INTRODUCTION TO AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
The Advanced Placement course in geography gives high-ability students the
opportunity to earn college credit in geography while still in high school. More
importantly, the content of an AP Human Geography course helps
students develop critical thinking skills through the understanding, application
and analysis of the fundamental concepts of geography. Through AP Human Geography,
students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that
have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earthís surface.
Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human
social organization and its environmental consequences. Students will meet the five
college-level goals as determined by the National Geographic
Standards. They also learn the
methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
The AP Examination in Human Geography is approximately two hours long, and consists
of a 60-minute 75 question multiple-choice section, and a 75-minute free-response section consisting of three essays.
Each portion of the examination will account for 50% of the studentís final
In preparation for the AP Geography examination, this course will be divided
into eight sections: nature & perspectives, population, culture, politics, agriculture, urbanization,
industrialization, and environmental/social issues. There will be approximately
three to four tests per semester, as well as a semester exam. Grades are
accrued on a point basis through test
scores, quizzes, projects, and class participation.
All students enrolled in AP Human Geography will take a
benchmark examination at the beginning of the year to illustrate how much they
don't know about human geography - and how much they will learn throughout the year.
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: CULTURE, SOCIETY, AND SPACE,
9th ed. H.J. de Blij, Alexander B. Murphy and Erin H. Fouberg. John Wiley and Sons, 2009.
Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2012 ed.
Recommended Study Guides:
Atlas of World Geography, John L. Allen. McGraw Hill College Div;
ISBN 0072285680. 1999.
Coloring Book, Wynn Kapit. Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0321032810. 1999.