AP Human Geography Syllabus 201 8 -201 9 Mrs. Amanda Neslen [email protected] Summer Assignment You will need to print the AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY summer assignment from the Gregori High School website. You will need to complete the AP HUG World Atlas maps by the first block period of the new school year. If you do not have access to print the summer assignment, you can request a paper copy in the front ‘A’ building office. COURSE DESCRIPTION AP Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study include: Unit I Human Geography (its nature and perspectives)-Chapter 1 Unit II Population Issues-Chapters 2, 3 Unit III Cultural Patterns and Processes-Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7 Unit IV Political Organization of Space-Chapter 8 Unit V Agricultural and Rural Land Use-Chapter 10 Unit VI Industrialization and Economic Development-Chapters 9, 11 Unit VII Cities and Urban Land Use-Chapters 12, 13 COURSE GOAL This course has been designed to prepare students to successfully take the AP Human Geography Examination for college credit. COURSE OBJECTIVE The units of study will emphasize geographic models and their applications. Case studies from around the globe are compared to the situation in both the United States and locally in California. To introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of Earth’s surface, the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis will be used to examine human organization of space. Students will learn about and employ the methods of geographers, especially including observation, mapmaking, data gathering and reporting, and technical writing by using and interpreting maps, data sets, and geographic models. GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images, may also be used. Spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation to a variety of locations and situations around the globe and in local areas will be investigated so that students will learn spatial relationships at different scales. Students will develop a geographic perspective with which to view the landscape and understand current events. TEXT Rubenstein, James M. The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography . 9 th Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2008. RESOURCES Internet Sites: U.S. Census Bureau ( ) Digital Atlas of the United States ( ) 1997 Agricultural Atlas of the United States ( ) Prentice Hall ( ) Local and National Newspapers: Modesto Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Periodicals: Journal of Geography, National Geographic, Economist, Time, Newsweek COURSE FORMAT This class is taught using lectures, group discussions, book readings, and in-class assignments. A semester project will be assigned. Students are expected to READ each chapter.
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