Advanced Placement Human Geography


albahae_aphg2017-2018 (course syllabus)

I am so excited that you have decided to join me on our adventure. I know that you will enjoy the many fun topics we discuss in class. People often ask, “What is AP?” An Advanced Placement (AP) class is taught as a college course, but taken in high school. An AP class differs from an honors or gifted class because the textbook and materials are college level. Additionally, students have the opportunity to earn college credit by making a qualifying score on the AP exam taken on May 18, 2018 at Monarch High School

The curriculum for the course is broken down into 7 units of study as outlined by the College Board. These include:

  • 1. Geography’s Nature and Perspectives
  • 2. Population and Migration
  • 3. Culture
  • 4. Political Geography
  • 5.Agriculture and Rural Land Use
  • 6. Industrial and Economic Development
  • 7. Urban Geography

Course Content and Its Presentation

AP Human Geography presents high school students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human geography or cultural geography. Content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem   oriented.

Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich  analysis

of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human– environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

Specific topics with which students engage include the following:

▶  problems of economic development and cultural change

▶ consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, and international migration

▶ impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life

▶  struggles over political power and control of territory

▶ conflicts over the demands of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, and the inequalities between developed and developing     economies

▶ explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, and urban  problems

▶ the role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth

Tips on How To Be Successful In APHG:
• You need to be a very good reader. We use a college textbook and college-level readings.
• You need to be a very good writer, a high level of writing is expected from all students in the course and is needed for success on the AP exam.
• You need to be self-motivated, there will be frequent assigned readings to be completed outside of class
You will need to master the skill of time management
• You need to be an independent thinker who takes pride in each assignment you turn in
• You need to be very comfortable participating in and leading class discussions and presenting to your teachers and peers.
• You need to be mature and be able to handle mature material – we will be discussing many fascinating but sometimes troubling topics (again, this is a college course)

You are not expected to have mastered the skills mentioned above by the first day of school, but you must be motivated to learn and improve yourself throughout the course

Expectations of an APHG Student:
• Frequent Reading: an average reading may include 1-2 hours a night
• Vocabulary: explain on average of 60 definitions from various sources and how each relates to Human Geography. (Due usually 3-4 weeks after original list is given).
• Assessments: unit exams which include multiple choice and essay portions (Free Response Questions), vocab quizzes, map quizzes, and projects.
• Take Notes: Course is mostly lecture and discussion format. PowerPoints are used as a supplement to information being addressed. YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO TAKE NOTES, not copy notes from the board or book. (multiple note-taking and study strategies will be presented the first week of school).
• Ask Questions – It is your responsibility now to ensure understanding
• Think globally and pay attention to world affairs – and relate global trends to local areas

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