AP World History is a challenging two semester course that is structured around the investigation of selected themes woven into key concepts covering distinct chronological periods. AP World History is equivalent to an introductory college survey course. The course has a three-fold purpose. First, it is designed to prepare students for successful placement into higher-level college and university history courses. Second, it is designed to develop skills of analysis and thinking in order to prepare students for success in the twenty-first century. Finally, it is the intent of this class to make the learning of world history an enjoyable experience. Students will be able to show their mastery of the course goals by taking part in the College Board AP World History Exam in May.
Five Course Themes:
The thematic learning objectives describe, at a high level, the knowledge colleges expect students to develop in the AP World History course in order to be qualified for credit and placement. These themes focus on major historical issues and developments, helping students connect the historical content they study to broad trends and processes that have emerged over centuries. In class, we recognized these as the "SPICE" characteristics (social, political, interactions, cultural, economic).
SOCIAL: Development and Transformation of Social Structures (SOC)
POLITICAL: State-building, expansion, and Conflict (SB)
INTERACTIONS: Humans and the Environment (ENV)
CULTURAL: Development and Interaction Cultures (CUL)
ECONOMICS: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems (ECON)
Prepare for the Exam:
The multiple choice and free-response formats of the AP World History exam have changed for the 2016-2017. The 2017 administration will be the first version of this new exam. This means that any study books that you purchase for your student should be the latest editions for 2017.
The AP World History exam for the 2016-2017 school year will be held Thursday, May 11th at 8:00 am. It will be administered in the health classrooms of the Cedar Shoals High School gymnasium. Students must register in order to take this exam. Registration usually takes place in March. If your student has not filled out the necessary paperwork, he/she will not be able to take the AP exam!
How Do AP World History Scores Compare?