U.S. Government and Politics is designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest Groups, mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, and civil rights and civil liberties. These issues will be explored in class through a thematic approach dependent upon the participation of students in small and large group discussions. It will stress analysis of the functionality and ideology of government through a comparative lens. Students will be asked to think analytically, read critically, and communicate ideas with others. Through the use of the Apex course U.S. Government and Politics, students will independently work through these topics in a broader, chronological sense.