• Civics Requirement:

    Connecticut state law and New Canaan High School require a semester course in civics for graduation. To fulfill the requirement students can take one of the following course offerings:

    Civics

    Grade: 11 - 12 
    Duration: 1 Semester 
    Prerequisite: None 
    Credit: 0.5 per Semester, fulfills civics requirement

    This course will focus on the American political system from both theoretical and practical perspectives, with the overall goal to be that of educating students to be active participants in the nation’s political, social and economic process.

    Text: GOVT 6,Sidlow and Henschen

    CIVICS CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

    Advanced Placement Comparative Politics

    Grades: 11-12 
    Duration: 1 semester 
    Prerequisite: None 
    Credit: 0.5 per Semester, fulfills civics requirement

    This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Coursework is calculated to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination and includes the study of the rich diversity of political life, available institutional alternatives, differences in processes and policy outcomes, and the importance of global political and economic changes. In addition, students will undertake seven country studies to prepare for the exam: Great Britain, United States, Russian Federation, Nigeria, Mexico, China, and Iran; and study the workings of the European Union.

    Texts: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Kesselman; Readings in Comparative Politics, 2nd Ed.; Additional readings & case studies from online sources, including library databases

    COLLEGE BOARD AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS COURSE DESCRIPTION/CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

    Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics

    Grade: 12 
    Duration: 2 Semesters 
    Prerequisite: Course average of 70 in AP US History or 90 in American Studies or US History * and Department Approval 
    Credit: 0.5 per Semester, fulfills civics requirement

    This course is designed to help students develop a working knowledge of the important concepts, theories, and facts of American government and politics. Coursework is calculated to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination and includes the study of public policy, government institutions, political parties, interest groups, public opinion, mass media, and civil rights. Political theory, and political beliefs, attitudes, and actions will also be addressed. Students will be required to complete the rigorous reading and writing expected in any Advanced Placement course in history or the social studies

    COLLEGE BOARD AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS COURSE DESCRIPTION/CURRICULUM OVERVIEW