Advanced Placement World History

Advanced Placement
World History
Exploring key themes of world history,
including interaction with the environment,
cultures, state-building, economic systems,
and social structures, from approximately
8000 B.C.E. to the present.
• History is not
just for history
history is an
social science
it is integral in
Scope & Course Content:
About AP:
• Each AP course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and
college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses
align with college-level standards.
• Each AP course concludes with a college-level assessment developed and
scored by college and university faculty, as well as experienced AP
teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling
students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course work.
Scope & Course Content:
Historical Periods and Key Concepts:
Period 1: Technological and Environmental Transformations, to c. 600 B.C.E.
Period 2: Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies, c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600
Period 3: Regional and Transregional Interactions, c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450
Period 4: Global Interactions, c. 1450 to c. 1750
Period 5: Industrialization and Global Integration, c. 1750 to c. 1900
Period 6: Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, c. 1900 to the Present
Scope & Course Content:
Historical Periods and Key Concepts:
What Makes AP Different from Honors?:
Upper Level Thinking Skills:
Focus on the ‘Four Historical Thinking Skills’:
1. Crafting historical arguments from
historical evidence
2. Chronological reasoning
3. Comparison and contextualization
4. Historical interpretation and
What Makes AP Different from Honors?:
A Focus on Different Forms of Writing:
• Document Based Question (DBQ)
• This section tests your ability to analyze source materials and develop an essay
that integrates your analysis of four to ten given documents with your treatment
of a topic. Comparative topics on the major themes will provide one of the
focuses of the DBQs, including comparative questions about different societies
in situations of mutual contact..
• Continuity and Change-Over-Time Essay
• This question focuses on large global issues such as technology, trade, culture,
migrations, or biological developments. It covers at least one of the periods in
the course outline and one or more cultural areas.
• Comparative Essay
• This question focuses on developments in two or more societies, and their
interactions with each other or with major themes or events (e.g. culture, trade,
religion, technology, migrations).
What Makes AP Different from Honors?:
Emphasis of Globalization & Global Interaction |
A Few Key Concept Examples:
Key Concept 4.1. Globalizing Networks of Communication and Exchange
Key Concept 5.1. Industrialization and Global Capitalism
Key Concept 5.4. Global Migration
Key Concept 6.2 Global Conflicts and Their Consequences
Key Concept 6.3 New Conceptualizations of Global Economy, Society, and
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