites.
Televised News Sources: MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CSPAN
It is strongly suggested you purchase the following review manual:
Lader, Curt et al. Barrons: How to Prepare for the AP US Government and Politics Exam
Materials you will need each day:
b. Blue, black, red pen and pencil with eraser
c. Filler paper
d. Pocket Folder for handouts. Also – keep your syllabus in this folder as it will be used for reference throughout the class.
e. Textbooks (If a student loses either text, she will be charged for its replacement!)
To pass this course, that is required for graduation, students need to:
The student’s grade is a summary of all points earned for:
e. Class Participation
Class participation is expected, and required. Failure to participate will result in a grade reduction.
ATTENDANCE, ABSENCE, AND MAKE-UP POLICY
i. Attendance and punctuality are very important. However, when a student is absent, it is her responsibility to obtain assignments and/or notes for material missed during the absence.
**NO EXCUSES WILL BE ACCEPTED REGARDING “NOT UNDERSTANDING AN ASSIGNMENT DUE TO AN ABSENCE”**
All homework assignments will be completed neatly in blue or black ink and on filler paper – no tear out paper will be accepted! If I cannot read it, it is wrong!
Two points will be deducted from assignments which do not meet these requirements. I will not accept assignments turned in with the margins ripped up. Please trim it off neatly.
LATE WORK POLICY
All work must be turned in on the due date, this includes current events, homework, article analysis, etc. If you do not have your assignment on the due date, you must turn it in the following day for half credit. In addition, if the assignment is not turned in on the second day, the student will receive a zero.
CHEATING, RESPECT, AND TARDINESS
a. A student who uses another’s work for her own has broken trust with the teacher, and the class. See Students Handbook for school policy on Academic Dishonesty.
b. Respect in our classroom is extremely important. All students are expected to show respect to the teacher and other classmates at all times. Respectful behavior includes, but is not limited to…..
i. Listening while someone else is speaking
ii. Keeping critical remarks and put down to oneself
iii. Using classroom equipment properly and with care
Any disrespectful or inappropriate behavior will result in a 3-point infraction as stated in the Student Handbook
c. Students are expected to be on time and present for class each day.
i. See Student Handbook for the school policy on tardiness to school and class
ii. Students who miss surprise or homework quizzes because they are tardy will generally not be able to make up the points missed for the quizzes. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE FIRST BLOCK AND FOR THE BLOCK AFTER LUNCH. If the reason for the tardiness is acceptable, students may be given other work to make up the missed points.
OTHER CLASSROOM GUIDELINES
The attached syllabus details reading assignments, unit assignments, quiz and test dates and other relevant information for each unit. It is organized on a week to week basis.
Syllabus broken out week by week. Major assignments (quizzes and tests) listed along with some but not all in-class essays and writing assignments.
Chapter 1, Sabato
The Origins of American Government, pgs 3-11
In class exercise on the Constitution.
Free Response Question
Chapter 1, Sabato, pages 11-30.
Locke, “Second Treatise of Civil Government”, pgs 4-10
Roche, “The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action”, pgs 10-31
Beard, “Framing the Constitution,” pgs 31-40
In class essay
Quiz, chapter 1, Sabato.
Chapter two, US Constitution, Sabato, pages 31-45due Wednesday
Chapter 2, Sabato, pages 46-64, due Friday
Federalist papers, 41-51
Woll, chapter 2, pages 51-72
Outline annotated constitution, Sabato, pages 66-94,
Quiz, Sabato chapter 2
Woll, pages 84-102
Chapter 3, Federalism, Sabato, pages 95-104
Chapter 3, Sabato, pages 104-107 due Wednesday
Chapter 3, Sabato, pages 107-121, due Thursday
In class essay
Woll, pgs 74-84
Unit Test, chapters 1-3
Sabato, chapter 4
County commissioner simulation
Unit Two: Political Behavior
Sabato, chapter 11, Political Socialization and Public Opinion, pages 391-403, due Wednesday
Woll, pages 204-212
Attitude formation exercise
Sabato, chapter 11, pages 403-418due Friday
Quiz, Sabato, chapter 11
Sabato, chapter 12, Political Parties, pages 419-427
Analysis of midterm elections
Sabato, chapter 12, Political Parties 427-461
Woll, pages 181-198
In class essay
Quiz, Sabato, chapter 12
Sabato, chapter 13, Voting and Elections, pages 461-481 due Wednesday
Woll, pgs 199-212
Sabato, chapter 13, pages 481-492 due Friday
Film, “The Candidate”
Sabato, chapter 14, The Campaign Process, pages 507-521 due Wednesday
In class essay
Sabato, chapter 14, pages 522-534 due Thursday
Quiz, chapters 13 and 14
Sabato, chapter 15, The Media, pages 545-561 due Tuesday
Sabato, chapter 15, The Media, pages 561-579 due Thursday
Quiz chapter 15
Unit Test, chapters 11-15