This survey course in American government is a semester course designed to give the student a basic understanding of our governmental system from its early beginnings to its modern day applications. The student will be introduced to the most basic freedoms Americans hold dear to their hearts. This course will expand to include the institutions of American government (three branches), how they check and balance each other, how they share powers, how they make policy, how they operate in our political culture, and most importantly, how they react to the American voters and public opinion. Political parties will be discussed as well as the political process of campaigning.
This 3-week semester course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.
Barbara Asher is an experienced teacher who graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master's in Applied Psychology. She has been teaching at American Heritage School for 19 years. In that time she has had several leadership positions, including club advisor, yearbook advisor, department chair and senior advisor. She is also proud to have taught 5 different AP courses with a passing rate of approximately 90%.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.