AP World History

Course Number: 223/224

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: History/Social Science “A” requirement. Satisfies one year of Social Studies graduation requirement.

Course Description:

AP World History is a college-level course that analyzes global patterns of historical development and exchange from roughly 1200 C.E. to the present. Using primary and secondary sources, AP World History students track historical change and continuity within and across six periods of study, paying close attention to unifying course themes and accompanying learning objectives. Great emphasis is placed on the honing of historical thinking skills, such as chronological reasoning, comparison, contextualization, argumentation, and interpretation. The course culminates with the national AP World History examination. Students earn a weighted grade for this class and, if successful on the national examination, could receive college credit at their preferred university.

A typical unit consists of structured discussions of the assigned readings, primary source analysis, cooperative group work, class debates, technology-based student presentations, essay skill development, short-answer skill development, map exercises, critical thinking activities, data analysis, and lectures. Occasionally, students assemble in the library or computer lab for additional historical inquiry tasks. Finally, each unit closes with an assessment consisting of stimulus-based multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, a document-based question, and/or a long essay targeting a specific historical thinking skill. This course requires approximately four to six hours of preparation outside of class per week.

Textbook/Class Resources:

Strayer, Robert W. Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016. ISBN: 9781457699917

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes