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04158 AP Comparative Government & Politics

AP Comparative Government & Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures, policies, and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students compare the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues by examining how different governments solve similar problems. They also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Comparative Government and Politics.


  • World History II (recommended)

Course Texts and Materials


  • Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges
    ISBN-10: 1337-55480-4 (10th edition), or
    ISBN-13: 978-9386858924 (New 10th edition)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning


  • AP Comparative Government and Politics: An Essential Coursebook and Study Guide (9th edition)
    ISBN-13: 978-1732141032
    Publisher: Woodyard Publications

Terms Offered

Offered in two half-credit semesters:

  • 04158 AP Comparative Government & Politics Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
  • 04158 AP Comparative Government & Politics Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)
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