Open to Sixth and Fifth Formers. This course will consist of six units of study—one
each on the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. Students will
learn about each country’s political system including its institutions, political culture,
elections and parties, and political and economic changes from 1900 to present.
Comparisons will be made throughout our course of study both among these countries
and with the U.S. political system. There is no prior knowledge expected of any of the
countries of study; however, students who have already taken U.S. History or have a
strong background knowledge of the U.S. political system will be better positioned to
make the relevant comparisons. This course will prepare students to take the AP
Comparative Government and Politics exam, though that is not required. The text for
this course is Mark Kesselman’s Introduction to Comparative Politics: Political
Challenges and Changing Agendas (8th edition).