Comparative Government and Politics

For use with AP® Courses

Comparative Government and Politics will introduce students to the diverse political environment outside the United States. The course will compare six selected countries with respect to their political structure and policies as well as different challenges within each of those countries. Students will also examine how different governments solve similar problems and then compare the effectiveness of their approach.

One resource that should be widely used in this course is the information provided at apcentral.collegeboard.com. This site contains formerly released free response questions (FRQs) as well as overviews and guidelines as you prepare for the final exams of this course. Most helpful will be the Course Description book which also gives the breakdown of the AP® Exam ™.

The textbooks for this course are:

  • Drogus, Orvis, Introducing Comparative Politics: Concepts and Case in Context, 3rd edition. Sage, CQ Press 2013. This is the primary textbook for the class. The book is arranged in a way that integrates concepts and countries. This will allow you to look at concepts and see them applied in context.
  • Wood, Ethel. AP Comparative Government and Politics: An Essential Coursebook and Study Guide. 6th edition Woodyard Publications, 2013. This supplemental text will help to strengthen your understanding of the countries and assist in preparation for the AP® exam.

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State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 11, 12
Category: Advanced Placement
Course Length: Year