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AP Comparative Government and Politics

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REVIEW CHART Ultimate review chart.doc - due after the AP Exam

You should be working on this throughout the school year, or else you will be overwhelmed in the spring when it is due.


CGAP - Review I.ppt

CGAP - Review II.ppt




Mexico - Terms to Know.doc

MEXICO intro notes.ppt

NAFTA Websites.doc - access these websites and articles for Socratic Seminar





History of Iran.ppt

Terms to Know.doc

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2009/06/28/weekinreview/20090628_MARSH_GRFK.html - Chart of How Iran works

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8051750.stm - chart of how Iran works

http://www.cfr.org/interactives/CG_Iran/index.html - Council on Foreign Relations Guide to Iran

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/02/09/demystifying-irans-parliamentary-election-process/ - Iran's parliamentary election process



ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY - Please read for the in-class essay.  DUE THURSDAY, February 7th.

Why Sharia.pdf

Islam and Democracy 1.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 2.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 3.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 4.pdf

Islam and Democracy 5.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 6.pdf  

Islam and Democracy 7.pdf




The History of the People’s Republic of China.ppt

China - Terms to Know.doc

Writing Assignment - Wild Swans.doc - Use these questions to guide your reading for the Socratic Seminar on Tuesday, January 23rd.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43189540 - Proposals to amend term limits for Xi Jinping

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41250273 - How China picks its leaders

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41746245 - Meet China's new leaders

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11551399 - Xi Jinping Profile

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Thoughts_Chairman_Xi - Excellent biography of President Xi Jinping

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41746705 - Xi Jinping vs. Deng Xiaoping

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41744675 - Xi Jinping's New Era

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41681968 - China's recent Party Congress Agenda




Notes - The Russian Federation.ppt

Russia-Soviet Union - Terms to Know.doc

Paper on Russia Issues Annotated Bibliography - Annotated Bibliography - S4.doc

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34972707 - Article on Putin's popularity in Russia despite West's criticisms of him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ-Kwr0VFUE - BBC Documentary on "The Power of Putin"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tNlTifCWyk - Charlie Rose Interview of Putin



Please read the following 2 documents for the Socratic Seminar on Wednesday, November 15th.

Create 2 open-ended questions for discussion in class.  You will be graded.




COMMUNISM - HW due TUES Nov 21st


Communism Reading.pdf

Read Chapter 8 in the textbook on Communist and Former Communist Nations



Webquest - European Union Updated.doc



UNITED KINGDOM intro notes.ppt  - Notes for class 10/11



UK Policy




Public Policy Packet.pdf

The Welfare State.pdf

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887 - BREXIT....What you need to know


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11405840 - WHAT IS A QUANGO?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22007058 - Article about the social classes of the U.K.


Read these documents about GLOBALIZATION (CHANGE IN DATE - debate in class on Tuesday 10/3):


Globalization Packet.pdf

Globalization - Points of View.pdf

History of Globalization.pdf




Comparative Political Theory.ppt - Notes from Tuesday 9/19

Political Philosophy.ppt  - Notes 




Read this packet about DEMOCRATIZATION: Due on WEDNESDAY 9/27/17



http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Democracy/On_Democracy_Dahl.html - Excerpt from Robert Dahl's famous book On Democracy

http://news.yahoo.com/people-arent-smart-enough-democracy-flourish-scientists-185601411.html - Article "People aren't smart enough for Democracy to Flourish"


HW due on FRIDAY 9/28/17

What Democracy Is and is Not.pdf - Read this article to answer the questions below.  This is worth 25 points.

Questions - Article 16.doc - Answer these 5 questions in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper.





Summer Assignment.doc

AP Summer Assignment Reading.pdf

Terms List.doc







Nigerian History.ppt 

Nigeria - Terms to Know.doc

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31101351 - Nigeria in maps


ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY - Please read for the in-class essay.  DUE FRIDAY, February 5th.

Why Sharia.pdf

Islam and Democracy 1.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 2.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 3.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 4.pdf

Islam and Democracy 5.pdf 

Islam and Democracy 6.pdf  

Islam and Democracy 7.pdf





European Union.ppt

Webquest - European Union.doc

THE EUROPEAN UNION.doc - This is what you need for the debate on WEDS, 11/12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoYD8d__uzs - video on UK and the EU

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-22061662 - David Cameron and EU reform


Articles on the E.U. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15164497 and  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15161809


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/jan/25/europe-news-eu - Great website to see which countries are putting in more and which countries are net receivers!

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/davos/?hpt=hp_c3 - Interactive Chart on Eurozone Crisis

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/europa - Journalistic efforts at describing the EU crisis

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19366150 - Why is Europe avoiding the "F" word?








https://www.gov.uk/government/policies - Cameron's policies

http://www.conservatives.com/Policy.aspx - current public policy in the U.K.






Current Events about the 6 Countries

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-07-10/british-house-of-lords-elections-parliament-reform/56136200/1 - British House of Lords elected?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19082875 - Anti-Putin group on trial

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19345844 - Russia finally joins the WTO

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19075426 - Mexican generals charged with aiding drug cartels

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18901656 - China as the new colonial power in Africa?

http://www.economist.com/node/21560564 - Mexico's transition period too long?





United Kingdom

Essentials of British Politics Today - Bill Jones



Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 - Stephen Kotkin

Petrostate - Marshall Goldman

Putin's Russia - Lili'ia Federovna Shev'tsova and Antonina W. Bouis

Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy - Anna Politkovskaya



Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China's Reform Era - Teresa Wright

Toward Better Governance in China - Baogang Guo

China in the 21st Century - Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

The Party - Richard McGregor

Factory Girls - Leslie T. Chang

Red Capitalism - Carl E. Walter, Fraser J.T. Howie

Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China - Ian Johnson

Dreams of Joy - Lisa See (fiction)

Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine - Jasper Becker

A Critical Introduction to Mao - edited by Timothy Creek

Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants 2006-2009 - Ai Weiwei and Lee Ambrozy



Politics in Mexico - Roderic Ai Camp

Contemporary Mexican Politics - Emily Edmonds-Poli, David A. Shirk

Opening Mexico:The Making of a Democracy  - Julia Preston, Samuel Dillon

Manana Forever: Mexico and the Mexicans - Jorge G. Castaneda

Cartel - Sylvia Longmire

Mexico - George W. Grayson



Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe

A Man of the People - Chinua Achebe

Home and Exile - Chinua Achebe

This House Has Fallen - Karl Maier

A Swamp Full of Dollars - Michael Peel

Nigeria - John Campbell

Faith and Politics in Nigeria - John N. Paden

Violence in Nigeria - Toyin Falola

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria - Noo Saro-Wiwa



Iran Awakening - Shirin Ebadi, Azadeh Moaveni

Understanding Iran - William R. Polk

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ - Hooman Majd

The Ayatollah's Democracy - Hooman Majd

The Golden Cage - Shirin Abadi

Hidden Iran - Ray Takeyh

Persian Mirrors: The Elusive face of Iran - Elaine Sciolino

Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi

The Iranians - Sandra Mackey

The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny - Shirin Ebadi

Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival - Maziar Bahari



Morgenthau.Politics Among Nations.pdf - This is a classic reading in any introduction to international politics class.







English Common Law.pdf


If you haven't already done so, please read the following for class on Tuesday, 10/18, when we will be discussing political parties.

U.K. Parties and where each stands on various issues - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8515961.stm#subject=key


QUESTION TIME (10/12) - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/302028-1


Article about the Coalition Government of U.K. - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8676607.stm

2010 Election Results - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/election2010/results/

2005 Election Results - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/default.stm




http://imrussia.org/en/politics/368-how-putin-elects-the-duma - Article on the relationship between Putin and the Duma; why he wants to make changes to the electoral system

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/21/world/europe/vladimir-putin-pushes-patriotism-in-russia.html?pagewanted=all - Patriotism is Putin's new ideology

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20693991 - VIDEO of Putin's "State-of-the-Nation" address that we discussed in class

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20691886 - Article on Putin's speech about foreign meddling

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20543145 - VIDEO on Putin and the use of media against the opposition

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20639114 - Putin's base of support

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/04/vladimir-putin-mikhail-khodorkovsky-russia - Putin

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17179659 - Article on 2012 Presidential elections

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17242850 - video on Putin's election campaign

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/world/europe/ties-to-vladimir-putin-generate-fabulous-wealth-for-a-select-few-in-russia.html?_r=3&hp - Article on Putin's friends

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/10/02/0225_russian_oligarchs/index.htm - Easy Guide to Russia's Oligarchs

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/world/europe/his-support-ebbing-putin-gains-from-weak-rivals.html?src=recg - Article on Putin's opposing candidates

http://www.rferl.org/content/medvedev_prokhorov_kudrin_and_the_thaw/24249450.html - article on formation of centrist party

Evaluation of Russian 2012 Presidential Elections.doc - Mr. Negraval's former student was in Russia for the 2012 Presidential Election.  These are his thoughts.

Article - Putin's Raw Power.pdf

Article - What Does Putin Want.pdf

Article - Time Person of the Year.pdf

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15172519 - Putin calls for a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet republics

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19082875 - Anti-Putin group on trial

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19345844 - Russia finally joins the WTO

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/business/global/parliament-approves-russia-joining-wto.html - WTO and Russia

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20634768 - US perspective on WTO and Russia




http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2012/11/world/china-new-leadership/index.html - Who's who amongst new Chinese leaders

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/02/5_myths_about_the_chinese_communist_party - Myths about the Chinese Communist Party

How China is Ruled.pdf

Economics in China 1.pdf

Economics in China 2.pdf

Fang Shou Concept.pdf

China and Hong Kong.pdf

China and Taiwan.pdf 

China and Tibet.pdf 

China and the West - Role of Hong Kong and Taiwan.pdf

One-Child Policy.pdf

Hu Jintao Article.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/for-chinas-next-first-lady-a-lowered-profile/2012/11/10/5fd3fd7a-29a6-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html?wpmk=MK0000200 - Article from Washington Post on new first lady of China

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/asia/how-crash-cover-up-altered-chinas-succession.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1355328324-ab5YPqJI29G7HasPMtqFAQ - How a car accident affected China's succession process






http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17790002 - What is Boko Haram? BBC video

The Democratic Transition in Nigeria.doc - PLEASE READ AT SOME POINT

Nigerias Battle for Stability (1).docx - Updated article on the importance of Nigeria for the U.S.

http://youtu.be/8VN_7A3mNKg - Al Qaeda video on Boko Haram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piGkERnZh8Y - Part 1 of "Sweet Crude" about oil in the Niger Delta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drNX6nQHnzI&feature=related - Nigeria's oil and its curse on democracy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zup6FkPm_s0&feature=related - Oil and violence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zalqYjcjA2Y&feature=relmfu - Oil War

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9r9XwDx7MQ&feature=relmfu - Oil Turmoil



Challenges for Post-Communism.pdf due Thursday 12/15  

Communism Reading.pdf - Due on Thursday 11/17


Current events on Russia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15172519





http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2011/12/preview-majles-elections-2012.html - Majles Elections 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17141030 - Parties involved in the Majles elections

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17180967 - Majles elections are battle for power between conservative factions

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17246342 - BBC article on Majles election voter turnout and elections

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17028794 - BBC article on Iran's opposition leaders

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/deathintehran/view/ - "A Death in Tehran" Complete watching this video for homework

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/16/world/meast/iran-politics/index.html?iref=allsearch - Khamenei hints at possible changes in electoral system (10/16)

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/23/showdown_in_tehran?page=0,1 - showdown between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/world/middleeast/15iran.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2 - Please read at some point

Iran after February 14, 2011.doc - Please read after the NY Times article

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10743580 - BBC article on IRGC and business

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/world/middleeast/atomic-agency-says-iran-is-making-fuel-at-protected-site.html?_r=1&hp - NY Times article about Nuclear Program in Iran

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16813248 - BBC article on effect of sanctions on Iran

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2106842,00.html - Time article on Green Movement and upcoming Majles elections

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2107494,00.html?artId=2107494?contType=article?chn=world - Article on battle between Ahmedinejad & Ayatollah

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/bjwa/archive/9.2/Iran/Afrasiabi.pdf - 2003 Article about Iran's Foreign Policy since Sept. 11

http://iranprimer.usip.org/sites/iranprimer.usip.org/files/Timeline%20of%20Iran_s%20Foreign%20Relations.pdf - Timeline of Iran's Foreign Policy



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-16686402 - Mexico Direct (fantastic info you don't get to read on a daily basis)

The following 3 articles will be collected on WEDNESDAY, March 21.  

Fox Article.pdf  Read this article and answer the questions that follow to help boost your grade.

Calderon Election.pdf - Read this article and answer the questions that follow to help boost your grade.

Mexican Democracy.pdf Read this article and answer the questions that follow to help boost your grade.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Mexico-s-PAN-battling-to-retain-presidency-3453118.php - Evaluation of PAN presidents

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10681249 - Drug War Map

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/poll-mexico-presidential-race-tightens-pri-lead-drops-to-about-7-percent/2012/03/01/gIQAAGKckR_story.html - Article on Mexico's presidential elections

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f14c60ee-63bd-11e1-8762-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1o5PtHoHw - Mexico's presidential elections

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2012/02/latina-power-in-the-land-of-machismo/#axzz1n28wkEK1 - female candidate for president in machista country

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico-election-vazquez-mota-closes-gap - Article on Presidential Race




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Guidelines Signature Sheet.doc






Project - Supranational Organizations Research III.doc

Rubric - Supranational Organizations.doc


Rijul's Wikispace for Studying! - http://finalguide.pbworks.com/w/page/41426280/FrontPage


Ultimate review chart.doc - This is due the first class after the A.P. Exam and counts for 200 points in the 4th M.P.

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_tips/4453.html - see what each of the FRQ words mean


Yes, scoring has changed. It used to be that readers gave points for correct responses and ignored incorrect ones. No longer.

Here's the official announcement from the College Board. It came July 22, 2010:

How Additional Examples Are Scored

Students are expected to follow the question directions and to provide the same number of examples, explanations, or selections (i.e. tasks) that the question requests. If a student provides more than the required number of responses for the prompt and any one of the examples provided is incorrect, then the student will at most earn partial credit.

Rationale: Readers are trained to read the complete free response before assigning points. If extra examples are provided and one or more are incorrect, the student will at most get partial credit. There is no advantage to students in providing more examples, explanations, or selections than are requested.




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