Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, July 27, 2015

Teaching about civil society

Lindsay Marshall of San Jose, CA found and posted (on the AP Government Teachers Facebook page) an excellent set of tools for teaching about civil society. NOTE: There's also a Facebook page for AP Comparative Government and Politics.

The plans were created for Civic Voices which "encourages global education for the 21st century by creating a virtual classroom for students to study active citizenship."

Several of the teaching plans are specifically about the USA, but Russia and Mexico are featured in a couple more. It wouldn't take much to add examples of national symbols, national anthems, and constitution preambles of the other countries in the AP curriculum to customize these plans for AP Comparative.

What is political culture?
  • Defining Culture
  • Distinguishing Political Culture from the rest of culture
  • Political Culture and Democracy
  • Daniel Elazar's Typology of Political Cultures
  • Roles of Citizens in four political cultures
  • How does political culture explain American politics?
  • Is statism compatible with democracy?
  • Is democracy compatible with traditionalism?
  • What do national symbols say about political culture?
    • National Symbols of the United States
    • National Symbols of Russia
    • National Symbols of South Africa
    • National Symbols of Mexico
  • What are five dimensions of political culture?
  • What do constitutional preambles tell us about political cuture?

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

What You Need to Know 7th edition will be ready to help soon.

Amazon's customers gave this book a 4-star rating.

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

New edition coming in August.

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