Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, March 11, 2016

Comparing constitutions

How do the legislatures of the countries you're studying compare? How do the legal descriptions of the judiciaries compare with the realities? What powers does the executive in one country have that the head of government in another regime not have?

John Johnson, who teaches at West Ottawa High School in Holland, MI, posted this link to a Facebook page for AP US Gov Pol Teachers.

It looks wonderful. In order to do the kind of comparisons this page facilitates, I had to make a collection of links or download copies of constitutions for my students to use (and there were always changes from one year to the next).

Constitute, The World's Constitutions to read, search, and compare
Besides the texts of 194 constitutions, there are these searchable topics:

Teaching Comparative blog entries are indexed. Use the search box to look for country names or concept labels attached to each entry.

What You Need to Know 7th edition is ready to help.

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Just The Facts! 2nd edition is a concise guide to concepts, terminology, and examples that will appear on May's exam.

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The Comparative Government and Politics Review Checklist.

Two pages summarizing the course requirements to help you review and study for the final and for the big exam in May. . It contains a description of comparative methods, a list of commonly used theories, a list of vital concepts, thumbnail descriptions of the AP6, and a description of the AP exam format. $2.00. Order HERE.

What You Need to Know: Teaching Tools, the original version and v2.0 are available to help curriculum planning.

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