• AP Human Geography Syllabus 2023-2024

    SUMMER 2023 Work (click to access)

    ADDITIONALLY: Students and parents MUST read the rest of the information on this page and the Units of Study so you are prepared for content and topics covered in this college level course.


    What is AP?

    The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program. Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 by college and university professors and experienced AP teachers. Many U.S. colleges offer credit for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. You are responsible for researching colleges to determine what score is needed for credit at each institution (it varies by test and university).


    Which Students Should Take AP?

    All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses.


    What is Advanced Placement Human Geography and What Will Students Learn?

    AP Human Geography introduces high school students to college-level introductory human geography or cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem-oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction. Specific topics with which students engage include the following: 

    • problems of economic development and cultural change 
    • consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, and international migration 
    • impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life  
    • struggles over political power and control of territory
    • conflicts over the demands of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, and the inequalities between developed and developing economies
    • explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, and urban problems
    • the role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth 

    The goal for the course is for students to become more geoliterate, more engaged in contemporary global issues, and more informed about multicultural viewpoints. They will develop skills in approaching problems geographically, using maps and geospatial technologies, thinking critically about texts and graphic images, interpreting cultural landscapes, and applying geographic concepts such as scale, region, diffusion, interdependence, and spatial interaction, among others. Students will see geography as a discipline relevant to the world in which they live; as a source of ideas for identifying, clarifying, and solving problems at various scales; and as a key component of building global citizenship and environmental stewardship.



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