AP World History: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP World History Course Description.
  • The course includes a college-level world history textbook, diverse primary sources and secondary sources by historians or scholars interpreting the past.
  • Each of the course themes receives explicit attention and is addressed throughout the course.
  • Each of the key concepts receives explicit attention in the relevant historical period and is integrated with the course themes.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate command of course themes and key concepts through activities and assignments where students use their knowledge of detailed and specific relevant historical developments and processes—including names, chronology, facts, and events.
  • The course provides balanced global coverage, with Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Australia, and Europe all represented. No more than 20 percent of course time is devoted to European history.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop coherent written arguments that have a thesis supported by relevant historical evidence.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and evaluate diverse historical interpretations.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to analyze evidence about the past from diverse sources, including written documents, maps, images, quantitative data (e.g., charts, graphs, tables), works of art and other types of sources.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to examine relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and across geographic regions, relating these patterns to a global context.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to examine diverse models of periodization constructed by historians.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to compare historical developments across or within societies in various chronological and/or geographical contexts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to connect historical developments to specific circumstances of time and place, and to broader regional, national or global processes.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to apply multiple historical thinking skills to examine a particular historical problem or question and connect insights from one historical context to another, including the present.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to recognize how the study of history has been shaped by the findings and methods of other disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, visual arts, literature, economics, geography and political science.

Resource Requirements

 
  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level world history textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has copies of primary sources and other instructional materials used in the course for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that students have access to support materials for the AP World History course, including scholarly, college-level works that correspond with course themes; as well as standard reference works such as encyclopedias, atlases, collections of historical documents, and statistical compendiums, either in a school or public library or via the Internet.
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