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Course of Study

Note: Revised February 5, 2000

Text: American Government, James Q. Wilson and John J. DiIulio, Seventh Edition, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1998.

WEEK OF

TOPICS & EXAMS

TEXT READING

SUPPLEMENTARY

READING

1/3 - 1/7

Course Mechanics

Origins of Government

Intro to Political Philosophy

Political Power, Types of Power, The Nature of Democracy.

Chapters 1 and 23

Pluralism - On line

The Power Elite - On Line

Lanahan - 12, 14

1/10 - 1/13

The Nature of the Revolution.

The Constitution and Liberty.



Chapter 2

Lanahan- 9, 15

1/17 - 1/21

(no school 1/17)

Federalism and the Anti Federalists.

The Evolution of Federalism and its Relationship of the States.

Politics in Action

Formulating Economic Policy

Exam

Chapters 3 and 16

Lanahan - 21, 22

1/24 - 1/28

(Testing Week - no school Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Exam

Review of Exam

Read ahead and work on paper

None

1/31 - 2/4

Political Culture

Chapter 4

Political Culture - On Line

2/7 - 2/11

Public Opinion

Political Attitudes and Ideology

Chapter 5

Lanahan 3,5,6

2/14 - 2/18

Political Participation

Exam

Chapter 6

Lanahan 13, 48

2/28 - 3/3

Interest Groups & Political Conflict

The Modern Lobby System

Chapter 9

Lanahan 52, 53, 54

3/6 - 3/10

The American Political Party System.

Development and Characteristics,

Programs and Ideology

Chapter 7

Lanahan - 65, 66, 67, 68, 70

3/13- 3/17

American Election System.

Nominations and Campaigns.

Campaign Financing

Alignment, Realignment and Dealignment

Chapter 8

Lanahan - 59, 61, 63

3/20 - 3/24

Exam

The Role of the Media.

Public Control and Mass Media.

Chapter 10

Lanahan - 71, 72, 73, 74

3/27 - 3/31

Congress

The Policy Structure & Congress

The Structure of Congressional Action

The Committee System.

Exam

Chapter 11

Lanahan - 25, 26, 29, 32

4/3 - 4/7

The Presidency:

Leading the Nation

The Bureaucracy:

Running The Nation

Chapter 12

Lanahan - 38, 39, 40, 41

4/10 - 4/14

The Judicial Process

Structure and Function of the Court System

The Supreme Court and Judicial Activism

Checking the Courts

Chapter 14

Federalist Papers #78 , #79 in Lanahan (42) and Online



Lanahan - 43, 45, 46

4/17 - 4/19

(note: only 3 days)

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Chapters 18 and 19

Lanahan - 75, 76, 79, 80

5/1 - 5/5

Exam

Foreign and Military Policy

Chapters 20 and 21

Lanahan - 91, 92, 93

5/8 - 5/12

Environmental Policy

Chapter 22

TBA

5/15 - 5/16

AP Gov Exam - Tuesday, May 16th


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