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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that launched in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching AP Comparative Government and Politics in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit an AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Comparative Government and Politics unit guide

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and that you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

 

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Designing Your AP Comparative Government and Politics Course

Overview

The AP Comparative Government and Politics course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in comparative government and politics. Your course needs to introduce students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of countries. The course should aim to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, 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.

There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Comparative Government and Politics.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Creating Your Syllabus

Use these resources to design your syllabus.

 

AP Comparative Government and Politics curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level comparative government and politics textbook, news media, and diverse sources including: primary and secondary texts, quantitative data, and visual sources such as images and/or maps.
  • The course provides opportunities to deepen student understanding of the required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description.
  • The course provides opportunities to deepen student understanding of the big ideas of the course.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills in the disciplinary practices:
    • Disciplinary Practice 1: Concept Application
    • Disciplinary Practice 2: Country Comparison (China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom)
    • Disciplinary Practice 3: Data Analysis
    • Disciplinary Practice 4: Source Analysis
    • Disciplinary Practice 5: Argumentation

AP Comparative Government and Politics resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a copy of a college-level comparative government and politics textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level comparative government and politics textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to primary sources, a variety of news sources, and other information sources in order to understand contemporary political changes that may not be covered in the textbook.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Comparative Government and Politics. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Comparative Government and Politics AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Comparative Government and Politics classroom, please consult the AP Comparative Government and Politics Teacher Community.

  • Barrington, Lowell. Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • Clark, William Roberts, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder. Principles of Comparative Politics. Sage, CQ Press
  • Danzinger, James N. Understanding the Political World: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science. Pearson.
  • Green, December, and Laura Luehrmann. Comparative Politics of the Third World: Linking Concepts and Cases. Rienner.
  • Hague, Rod, and Martin Harrop. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction. Palgrave.
  • Hauss, Charles, and Melissa Hauss. Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • Kesselman, Mark, Joel Krieger, and William A. Joseph. Introduction to Comparative Politics. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • McCormick, John. Comparative Politics in Transition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • O’Neil, Patrick, Essentials of Comparative Politics, Norton.
  • O’Neil, Patrick H., Karl Fields, and Don Share. Cases in Comparative Politics. Norton.
  • O’Neil, Patrick H., Karl Fields, and Don Share. Essentials of Comparative Politics with Cases AP edition. Norton.
  • Powell, G, Bingham, Russel J. Dalton, and Kaare Strom. Comparative Politics Today, A World View. Pearson.
  • Roskin, Michael G. Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture. Pearson.
  • Samuels, David J. Comparative Politics and Cases in Comparative Politics. Pearson.
  • Wood, Ethel. AP Comparative Government and Politics: An Essential Coursebook and Study Guide. Woodyard Publications.