Course Level: Advanced Placement

Credits: 5

Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12 (9 by Application)

Prerequisite: Students must meet the Honors Criteria Policy.

NJ Course Code: 04-057

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contracts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.

The themes of study in the AP World History course are dynamics of change and continuity, patterns and effects of interactions: trade, war, diplomacy, and international organizations; the effects of technology, economics, and demography on people and the environment; systems of social structure and gender structure, cultural, intellectual, and religious developments; and changes in political cultures and political organizations. These themes provide broad parameters for the course and may be expanded or modified for instruction. Teachers and students should also feel free to develop their own course themes as they look at the human past through a variety of lenses and examine World History from multiple perspectives.

Students will be expected to complete a summer assignment as part of course requirements. This assignment will be due at the first class meeting in September. More information can be found about this course at www.collegeboard.com.

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