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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand
Welcome to AP World History! Here, we will study the history of the human race and how
humankind has developed over time by studying people, places, events and how they all relate in time.
We will answer questions such as: What affect did a person have on history? Why did an event happen
and what why was it important? Through this study we will begin to not only understand the journey of
humankind, but also learn to see how we as individuals fit into this big history. We will look at the
struggles of history and begin to develop an understanding of how they relate over time.
Most importantly, this is an AP class. We will look to dig deeper in history by asking, and more
importantly trying to answer, the big questions such as why! We will analyze events critically and learn
how to express our ideas, opinions and research.
The Five Themes of AP World History
Students in this course will learn to view history through themes. The AP World History course is
organized around five overarching themes that serve as unifying threads throughout the course, helping
students to connect each time period or society to a “big picture” of history. The themes also provide a
way to organize comparisons and analyze change and continuity over time. In addition, all units and
themes will be tied together using the SPEC [Social, Political, Economic and Culture] acronym.
Social-Development and transformation of social structures
 Gender roles and relations
 Family and kinship
 Racial and ethnic constructions
 Social and economic classes
Political-State building, expansion and conflict
 Political structures and forms of governance
 Empires; Nations and nationalism
 Revolts and revolutions
 Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations
Interaction between humans and the environment
 Demography and disease
 Migration
 Patterns of settlement
 Technology
Cultural-Development and interaction of cultures
 Religions
 Belief systems, philosophies and ideologies
 Science and technology
 The arts and architecture
Economic-Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems
 Agricultural and pastoral production
 Trade and commerce
 Labor systems
 Industrialization
 Capitalism and socialism
Habits of Mind:
We will…
 learn how to make and evaluate arguments using evidence
 use documents and other primary sources to understand and interpret information,
analyze point of view and form arguments
 assess issues of change and continuity over time by also evaluating cause and affect
 understand diversity of interpretation and opinion through the analysis of context, point
of view and frame of reference
 look for global patterns and processes over time and space while also connecting local
developments to global ones
 compare and contrast societies, including their reactions to global processes and change
 be aware of human commonalities and differences while also discussing ideas of
universal living standards, culturally diverse ideas and values in a historical and modern
day context
Bulliet, Richard, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, Lyman Johnson and
David Northrup. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. 2nd. Boston:
Mifflin, 2001.
Required Materials:
Notebook [3 Subject; 180 pages]
1 inch 3 ring binder
All men are made by nature to be equals, therefore no one has a natural right to govern others,
and therefore the only justified authority is the authority that is generated out of agreements or
covenants. The most basic covenant – the social pact – is an agreement to come together and
follow a collective set of guidelines that help meet individual interests, wills and advance
society. The social pact helps create the “real foundation of a society.” By following the class
code, these agreements will establish a groundwork for the success of our educational goals as a
society working to become AP Ready!
Class Code
1. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS the first time they are given. This includes those given by me
or substitute teachers. Please ask me for help on something you don't understand.
2. Respect the person, the ideas and the time of everyone.
3. 100% attention and participation
4. Be on time and prepared. Always assume that you need pen, pencil, paper and notebook.
Class Guidelines:
As the year goes on, our main goal is to become AP Ready. These guidelines will help us
achieve that goal!
 TURN IN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME. It is your responsibility to keep up with your work.
No credit will be given for late daily assignments.
important that you know the rules if you are expected to follow them. Read your student handbook.
Dress code will be strictly enforced.
KEEP THE CLASSROOM (and desks) CLEAN. Put trash in the trash can by the door. Bottled
water will be allowed in class.
TESTS. These are a way to evaluate your progress and understanding of the material. You will have
a variety of these evaluations including oral debates and circles, PBL’s, objective tests, essays
(both DBQ’s and FRQ’s) and culminating projects with a research paper. You will often have
daily reading quizzes but you may use your handwritten notes on your reading quizzes.
KEY CONCEPTS. These are goals that will be accomplished during the study of the chapter or unit.
Use them as study guides. They are reading objectives as well. When we are finished with the chapter
or unit, this is what you are expected to know and understand. Your evaluations (tests) come from
these objectives. Your test essay questions come from this list as well.
GROUPS. We often work in groups. This requires cooperation and that you pull your own weight. If
you have not participated in the group activity and allowed others to do all of the work you risk
receiving a zero for the activity or for a daily grade. Forming study groups outside of class is a good
way to understand and study the material.
PARTICIPATION. Everyone is expected to answer oral questions, ask questions and participate in
class and group discussions. Participation is graded. The learning environment requires maturity and
as a class we will make it possible for all to participate comfortably. Rude, unpleasant, or insulting
remarks during a class discussion will result in a zero for the assignment.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Do your own work. Work that has been copied from others or plagiarized
will not be accepted. **** Cheating on tests or quizzes will result in a zero on that test and parental
contact. Honor code violations will result in course-wide restrictions. The honor code will be
explained and strict adherence will be required. Establishing study groups, assisting fellow students
with notes and combining work on homework assignments will not be considered cheating.
ATTENDANCE. Please avoid absences. Absenteeism can quickly become a very serious problem.
Many class activities cannot be reproduced. Often in group work other students are depending upon
you to be present with your completed work. Frequent absences inadvertently impact your grade.
Make-up work is done outside of class.
AP EXAM. The AP World History Exam is on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 8:00a.m. Students agree
to attend monthly study sessions, as needed, in preparation for the test.
Contact Information: Please feel free to contact me anytime throughout the school year
Cell: (860) 941-7591
Instagram: byoung41
Office Hours: Monday and Friday after school; or by appointment
Tutorials: Monday and Friday after school; or by appointment
The Six Units of AP World History –Periodization and Historical Objectives
Unit 1: 8000 BCE to 600 BCE-Technological and Environmental Transformations
Key Concepts
 Big Geography and the Peopling of the Earth
 Neolithic Revolution and Early Agricultural Societies
 Development and Interactions of Early Agricultural, Pastoral and Urban Societies
Topics for Overview include:
 Prehistoric Societies
 From Foraging to Agricultural and Pastoral Societies
 Early Civilizations: Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania
Unit 2: 600 BCE-600 CE-Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies
Key Concepts:
 Development and Codification of Religious and Cultural Traditions
 Development of States and Empires
 Emergence of Transregional Networks of Communication and Exchange
Topics for Overview include:
 Classical Civilizations
 Major Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy
 Early Trading Networks
Unit 3: 600-1450 –Regional and Transregional Interactions
Key Concepts:
 Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks
 Continuity and Innovation of State Forms and Their Interactions
 Increased Economic Productive Capacity and Its Consequences
Topics for Overview include:
 Byzantine Empire, Dar-al Islam and Germanic Europe
 Crusades
 Sui, Tang, Song and Ming empires
 Delhi Sultanate
 The Americas
 The Turkish Empires
 Italian City-States
 Kingdoms and Empires in Africa
 The Mongol Khanates
 Trading Networks in the Postclassical World
Unit 4: 1450-1750-Global Interactions
Key Concepts:
 Globalizing Networks of Communication and Exchange
 New Forms of Social Organization and Modes of Production
 State Consolidation and Imperial Expansion
Topics for Overview Include:
Bringing the Eastern and Western Hemispheres Together into One Web
 Ming and Qing Rule in China
 Japanese Shogunates
 The Trading Networks of the Indian Ocean
 Effects of the Continued Spread of Belief Systems
Unit 5: 1750-1900-Industrialization and Global Integration
Key Concepts:
 Industrialization and Global Capitalism
 Imperialism and Nation-State Formation
 Nationalism, Revolution and Reform
 Global Migration
Topics for Overview include:
 The Age of Revolutions:
English Revolutions, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, American Revolution, French Revolution
and Its Fallout in European, Haitian and Latin American Revolutions
 Global Transformations: Demographic Changes, the End of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Industrial
Revolution and Its Impact, Rise of Nationalism, Imperialism and Its Impact on the World
Unit 6: 1900-Present-Accelerating Global Change and Realignments
Key Concepts:
 Science and the Environment
 Global Conflicts and Their Consequences
 New Conceptualization of Global Economy and Culture
Topics for Overview include:
 Crisis and Conflict in the Early 20thCentury:
Anti-Imperial Movements, World War I, Russian, Chinese and Mexican Revolutions, Depression, Rise of
Militaristic and Fascist Societies, World War II
 Internationalization:
Decolonization, the Cold War World, International Organizations, the Post-Cold War, World
Student Name ___________________________________________________
I have read the handout titled "World History, Introduction and Rules" and
understand that it is my responsible for taking ownership of my learning and
education. I also understand that the teacher will guide, assist and help me
throughout the year. I understand the Class Code and agree to be a positive
member of the AP World History community. I will come to class on time,
prepared and ready to become AP ready! I also understand that Mr. Young is
available for conferences during his office hours, tutorials or by appointment, but it
is my responsibility to make those appointments. I will work hard to become AP
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