•  Welcome to AP Comparative Government! 

    The AP Comparative Exam is Thursday morning, May 14, 2020.  We will have review sessions before then.  Please stay tuned to NPZ and your school email for the schedule.

    -Meeting reporting sheet (to be attached to your notes and handed in) is here

    -Community Service hours log is here.  Due Jan 22, 2020.  (May be turned in any time before that)

    -Fall 2019 Course Outline is here

     

    Class topics and Homework:

    Date/Unit

    Class Topics & Work

    Homework & Readings

    Wed Sept 4 & Thurs Sept 5

    Overview of course

    ·         review of syllabus

    ·         expectations

    ·        introduction to countries

    Study for the quiz on summer current events in our 6 countries 

    Fri Sept 6 & Mon Sept 9

     

     

    Discussion of events over summer

    ·         current events quiz

     Go to CIA world factbook website.  Write a 1-page intro/summary sheet about your focus country

    Tues Sept 10 & Wed Sept 11

    Focus Countries

    -use your notes and computers to research and prepare presentations for the class on your country

     

     

     

     Complete your group's project.  Email it to me as an attachment.  Be ready to present to the class. 

    Thurs Sept 12 & Fri Sept 13

    Country Presentations

    Iran 1A Iran 1A

    China 1A China 1A 

    Great Britain 1A UK 1A

    Mexico 1A Mexico 1A

    Russia 1A Russia 1A

    Nigeria 1A Nigeria 1A

    Iran 4B Iran presentation

    Great Britain 4B UK 4B 

    China 4B China 4B 

    Mexico 4B Mexico 4B

    Russia 4B Russia 4B 

    Nigeria 4B Nigeria 4B

    Find and draw a diagram of your country's government.  Show or be prepared to describe how power can be checked, limited, or shared, etc. 

    Mon Sept 16 & Tues Sept 17

    Complete Country Presentations

    Overview of states: unitary, federal and confederation

    Democracies: features Democracies

    Types of democracies? (if time) 

     

    Write a 1-2 page description of your country in terms of democratic features--How democratic is your country? 

    Wed Sept 18 

     Watch Putin's Revenge

     

    Thurs Sept 19 & Fri Sept 20

    Democracy v Authoritarianism

    Features of democracy--analysis and sorting of our countries 4B government ranking   1A government ranking

    How to answer an FRQ....

    Country Reports update directions

     FRQs on Authoritarianism and Democracy FRQs on autocracy 

     

    Russia country reports: 

    Gia, Keaton, Ryan and Sam-4B

    Ari and Rayna-1A

     

    Mon Sept 23 & Tues Sept 24

    Power and Authority

    Sources of Power and Authority

    Changes of Power and Authority

    Russia Reports

    Read the articles on China.  Then write a 1-2 page response analyzing the Chinese government's use of power and authority.  Address the following questions:

    1. How does the Chinese government choose to use power in support of sovereignty?
    2. How does the Chinese government exercise power when faced with a large portion of the population that supports change?
    3. How do you think the protests in Hong Kong will impact power and authority for the Chinese government? Make some predictions and support with evidence.

    Iran Country reports:

    Levi, Emma, Christina-4B

    Megan, Wells, Jacob-1A

    Wed Sept 25 & Thurs Sept 26

    Federal, Unitary Power

    Iran Reports

    Unitary, Federal and Confederate governments

    devolution, centralization of power

    Read Guide to Devolution in Britain and be prepared to discuss

    China Country Reports: 

    Jay, Aedan, Jack and Oliver-4B

    Tsela and Kyle-1A

    Fri Sept 27 & Tues Oct 1

    Legitimacy

    China Reports

    gaining legitimacy  sustaining legitimacy 

    Recap--notes on unit 1--Basics of States

    Study for the quest

     

    Mexico Country Reports:

    Cormac, Julian and Ngaio-4B

    Matt, Sierra and Wells-1A

     

     

    Wed Oct 2 & Thurs Oct 3

    Unit 1 Quest (40 min) 

    Mexico Reports

     Nigeria Country Reports:

    April, Grace, Abbie and Emily-4B

    Francesca and Maddie-1A

    Fri Oct 4 & Mon Oct 7

     Debate (based on 2019 sample argument FRQ):

    Are authoritarian or Democratic Regimes better at maintaining sovereignty? 

     Nigeria Reports

     

     Britain Country Reports:

    Amerlia, Mohamed, Orla, Alina-4B

    Shawn and Becca-1A

    Tues Oct 8 & Thurs Oct 10

    Unit 2--political structures & institutions

    Political systems notes

    Britain Reports

    Debrief FRQ/Debate 

     

     

    Russia country reports: 

    Gia, Keaton, Ryan and Sam-4B

    Ari and Rayna-1A

    Fri Oct 11 & Wed Oct 16

    Executives & their powers

    Russia Reports

     

    Iran Country reports:

    Levi, Emma, Christina-4B

    Megan, Wells, Jacob-1A

    Thurs Oct 17 & Fri Oct 18

    Executive powers and trends....

    Iran Reports

     

    China Country Reports: 

    Jay, Aedan, Jack and Oliver-4B

    Tsela and Kyle-1A

     Mon Oct 21 & Tues Oct 22

    Executive powers and trends... 

    4B Executives and their powers  

    China Reports 

     

    Mexico Country Reports:

    Cormac, Julian and Ngaio-4B

    Matt, Sierra and Wells-1A

    Wed Oct 23 & Thurs Oct 24

     

    Elective systems-Legislatures

    Mexico Reports 

     

    Nigeria Country Reports:

    April, Grace, Abbie and Emily-4B

    Francesca and Maddie-1A

    Fri Oct 25 & Mon Oct 28

    Legislative Systems & Independence of legislatures

    electoral systems and legislatures

     

    Nigeria Reports
     

    Britain Country Reports:

    Amerlia, Mohamed, Orla, Alina-4B

    Shawn and Becca-1A

    Tues Oct 29 & Wed Oct 30

     

     Legislative Systems & Independence of legislatures 

     

    Great Britain Reports

     

    Russia country reports: 

    Gia, Keaton, Ryan and Sam-4B

    Ari and Rayna-1A

    Thurs Oct 31 & Fri Nov 1

    Judicial systems & their indpendence Judicial systems

    Governments recap/analysis

    Kahoot

    Russia Reports

     

    Prepare for debate

    4B--look over Judicial PPT and be prepared to ask questions 

    Iran Country reports:

    Levi, Emma, Christina-4B

    Megan, Wells, Jacob-1A

    Mon Nov 4

    (4B)

    Finish Judicial Systems and their independence

    Government structure recap/analysis

    Debate (if time) 

    Study for Quiz  Kahoot (search "AP Comp Political Structures and Institutions Review")

    China Country Reports: 

    Jay, Aedan, Jack and Oliver-4B

    Wed Nov 6

    (1A)

    Debate: Presidential V Parliamentary systems...

    kahoot review

    Iran Reports

    Study for Quiz

    China Country Reports: 

    Tsela and Kyle-1A

    Thurs Nov 7 & Fri Nov 8

     Quiz on Unit 2-political structures & institutions

    China Reports

     

    Mexico Country Reports:

    Cormac, Julian and Ngaio-4B

    Matt, Sierra and Wells-1A

    Tues Nov 12

    (4B)

    Debate on Presidential v Parliamentary systems

    No Country Reports!!

     

    Wed Nov 13 and Thurs Nov 14

    Unit 3- Political culture and participation

    Mexico Reports

    Political Culture and Socialization introduction

    -Kinds of participation

    -factors that influence participation (regime type, culture, rights)

    -evaluating data

     

    Research civil society in assigned country Homework directions

    Nigeria Country Reports:

    April, Grace, Abbie and Emily-4B

    Francesca and Maddie-1A

    Fri Nov 15 & Mon Nov 18

    Civil Society 

    Notes block 1A  

    notes block 4B

    Nigeria Reports

     

    Civil Society FRQ FRQ

    Britain Country Reports:

    Amerlia, Mohamed, Orla, Alina-4B

    Shawn and Becca-1A

    Tues Nov 19 & Wed Nov 20

    Political culture and values

    Britain Reports 

    American political cultures

    Looking at data on other countries' cultures

    old notes on political culture & socialization

     

     

    Russia country reports: 

    Gia, Keaton, Ryan and Sam-4B

    Ari and Rayna-1A

    Thurs Nov 21 & Fri Nov 22

    Watch PBS Iran and Saudi Arabia....

    Russia Reports will be given Monday and Tuesday

     Research your assigned country's political culture.  Prepare a 1-2 pages summary and be prepared to present/discuss. 

    Iran Country reports:

    Levi, Emma, Christina-4B

    Megan, Wells, Jacob-1A

    Mon Nov 25 & Tues Nov 26

    Political culture--analysis of impact

    Iran and Russia Reports

     

    China Country Reports: 

    Jay, Aedan, Jack and Oliver-4B 

    Tsela and Kyle-1A

    Wed Dec 4 & Thurs Dec 5

     

    China Reports

    kahoot refresher (and political culture)

    introduce final research paper Research paper overview 

     

     

     

    Complete all FRQs on political culture and civil society FRQs

    Mexico Country Reports:

    Cormac, Julian and Ngaio-4B

    Matt, Sierra and Will-1A

     

    Fri Dec 6 & Mon Dec 9

    Data analysis and political culture

    Mexico Reports

     

    FRQ on corruption CORRUPTION FRQ

    Nigeria Country Reports:

    April, Grace, Abbie and Emily-4B

    Francesca and Maddie-1A

     

    Tues Dec 10 & Wed Dec 11

    REASEARCH QUESTION AND 5 SOURCES DUE WEDNESDAY

    Nigeria Reports 

    Ideologies 

    influenced by: expectations of government role, expectations of government strength, beliefs and values.

    Generic ideology political compass--self assessment, comparative contect 

    Ideologies overview

    FRQs on Ideology Ideologies FRQs

    Britain Country Reports:

    Amerlia, Mohamed, Orla, Alina-4B

    Shawn and Becca-1A

     Thurs Dec 12 & Fri Dec 13

    Britain Reports

    Great Britain elections!!--media and celebration

    Population Pyramids-

    NO COUNRY REPORTS

    FRQ on Population Pyramids Population FRQ

    Mon Dec 16 & Wed Dec 18

     Unit 3 Summary and Review

    Cleavages

    Summary of unit

    Jeopardy review questions

    NOT COUNTRY REPORTS

    Quiz cancelled

    Thurs Dec 19 & Fri Dec 20

    Unit 3 Quiz Cancelled--kahoot game (not graded)in lieu of quiz

    RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE (shortened blocks) 

    Finish Research Paper Bibliography

     Thurs Jan 2 & Fri Jan 3

    Unit 4--Party and Electoral Systems

    --functions of parties 

    --formal v informal participation?

    --Outline guidelines Outline handout

     

    Work on research and research outline

    Russia country reports (no written report): 

    Gia, Keaton, Ryan and Sam-4B

    Ari and Rayna-1A

    Mon Jan 6 & Tues Jan 7

     Party systems

    --how does multi-party versus single party impact government?

    --country studies

    --How does electoral system influence party development? (review)  

    notes on parties and party systems

     

    Work on research and research outline

    Iran Country reports (no written report):

    Levi, Emma, Christina-4B

    Megan, Wells, Jacob-1A

    Wed Jan 8 & Thurs Jan 9

    Electoral systems

    --Review of systems

    --Electoral rules in countries

    work on research and research outline

    China Country Reports (no written report): 

    Jay, Aedan, Jack and Oliver-4B 

    Tsela and Kyle-1A

     Fri Jan 10 & Tues Jan 14

    Unit 5--Economic and Economic Changes and Development

    PAPER OUTLINE & MEETING WITH MS ARKANS DUE Friday Jan 10

     

    work on final paper and country review packet

    Mexico Country Reports(no written report):

    Cormac, Julian and Ngaio-4B

    Matt, Sierra and Will-1A

    Wed Jan 15 & Thurs Jan 16

    Economic and Social Policies 

    What are they, potential impacts (positive and negative)

    What policies have your country's adopted and what have the results been? notes

     

    work on final paper and ocuntry review packet

    Nigeria Country Reports (no written report):

    April, Grace, Abbie and Emily-4B

    Francesca and Maddie-1A

    Britain Country Reports (no written report):

    Amerlia, Mohamed, Orla, Alina-4B

    Shawn and Becca-1A

    Fri Jan 17

     Finish notes on policies

    work on final paper 

     work on final paper

    Jan 20 - Jan 24

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    Friday Jan 24

     FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE!  
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