AP WORLD HISTORY
Advanced Placement World History
is a college level course from which students may earn up to eight
college credits upon successful completion of the Advanced Placement World History Exam produced by the
This course begins with Pre-History and extends into the present day world.
Much of the
course content deals with various major historical strands or themes throughout the history of the world, such
as the change over time through the major religions, the various regional and demographic developments,
and the chronological cultural representations around the global.
Continuity and Change will be addressed
throughout the various themes of each unit and the course involves comprehensive analysis of both primary
and secondary texts and places a great emphasis on historical research and writing.
Comparison within and
among societies, including societal and global processes, will be addressed throughout each unit in the
form of historical essay writing
Much of the focus will be placed on the five major themes that include:
Interaction between humans and the environment, Development and interaction of cultures, State-building,
expansion, and conflict, Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems, and Development and
transformation of social structures.
Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures
These five course themes will serve as the foundation and framework for this course and for all student activities.
Bentley, Jerry H, and Herbert F Ziegler.
Traditions & Encounters: A global
Perspective on the Past 4th ed
. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. Print.
Tables and graphs will be taken from the textbook, readers, and internet sources for the most part.
course outline for specific examples.
Most images for analysis will originate from the textbook, readers and the internet.
Examples include but are
not limited to art, political cartoons, and photographs; see the course outline below for specific examples.