Comparative Government and Politics
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.
The seven-day course will examine one daily theme and it will spend an additional session reviewing and tying together major concepts. Students compare and contrast political institutions and processes across six countries (Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria) and analyze and interpret data to derive generalizations. Topics include:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Sovereignty, Authority, and Power
Citizens, Society, and the State
Political and Economic Change
Public Policy The emphasis should be on broad trends that allow comparison, rather than on details that are unrelated to larger trends and concepts
Due to the condensed nature of this course, the Barron's AP Comparative Government and Politics book will be used. In addition, the class will focus heavily on case studies that allow students to analyze the differences between governments.