AP World History is designed for the strongly motivated, academically accelerated student. It is a chronological and/or thematic survey of the continuing political, economic, and social development of human civilization from 1789 to the present. After a brief review of the Rise of Democratic Ideas, students will examine the development and contributions of both Western and non-Western civilizations. The course reflects more the "how and why" of history than the "what." AP World History provides students with an opportunity to study the complex interplay of motive, cause, change, chance and circumstance of human life. Among the topics studied are:
• Unresolved Problems of the Modern World
• The Rise of Democratic Ideas
• Industrialization and its Impact
• Imperialism with a Case Study on India
• World War I - Its Causes and Consequences
• The Rise of Totalitarianism
• World War II - Its Causes and Consequences
• Nationalism in the Third World
• World in Transition
This course prepares students for the College Board's AP national exam. It meets the district and state requirement and fulfills the University of California World History requirement.
Teacher recommendation of B/A in World Geography Honors or a grade of A in regular World Geography. Option: writing sample and AP or Honors English placement. Placement subject to review by Social Science Coordinator.
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