Taught By Wilkinson, Caitlin
Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life across the globe, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Careful comparison of political systems produces useful knowledge about the institutions and policies countries have employed to address problems, or what they have done to make things worse. Furthermore, by comparing the political institutions and practices of developed and developing countries, students can begin to understand the political consequences of economic well-being.
AP Comparative Government and Politics is a course based on the content established and copyrighted by the College Board. The course is not intended to be used as a dual credit course. AP Comparative Government and
Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social
challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. Topics include: Introduction to Comparative Politics; Sovereignty, Authority, and Power; Political institutions; Citizens, Society, and the State; Political and Economic Change; Public Policy.
Recommended Grade Level: 11, 12
Recommended Prerequisites: United States Government. Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
Credits: 1 to 2 semester course, 1 credit per semester
Counts as an Elective for all diplomas
No longer fulfills the US Government requirement for an