This course is a survey of World History beginning with the Renaissance and focuses on conflict and change over time, looking at six big Eras in world history.
Most of the factual knowledge students gather will be done either in class or at home through reading assignments. Class time will focus on analyzing various aspects of World History and the effects of people,
places, and events on the world. Students will engage in analyzing primary and secondary historical sources, evaluating the impact of events and comparison of historical perspectives.
Students learn best by constructing their own learning through inquiry and collaboration. Students will be expected to participate in individual as well as group work. They will be investigating different historical perspectives through collaboration and communicating their knowledge with me as well as with their classmates. This may be through tests, homework, quizzes, projects, presentations or other formal and informal assessments.
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle to address change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.
- Teacher: Laura Whitehead