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AP Comparative Government and Politics

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Comparative Government and Politics course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP Comparative Government and Politics workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Comparative Government and Politics Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Comparative Government and Politics and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP Comparative Government and Politics 2010 Released Exam
  • Briefing Papers

Curriculum Module: Democratization Update: Nation-States in Transition

The countries studied in this course are dynamic entities; all are in various states of political transition, and it is a challenge for teachers and students to keep up with the changes. Rather than simply update facts about each nation-state, this curriculum module organizes information around a central comparative framework and presents democratization as a unifying concept for studying and comparing six nation-states in transition. It focuses on three lessons that teachers can employ sequentially to facilitate student exploration of the concept of democratization and to provide a basis for comparing nations. The lessons include:

  • Procedural Democracy
  • Substantive Democracy
  • Democracy and Economic Development

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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