Advanced Placement U.S. and Comparative Government and Politics Jennifer Rodgers Jennifer.Rodgers@lcps.org Dominion High School 2012-2013 Course Description Today’s increasingly interdependent world has made it necessary for students to think globally. It is imperative for young citizens to understand political processes and political events not just from our own country, but from a diversity of countries around the world. To gain understanding of international events we must examine political structures and perspectives of other nations and how they compare, affect, and interact with one another. Comparisons assist both in identifying problems and in analyzing policymaking. Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics along with Advanced Placement Comparative Government provides a yearlong course on government. We focus on the United States along with six core comparative countries: the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. Course Texts James Wilson and John DiIulio. American Government: Institutions and Policies, 8th ed. Boston: Hough Mifflin Company, 2001. Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, and William Joseph. Introduction to Comparative Politics, 6th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012. This text is available online. Current articles from various journals and news sources will also be an integral part of the course reading. Recommended: We recommend that students purchase a copy of the A.P. Comparative Government Study Guide by Ethel Wood. This may be purchased on amazon.com for about $18. We will place a group order for the book at a price of $14. Make a check payable to Dominion High School and bring it to me by September 6th if you would like a copy. Organization/Class Requirements Reading/ Study Questions—Students will be expected to read each chapter in the text, as well as supplemental readings, and complete study questions. Reading Quizzes—Students will be given quizzes upon each reading assignment. (Approximately 4-5 quizzes per quarter x 10 points per quiz) Seminar Discussion—Students will be expected to participate in class discussions about once per week, which require them to analyze and evaluate the text, supplemental reading materials, and related graphs and charts. Students will be graded on participation. (Approximately 4-5 seminars per quarter x 5 points per seminar) Discussion Board—Students will discuss upon class readings and current events through an online discussion every week or two. (4-6 entries per quarter x 5 points) Additional Writing Assignments—There will be one major writing assignment per quarter. 1st quarter students will write a “political socialization auto ethnography” (analyzing their own political beliefs). 2nd quarter students will enter a state or national essay contest relevant to the course. 3rd quarter students will prepare an annotated bibliography and 4th quarter students will complete a public policy research paper. (50-100 points per writing assignment) Projects/Presentations/Internet Search Activities—Students will complete additional assignments that utilize internet resources to supplement the textbook. (10- 20 points, depending on the assignment) Tests—Tests consist of a vocabulary short answer section, as well as multiple choice questions and free response questions similar to those students can anticipate seeing on the A.P. exam. (Each test is worth 100-150 points) Journal—Bellringers, closure activities, practice Free Response Questions, and other in-class formative assessments will be kept in a class journal. Journals will be checked at the end of the quarter. Journals will be graded on completion of each entry and accuracy of two entries (one selected by the teacher, one selected by the student). 50 points **The summer assignment will count for 70 points in the first quarter. Course Sequence Introduction Week Lesson Reading/Data Analysis 1-2 *Kesselman Chapter 1 Introduction Projects and Special Assignments * Data analysis Political Culture 3-4 4-5 American Political Culture, Public Opinion, Political Participation Comparative Political Culture *Wilson Chapter 4, 5, 6 *Political Ideology Surveys *Political autoethnography *relevant pages from Kesselman *Country comparisons * Propaganda Assignment Political Culture Test Constitutional Underpinnings 5-6 The *Wilson Ch. 2 Constitution *U.S. Constitution *Federalist No. 10 and No. 51 6 Comparative Constitutions *primary sources (country Constitutions) *re-write the Constitution in your own words *Comparative Constitutions Activity 7 Federalism *Wilson Ch. 3 8 Comparative: Federal vs. Unitary Governments * relevant pages from Kesselman *Research and presentation of laws/cases related to federalism * Country Comparisons Federalism Test Linkage Institutions 9-10 U.S. Political Parties and Elections 10-11 Comparative Political Parties and Elections *Wilson Chapters 7 and 8 *Presidential elections project * relevant pages from Kesselman *Essay contests *Country Comparisons 12 U.S. Interest Groups *Wilson Chapter 9 *websites of various interest groups 13 Comparative Interest Groups * relevant pages from Kesselman Political Parties and Elections Test *Interest Groups research assignment * Country Comparisons Interest Groups Test Institutions 15-16 Legislative Branch *Wilson Chapter 11 *A More Perfect Constitution 17-18 *relevant pages from Kesselman *Country comparisons * Question Hour *Women in Politics Comparative Legislative Branches 19-20 Institutions, continued Legislative Branch Test th Midterm Review: January 7 - 11th Exams: January 14th- 17th 21-22 22-23 Executive Branch: Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Foreign Policy Comparative Executive Branches *Wilson Ch. 12 *Wilson Ch. 13 *Wilson Ch. 20 * relevant pages from Kesselman *State of the Union *More Perfect Constitution *Begin working on Public Policy Research Paper *Country Comparisons Executive Branch Test 23-24 Judiciary *Wilson Ch. 14 *More Perfect Constitution 25 Comparative Judicial Branches * relevant pages from Kesselman *Country Comparisons Judiciary Test Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 25-26 Civil Liberties *Wilson Chapters 18 and 19 and Civil *Supreme Court Opinions (from Rights oyez.org) *research and presentations of landmark court cases 27 *Country comparisons 28-29 30-31 Comparative Civil Liberties and Civil Rights U.S. Public Policy Comparative Public Policy 32-33 Globalization 34-35 Exam Review 5/14 A.P. Exam * relevant pages from Kesselman Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Test *relevant chapters from Wilson *finish public policy research paper *relevant chapters from Kesselman *Country presentations *relevant pages from Kesselman *Finish country presentations The Exam: Tuesday, May 14th The AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam is 2 hours and 25 minutes long. It includes a 45 minute multiple choice section consisting of 60 questions and a 100 minute free response section consisting of 4 questions. This exam is administered in the morning. The AP Comparative Politics Exam is 2 hours and 25 minutes long. It includes a 45 minute multiple choice section consisting of 55 questions and a 100 minute free response section consisting of 5 short answer concept questions, 1 conceptual analysis question, and 2 country context questions.