Ms. Rebecca Layton
Friendly High School
Fort Washington, MD 20744
The Advanced Placement World History (APWH) course is an intensive, year long, examination of global history from the period of 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The purpose of APWH is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. This course also builds an understanding of cultural, institutional and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage.
The course is broken down into five major periods of study. They are: ➢ Foundations: 8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.
➢ 600 C.E. to 1450
➢ 1450 to 1750
➢ 1750 to 1914
➢ 1914 to the present
APWH Course Themes:
The APWH course is guided by six themes which will receive equal attention throughout the course:
1. The dynamics of change and continuity across the world history periods
covered in this course, and the causes and processes involved in major changes of
2. Patterns and effects of interaction among societies and regions: trade, war,
diplomacy and international organizations.
3. The effects of technology, economics and demography on people and the
environment (population growth and decline, disease, labor systems,
manufacturing, migrations agriculture and weaponry.)
4. Systems of social structure and gender structure (comparing major features
within and among societies, and assessing change and continuity).
5. Cultural, intellectual and religious developments, including interactions
among and within societies.
6. Changes in functions and structures of states and attitudes towards states
and political identities (political culture), including the emergence of nation-state
(types of political organization).
APWH Habits of Mind or Skills:
The APWH course addresses habits of mind or skills in two categories: (1) those addressed by any rigorous history course, and (2) those addressed by a world history course.
Four habits of mind are in the first category:
➢ Constructing and evaluating arguments: using evidence to make plausible arguments. ➢ Using documents and other primary data: developing the skills necessary to analyze point of view, context and bias and to understand and interpret information. ➢ Assessing issues of change and continuity over time, including the capacity to deal with changes as a process and with questions of causation. ➢ Understanding diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of view and frame of reference.
Three habits of mind belong in the second category:
➢ Seeing global patterns and processes over time and space while also connecting local developments to global ones and moving through levels of generalization from the global to the particular. ➢ Comparing within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global process. ➢ Being aware of human commonalities and differences while assessing claims of universal standards, and understanding culturally diverse ideas and values in historical context.
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