AP Comparative Government

  • Course number: T140S (Summer), T140F (Fall), T140W (Winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 11-12
  • Credits: .5 (per semester)
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This college level course analyzes the political systems of the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and Iran. By examining these six countries, students will develop an understanding of political concepts and themes, become proficient at comparing and contrasting different political processes and behaviors and be able to analyze and interpret current political developments in these countries. It is expected that students electing this course will take the AP exam, for which there is a fee.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Instructional methods include discussions, lecture, exposure to and assessment of current articles and book excerpts, written activities, group work, presentations, class debate and guest speakers. Assessments include tests, quizzes, in-class written essays, case studies, formal papers, presentations and summaries of opinions on relevant articles and current issues.

Recommended Background for Success: Students should demonstrate an ability to read college-level materials. Interest in and desire to learn more about the global environment we now live in.

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