AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to 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 to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Furthermore, by comparing the political institutions and practices of wealthy and poor countries, we can begin to understand the political consequences of economic well being. Finally, comparison assists explanation. Why are some countries stable democracies and not others? Why do many democracies have prime ministers instead of presidents?
This course introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.
This is a college level course that provides an intense basic introduction to both micro and macro-economics. In the first semester, students will study microeconomics and focus on opportunity cost, the concept of scarcity, and the law of comparative advantage. During the second semester, the macroeconomics topics will include aggregate demand and supply; monetary and fiscal policy; money and banking; full employment; Gross Domestic Product; the role of government; current macroeconomics issues. This course strongly emphasizes essay writing as a preparation for the AP examination.
AP Human Geography presents students with thematic knowledge on economic, cultural, political and urban geography. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. The themes studied will allow further insight into the impacts of globalization, colonialism and human-environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes and patterns of interaction. Students will have the opportunity to become more geoliterate and engaged in global issues by developing skills in using maps as well as applying geographic concepts
AP United States History is a challenging course that is equivalent to an introductory college history course. The aim of the course is to thoroughly analyze American History, foreign policy and globalization from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. The parameters of the course will encompass historical material from the seventeenth century to the 1980’s. The course, which begins with Pre-Columbian Societies through the United States in the Post-Cold War World, is structured around eight conceptual themes (American Diversity, American Identity, Culture, Demographic Change, Economic Transformations, Environment, Globalization, Politics and Citizenship and Reform) and twenty-eight topics. It is intended to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with issues and events in United States History