Vocab anyone?! This topic is all about vocabulary. At the end of this topic you'll need to know the different ways that political institutions are defined. Do not forget as we go over the different institutions that they represent the power dynamics between the government and the people. So here we go!
Definitions are the key 🔑 to success in this class. You can't compare countries if you don't understand the terms and ways in which you are being asked to compare them. The College Board also wants you to show that you can explain and analyze
! That means being able to discuss what a political system looks like in the countries of study. Here's a chart to help.
This topic is all about providing you with a way to define political institutions. The rest of the unit will have you break each of these down in more detail and begin to examine each in the course countries.
💡For the AP Exam you will have to know the difference between all of these institutions very clearly. A good way to approach it is to think what each institution does in terms of power 👑. For instance, political sytems determine who has the authority to rule. A nation, on the other hand, does not necessarily have power implications since it exists through a commonality between people, including but not limited to language, aspirations, ethnicity, etc.