AP Comparative Government and Politics

Current, timely, and engaging, this course will prepare you to navigate today's multipolar world and rapidly changing international relations. Using six case studies, we explore how questions of policy get decided in different societies, and make meaning of daily headlines.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Students will engage in six case studies, exploring the politics and government of the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico.

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

Erik Torjesen

"You should take this course if you desire to be an active citizen of the world. You will explore and examine politics around the world, and will debate and discuss current issues as they happen."

AP Comparative Government and Politics

ID: 42031 Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester II
Credit: Social Studies
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of B or higher in a tenth or eleventh grade social studies course; or current teacher recommendation.
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

This college level course is intended to help students better understand the diverse constitutional, ideological, and social bases of political leadership exercised by different countries. Six countries, China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia are examined. Basic concepts to be covered are: the sources of sovereignty, public authority and political power; national and international political institutions; the relationship between citizens, state, and society; the causes and effects of political and economic change; and various areas of public policy. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


AP Comparative Government gives one the opportunity to contextualize government institutions from different regions of the world. Apart from exploring the functions of government in each case study, you will gain a greater insight on how cultural differences, historical events, and public policy affects the daily workings of government. This course has been especially helpful for me as someone interested in pursuing a career in relation to international politics.