live: $ 240
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TUESDAY 2:00 - 3:15 pm EST (2nd Semester Only)
Prerequisite: U.S. Government
This Advanced Placement course, approved by College Board as an official AP designated class, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge about the workings of government in different parts of the world. Six core countries: Britain, Iran, Russia, China, Mexico, and Nigeria, provide the case studies for which students examine the various political processes and policy outcomes. By the end of this course, students will understand comparative political concepts and themes, be able to analyze and interpret data essential to comparative politics, gain an understanding of political behavior and consequences in various countries, and compare/contrast political institutions and processes across the countries. The course begins with an introduction to comparative politics with an explanation of why we study comparative politics and how we study comparative politics. Then the curriculum follows a country by country approach in which the topics of sovereignty/power, political institutions, civil society, political and economic change, and public policy are explored.
Weekly homework reinforces the content taught in class and the teacher is available during live office hours and by email to assist students. Assignments are graded and students receive a mid-term report as well as a year-end course credit report.