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AP U.S. Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government is taught at the college level and is a difficult and demanding course for many high school students. The main objective of this course is to measures students' understanding of American political culture and the interactions of governing and linkage institutions. Students study general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and analyze specific topics, including:  Constitutional Underpinnings; Political Beliefs and Behaviors; Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media; Institutions of National Government; Public Policy; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Students who successfully complete the course will have a good chance of passing the Advanced Placement U.S. test in May and thus may receive college credit for the course.

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political, economic, and social challenges as well as political structures and policies among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. For each country, students will have to analyze and interpret each of the following topics: Comparative Politics; Sovereignty, Authority, and Power; Political Institutions; Citizens, Society, and the State; Political and Economic Change; and Public Policy. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. Students who successfully complete the course will have a good chance of passing the Advanced Placement Comparative exam in May and thus may receive college credit for the course.

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