Course Syllabus

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AP World History: Modern Course Syllabus:


Course Content:

The following College Board Unit organization will not correspond to Textbook/Chapter based units and test and is provided to allow students to know the basic Themes, chronological periods, and exam weighting of the course.



Chronological Period:

Exam Weighting:

Unit 1: The Global Tapestry

1200 to 1450


Unit 2: Networks of Exchange


Unit 3: Land-Based Empires

1450 to 1750


Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections


Unit 5: Revolutions

1750 t0 1900


Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization


Unit 7: Global Conflict

1900 to Present


Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization


Unit 9: Globalization




Historical Thinking Skills:

AP World History: Modern highlights six overarching themes that should receive approximately equal attention throughout the course.


Skill 1:      Development and Process:  Identify and explain historical developments and processes

Skill 2:       Sourcing and Situation:  Analyze sourcing and situation of primary and secondary sources.

Skill 3:      Claims and Evidence:  Analyze arguments in primary and secondary sources.

Skill 4:      Contextualization:  Analyze the context of historical events, developments, or processes.

Skill 5:      Making Connections:  Using historical reasoning (comparison, causation, continuity and change), analyze patterns and connections between and among historical developments and processes.

Skill 6:      Argumentation: developing an argument.


Course Themes:

Theme 1:

Humans and the Environment

The environment shapes human societies, and as populations grow and change, these populations in turn shape their environments.

Theme 2:

Cultural Developments and Interactions:

The development of ideas, beliefs, and religions illustrates how groups in society view themselves, and the interactions of societies and the beliefs often have political, social, and cultural implications.

Theme 3:


A variety of internal and external factors contribute to state formation, expansion, and decline. Governments maintain order through a variety of administrative institutions, policies, and procedures, and government obtain, retain, and exercise power in different ways and for different purposes.


Theme 4:

Economic Systems

As societies develop, they affect and are affected by the ways that they produce, exchange, and consume goods and services.

Theme 5:

Social Interactions and Organization:

The process by which societies group their members and the norms that govern the interactions between these groups and between individuals influence political, economic, and cultural institutions and organizations.

Theme 6:

Technology and Innovation

Human adaptation and innovation have resulted in increased efficiency, comfort, and security, and technological advances have shaped human development and interaction with both intended and unintended consequences.




Main Textbook

World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 4th edition.  Peter N. Sterns, Michael Adas, Stuart B. Schwartz and Marc Jason Gilbert.  Pearson Education, Inc. 2004 – ISBN number 0-205-65956-x


Supplemental Reader Textbook

The Human Record:  Sources of Global History, fifth edition vols. I + II.  Alfred J. Andrea and James H. Overfield.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005  


Grading System

Grades will be based on a one-hundred-point system.  As is traditional with a college course, the number of overall grades will be reduced. All homework, Reading and Quiz grades will be combined into one single grade which will count as a test grade.   Essays will count two times and unit tests will count three times.  Averages will be determined by adding up the total number of points achieved by the student and then dividing by the number of assignments.  The grading scale used is the one found in your student handbooks.  I do not curve grades, and I do not allow extra credit.  Students will receive the grade that they earn.


Textbook Organization: (Syllabus)


Chronological Period:









Period I

1200 to 1450

Unit I

Chapter 15

Western Europe


Chapter 16

The Americas Again




Unit 2

Chapter 17

Reunification of China


Chapter 18

Spread of China Civilization


Chapter 19

Nomadic Challengers




Period II

1450 t0 1750

Unit 3

Chapter 20

The Changing West


Chapter 21

The World Economy


Chapter 22

The Transformation of the West




Unit 4

Chapter 23

The Rise of Russia


Chapter 24

Early Latin America


Chapter 25

Atlantic Slave Trade




Unit 5

Chapter 26

Muslim Empires


Chapter 27

Asian Transitions




Period III

1750 to 1900

Unit 6

Chapter 28

Growth of Industry


Chapter 29

Industrialism and Imperialism




Unit 7

Chapter 30

Consolidation of Latin America


Chapter 31

Civilization in Crisis


Chapter 32

Russia and Japan




Period IV

1900 to Present

Unit 8

Chapter 33

World War I


Chapter 34

The World of the 1920’s


Chapter 35

The Great Depression




Unit 9

Chapter 36

World War II


Chapter 37

The Cold War




Unit 10

Chapter 38

Revolutions in Latin America


Chapter 39

Independence in Africa, The Middle East, and Asia




Unit 11

Chapter 40

East Asia and the Pacific Rim


Chapter 41