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AP Comparative Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in comparative government and politics. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students cultivate their understanding of comparative government and politics through analysis of data and text-based sources as they explore topics like power and authority, legitimacy and stability, democratization, internal and external forces, and methods of political analysis.
AP Comparative Government and Politics Course at a Glance
Excerpted from the AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description, the Course at a Glance document outlines the topics and skills covered in the AP Comparative Government and Politics course, along with suggestions for sequencing.
AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP Program in general. The CED was updated in the summer of 2020 to include scoring guidelines for the example questions.
AP Comparative Government and Politics CED Errata Sheet
This document details the updates made to the course and exam description (CED) in September 2019. It includes printable copies of the updated pages, which can be used as replacement sheets in your CED binder. Note: It does not include the scoring guidelines, which were added to the online CED in the summer of 2020.
AP Comparative Government and Politics CED Scoring Guidelines
This document details how each of the sample free-response questions in the course and exam description (CED) would be scored. This information is now in the online CED but was not included in the binders teachers received in 2019.
AP Comparative Government and Politics CED Scoring Rubric: Argument Essay
This document features general scoring criteria that apply to Free-Response Question 4: Argument Essay, regardless of specific question prompt.
Based on the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students should know and be able to do to, with a focus on big ideas that encompass core principles, theories, and processes of the discipline. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced comparative political science coursework and to be active and informed about politics abroad.
The AP Comparative Government and Politics framework is organized into five commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
|Unit 1: Political Systems, Regimes, and Governments||18%–27%|
|Unit 2: Political Institutions||22%–33%|
|Unit 3: Political Culture and Participation||11%–18%|
|Unit 4: Party and Electoral Systems and Citizen Organizations||13%–18%|
|Unit 5: Political and Economic Changes and Development||16%–24%|
The AP Comparative Government and Politics framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills, called disciplinary practices, that students should practice throughout the year—practices that will help them learn to think and act like comparative political scientists.
|1. Concept Application||Apply political concepts and processes in authentic contexts.|
|2. Country Comparison||Compare political concepts and processes among the course countries (China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom).|
|3. Data Analysis||Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, graphs, maps, and infographics.|
|4. Source Analysis||Read, analyze, and interpret text-based sources.|
|5. Argumentation||Develop an argument in essay format.|
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