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Welcome to AP Human Geography
Ms. Anderson
Phone: 548-4051 room 112
E-mail: panderso@hs.spotsylvania.k12.va.us

Course Description: The new college-level social studies course provides students with the opportunity to identify and analyze contemporary concerns and problems from local, national, and global perspectives in Human Geography. Using geographical tools and skills, we will explore issues such as population distribution and composition, cultural patterns and processes, political organization, land use, industrialization and economic development, and urbanization. The AP Human Geography student will take the World Geography Standards of Learning test (SOL) and is eligible to take the AP Human Geography exam. Attendance is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED due to the pace of covered material.

Course Objective:This course is designed to instill in students a strong understanding of the patterns and processes that reflect and shape human impact upon the earth. Students will learn the importance of spatial analysis and evaluation, to employ spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation, and develop a geographic perspective from the analysis of several outside works of non-fiction regarding various geographical topics.

Themes of the Course:
- Importance of spatial analysis and interpretation
- Recognizing and drawing conclusions in the study of patterns and processes. - The cause and effect of human beings on the rural and urban landscape. - The role of geography in shaping culture and society.

- Understanding the tools and procedures used by geographers to make analysis and draw conclusions.

Required Materials:
- Textbook is Rubenstein’s The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2008. (school will provide textbook) -Workbook Preparing for the World Geography SOLs Amsco Publishing (school will provide workbook) - Notebook (like a 3-ringed binder)

- Paper, #2 Pencils; Pens (blue or black ONLY)
- Book cover for textbook. Student will bring book daily to class. - Internet access (school library, public library, from home, local free WIFI areas, etc.)

Suggested materials:
- Student Notebook Atlas (paperback/ designed for 3-ringed binders) -Colored pencils
- One ULTRA fine-point or liquid ink black marker for labeling/ map making - High-lighters, index cards, post it notes
- “composition” notebook
- Box of tissues/ bottle of hand sanitizer/ sanitizer wipes
Projects throughout the year may require manila folders, newspapers, poster board, magazines, scissors, glue sticks, etc. for display purposes. These will be assigned in advance to acquire the necessary materials.

COURSE DESIGN:
UNIT ONE: Geographic Foundations (5 weeks) Maps/Tools, Concept of Landscape, Spatial Diffusion, Globalization UNIT TWO: Population Geography (4 Weeks) Population Distribution, Population Statistics, Population Crisis, Migration UNIT THREE: Cultural Geography (7 weeks) Folk v. Popular Culture, World Cultures, World Languages/ Religions/ Ethnicity, Cultural Landscapes UNIT FOUR: Political Geography(6 weeks) Nation v. State, Development of Boundaries, Conflicts and Challenges, International Organizations, Supranationalism vs. Devolution UNIT FIVE: Agriculture and Land Use(5 weeks) Origins and Development of Agriculture, Distribution of Agricultural Activities, Globalization of Agriculture. Land Use Patterns UNIT SIX: Economics, Development, & Industry (5 weeks) Historical Background: Industrial Revolution, Location of Business and Industry, Types of Economic Activity, Globalization v. Local Development, Land Use Patterns UNIT SEVEN: Urban Geography (4 weeks) Modern Urban Centers, Growth Processes, Urban Models, Land Use Patterns, Urban Trends and Problems

AP EXAM- MAY 13, 2011: This optional exam will be administered at RHS.

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