This unit focuses on three major aspects of the AP exam: Foundations of Government, the Constitution, and  Federalism, and .  Here are the big picture topics for each that are critical to understand:


Constitutional Underpinnings:

  • Philosophers: Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, etc.
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention and key compromises
  • Ratification & Federalists vs. Anti-Fedrealists
  • Background of the Constitution (Causes, Convention, Ratification, Federalists, etc.)
  • Separation of Powers
  • Checks and Balances
  • Theories of Democracy



Social Security

Health Care