Mr. Michael Baser
Course Title



“The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty”

Thomas Jefferson


Welcome to an exciting year learning about how things really work.


Mr. Baser

Room 824



Introduction:    This AP course is designed to be equivalent to a one semester college introductory class in United States government and politics; such as Poli Sci 110 at ASU. Since this class is two semesters long, we are also able to incorporate enough economic theory to satisfy the district requirements for Economics as well as Government. Make no mistakes; this course will require college level thinking and behavior. This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. The course also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and idea that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.


Goals:  Students successfully completing this course will:


·        know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics   


·        understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)


·        be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics


·        be prepared to earn college credit by scoring a 3 or better on the AP exam



All students will prepare for and participate in an AP examination in May







Topics: To help students meet these goals, the course will cover the following;  


1.      Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

2.      Political Beliefs and Behaviors

3.      Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media

4.      Institutions of National Government

5.      Public Policy

6.      Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

7.      Arizona State Government

8.      Economic Theory and Practice


ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments may be given some class time but, expect up to an hour of homework on most nights. Most class time will be devoted to discussing and analyzing concepts and events. Due dates will vary so write them down. Assignments one day late may be accepted for ½ CREDIT. All other late papers may receive NO CREDIT.


ACTIVITIES: In-class activities are exactly that. You can’t do them if you’re not in class. Quizzes are considered in-class activities, so…….QUIZZES CANNOT BE MADE UP. (but points can).


TESTS: Tests will be given on each unit. The class grading scale is as follows:


90---100 = A         Make up tests, because of an excused absence or

80-- 89.9 = B        sweep must be arranged with the teacher outside of class

70-- 79.9 = C        time and must be taken within one week of your return.

60-- 69.9 = D        Anyone attending class on test day must take the test. Ask

00-- 59.9 = F         about re-takes


GRADING: You will be graded on a point system, with points being given for assignments, activities, quizzes, tests, and participation. A running total of all points will be kept for the whole semester. I DO NOT AVERAGE 9 WEEK GRADES.


ABSENCES/ SWEEPS: Attendance is essential to the nature of this class. Not only will you miss activities and points but the group will miss your opinions/ valuable contributions to the class. If you show up at the door late you must go to sweep.


BOOKS/ MATERIALS: Bring materials to class everyday. Participation points may be forfeited for not having your materials in class.


CLASSROOM BEHVIOR: Cell phones and other electronic devices shall be turned off and out of sight. Any classroom disruptions (except violent behavior), will be dealt with in the following manner:

                                                1st incident- verbal warning (confiscate cell phone)

                                                2nd incident- removal from class to detention

                                                3rd incident- Assistant Principal and parent contact