Course Syllabus for Advanced Placement World History

Teacher: Mr. Jamie Green
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Course Description
Our AP course in World History invites students to study history through a global lens, placing particular emphasis on point of view. Students will examine both primary historical evidence and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to understand history and draw their own conclusions.
Particular attention will be given to analyzing change and continuity over time, comparisons among major societies and people, the institutions and values of societies, and the way such institutions and values are affected as a result of interaction among people as well as the critical analysis of primary documents in preparation for the AP test. In assigned reading, assignments, activities, and student run class discussions, there will be an emphasis on critical thinking and writing.

The course utilizes the five overarching world history themes throughout the course as unifying threads to aid students to place specific information about a society or period into a larger global framework.
The themes include:

Interaction between humans and the environment
· Demography and disease
· Migration
· Patterns of settlement
· Technology
Development and interaction of cultures
· Religions
· Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies
· Science and technology
· The arts and architecture
· State-building, expansion, and conflict
Political structures and forms of governance
· Empires
· Nations and nationalism
· Revolts and revolutions
· Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations
Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
· Agricultural and pastoral production
· Trade and commerce
· Labor systems
· Industrialization
· Capitalism and socialism
Development and transformation of social structures
· Gender roles and relations
· Family and Kinship
· Racial and ethnic constructions
· Social and economic classes

  • Stearns et al, World Civilizations: A Global Experience AP 5th Edition. Pearson Education, Inc. 2007. Student resources for textbook available on line through MyHistoryLab site.
  • A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.
  • Excerpts of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.
  • Reilly, Kevin. Worlds of History. Volumes One and Two. 3rd Edition. Primary source reader

Course Materials
We will be conducting the majority of this course using laptops. These will be provided by MHS. In addition you will be required to bring the following
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • At least 2 different colored pens
  • Highlighter

Grading Policy
Grades are assigned with the traditional grade scales as commonly accepted.

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F

Your grades will be established on the following basis.
Major tests and Projects 35%
Quizzes and Minor Projects 15%
Homework 25%
Class work (discussion etc) 25%