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    Advanced Placement

    Comparative Government and Politics


    Welcome to Chandler High! I am excited about this school year, and the opportunity to teach and learn from each other.  AP Comparative Government and Politics is a yearlong course that introduces the fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings.  The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate the importance of global political and economic changes. 


    Behavioral expectations:

    1.      You have the right to learn

    2.      Others have the right to learn

    3.      I have the right to teach (and learn too)


    Grading Policy:

    All points are equal.  For example a 25 pt homework assignment is equal to a 25-point test. Grades are determined by CHS policy:

     90-100 A
    80-89 B
    70-79 C
    60-69 D
    under 60 F

          Semester Grades are calculated in the following manner:
                Quarter 1             40%                              Quarter 3                    40%
                 Quarter 2             40%                              Quarter 4                  40%
                Semester final    20%                                Semester final      20%


     Assignments-All assignments are due on the date required.  Due to the pace of the course, no late work will be accepted.  All written assignments must be typed and double-spaced in size 12 print. Homework Tips



    Please attend class everyday.   With the pace of this class, any absences will be very detrimental to your success.   If you are absent, it is your responsibility to see me outside of class time for make-up.   I will not track you down!  The CHS tardy/absence policy is in effect in this class so please be in your seat when the bell rings. 


    Advanced Placement Exam:

     The AP Exam is given in May.  It is not my intent to teach “to the exam”, but rather “for the exam”.  Although the exam is not required, it is highly recommended and may earn college credit and /or advanced placement.


    Dual Credit:

    This class is also offered as a dual credit option.  Students have the opportunity to earn 4 college credits (3 credits comparative government, 1 credit current events) through Chandler Gilbert Community College.  See me for more information.


    Requested Supplies:

    A Comparative Government and Politics section in your three-ring notebook with lined, non-spiral paper, pens/pencils, and your planner should be brought to class every day.  Also, students are required to turn in articles, so newspaper, Internet, school, or library access is suggested.


    Essential Questions and Aims:

    The essential questions and aims of the Chandler High Comparative Government and Politics classes are to engage students in analyzing the political/governmental experience, the relationships of events and people, and interpreting significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs. By framing each unit into an essential question, it is hoped that the student will learn the subject at a deeper level.


    Academic Integrity

    You are expected to familiarize yourself with proper procedures for collaborating, doing research, and citing sources. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me immediately.  Any assignment you turn in that I find to violate academic integrity, either through dishonesty, plagiarism, lack of appropriate sources, or unauthorized collaboration, will receive a grade of 0 and contact may be made to the home. Any further instance of violating academic integrity will follow procedures outlined in the student handbook.


     Final Thoughts

    You will get out of this class what you put into it. Comparative Government and Politics can be an exciting study of people’s motivations, failures, and successes. Perhaps you will learn some lessons from government that will influence how you view the world. I look forward to a positive and educational year. Feel free to contact me at any time.

    Mrs. Gould    

     There is great deal of information available that will help students be successful through out the course.  Course information




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