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Course Syllabus: AP World History 1 and 2

E. Kent Webb
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AP World History 1

Course Content Objectives:

This global history course is the first year of a two-year loop course offering a
comprehensive narrative of world history. The course covers the first half of human
history from the Neolithic Revolution up to the mid-15th century C.E. The students will
learn the general periodization of pre-modern history as well as the interaction and
interconnections between different civilizations, societies and peoples in different
geographic regions and/or cultural basins at different periods in time (e.g. The
Mediterranean, The Indian Ocean, East Asia and Oceania, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan
Africa). The course in particular stresses the impact of social, economic and political
exchange in the formation of pre-modern states and ideologies. It also prepares students
to take and pass the AP World History exam.

AP World History 2

Course Content Objectives:

This global history course is the second year of a two-year loop course offering a
comprehensive narrative of world history. The course covers the second half of human
history from the mid-15th century C.E. to the present. The students will learn the general
periodization of modern history as well as the transformative changes that occur in
different regions and their global ramifications. In particular, the class stresses the
interrelationship between political, economic, demographic and technological revolutions
in the last five hundred and fifty years. It also considers the increasing and accelerated
interconnections and interdependence of different regions and peoples of the world. The
class also prepares students to take and pass the AP World History exam.

Course Skills Objectives:

AP World History 1 and 2 helps to introduce and develop the following skills essential to
the field of History:

      Constructing and evaluating arguments: using evidence to make plausible
      Using documents and other primary data: analyzing point of view, and
       understanding and interpreting information
      Assessing issues of change and continuity over time, including the capacity to
       deal with change as a process and with questions of causation
      Understanding diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of
       view, and frame of reference
      Seeing global patterns and processes over time and space while also connecting
       local developments to global ones and moving through levels of generalizations
       from the global to the particular
      Comparing within and among societies, including comparing societies reactions
       to global processes
      Being aware of human commonalities and differences while assessing claims of
       universal standards, and understanding culturally diverse ideas and values in
       historical context
      Determining the significance of historical phenomena
      Applying multiple units of analysis to historical phenomena
      Awareness of scale and the ability to switch scale
      Ability to contextualize a given historical event or phenomena

General Course Themes:

Each of the course units in AP World History 1 and 2 explores one or more of the
following themes:

      Patterns and impacts of interaction among societies.
      The relationship between change and continuity from 600 C.E. to the present.
      The impact of technology and demography on people and the environment.
      Systems of social and gender structure.
      Cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within
      Changes in functions and structures of states and attitude toward states and
       political identities including the emergence of the nation state.

Primary Course Texts:

Andrea, A.J. and Overfield, J.H., The Human Record: Sources of Global History,
   Volumes I and II, 5th Edition, Boston, 2005.
Bulliet, R.W., et al., The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, 2nd Edition, Boston,

AP World History 1

Class Text: Earth and Its Peoples
Chapters Covered: 1-16
AP World History Divisions:
     8000 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
     600 – 1450: Units 6, 7 & 8

Fall Semester

Unit 1: The Emergence of Advanced           Topics Covered:
Urban Cultures
                                            Hominid Evolution
Text Readings:                                The Evidence of Physical Anthropology
   EP Chapters 1 & 2                          The Development of Language
                                              The Creation of Culture
Primary Source Readings:                    The Neolithic Revolution
   The Epic of Gilgamesh                      Plant & Animal Domestication
   Babylonian Inscriptions                    New Settlement Patterns
   The Story of Sinuhe                        Urbanization & Specialization
   Indus Valley Civilization Seal Stones    Mesopotamia
Unit Assessment:                              City States
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam           Polytheism
   Document Based Essay Question            Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt
                                              The Nile
                                              Pharonic Ideology
                                            The Indus Valley Civilization
                                              Origins & Character
                                              Theories of Collapse

Unit 2: The Bronze and Classical Ages       Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                              The Bronze Age Near East
   EP Chapters 3 - 7                          Hittites
                                              New Kingdom Egypt
Primary Source Readings:                      Judaea
   The Book of Judges                         Assyria
   The Rig Veda                             Shang & Zhou China
   Plato, Crito                               Warrior Aristocracies
   Rock Edicts of Asoka                       The Value of Bronze
   Roman Funerary Monuments                   Social Philosophies:
   Sima Qian                                      Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism
                                            The Mediterranean Basin
Unit Assessment:                              Bronze & Dark Age Greece
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam           The Rise of the City-State
   Comparative Analysis Essay Question        Oligarchy & Democracy
                                              Secular Philosophy
                                              Alexander & Cosmopolitanism
                                            Bronze & Classical Age India
                                         Indo-Europeans & Vedic Religion
                                         The Origins & Tenets of Buddhism
                                         Mauryan Political Unification
                                       Han China
                                         The Qin & Unification
                                         The Confucian State
                                         The Dynastic Cycle
                                       Ancient Rome
                                         Republic and Empire
                                         Principate and Decline

Unit 3: The Post-Classical World       Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                         Early Medieval Europe
   EP Chapters 8 & 10 (249-263)           Germanic Kingdoms
                                          Papal Rome
Primary Source Readings:                  Viking Raids
   Gregory of Tours                       Feudalism
   Manichaean World Ocean Parable      Gupta India
   The Laws of Manu                       Classical Hinduism
   Faxian, Travels                        The Performance State
                                          Influence on South East Asia
Unit Assessment:                       Interregional Exchange Networks
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam       The Silk Road
   Change Over Time Essay Question        The Indian Ocean Maritime Network
                                          Trans-Saharan Trade
                                              Iron & the Bantu Migrations

Unit 4: The Rise and Spread of Islam   Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                         The Origins of Islam
   EP Chapter 9                          The Arab Peninsula & the Hejaz
                                         Mecca & The Life of the Prophet
Primary Source Readings:                 The Koran
   The Koran                             The Caliphs & Ali
   Muhammad ibn Ishaq, The Life of     Arab Conquest
     Muhammad                            The Umayyad Caliphate
   Ibn Babawayh al-Saduq, Creed          Cities & Conversion
     Concerning the Imams                The Spread of Arabic
   Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali,      The Abbasid Caliphate
     The Alchemy of Happiness            Baghdad
                                         Science, Arts, Philosophy
Unit Assessment:                         The Development of Shari’a
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam          Women & Slaves
   Document Based Essay Question

Spring Semester

Unit 5: Regional Developments and          Topics Covered:
Connections: Byzantium, Russia and
Asia                                       The Byzantine Empire
                                             The Reconquista
Text Readings:                               Caesaropapism
   EP Chapters 10 (pp. 263-272) & 11         Iconoclasm
                                           The Kievan Rus
Primary Source Readings:                     The Varangians & Vladimir
   The Mosaics of San Vitale                 Conversion to Orthodoxy
   The Russian Primary Chronicle             Peasant Society
   Han Yu, Memorial on Buddhism            Chinese Reunification
   Zhang Zeduan, Scroll, Along the River     The Sui and Tang
     During Ching Ming Festival              Chang’an and the Silk Road
                                             Buddhism & Neo-Confucianism
Unit Assessment:                             The Liao, Jin & Song
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam             Song Economic & Technological
   Change Over Time Essay Question              Developments

Unit 6: Peoples of the Americas            Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                             Classical Mesoamerica
   EP Chapter 12                             Teotihuacan
                                             Mayan Civilization
Primary Source Readings:                     Mayan Mathematics & Astronomy
   Moche Ceramics                          Post-Classical Mesoamerica
   Ramon Paine, Report Concerning the        The Toltecs & Aztecs
     Antiquities of the Indians              Ritual & Politics
   The Book of the Community                 Economic Integration
   Pedro de Cieza de Leon, Chronicles      North American Societies
                                             Desert Peoples
Unit Assessment:                             Mississippian Cultures
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam          Cahokia & Mound Builders
   Comparative Analysis Essay Question     Andean Civilization
                                             Environmental Diversity
                                             Moche & Chimu
                                             The Inca Empire

Unit 7: The High Medieval Period           Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                             The Rise of the Mongols
   Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16                 Central Asian Nomadism
                                            Genghis Khan & Unification
Primary Source Readings:                    Mongol Conquest & Regional Khanates
   William of Rubruck, Journey to the     Regional Responses to Mongol Rule
     Land of the Tartars                    Russia & the Golden Horde
   Marco Polo, Description of the World     Persia & Mongol Patronage
   Ming Architecture                        Yuan & Ming China
   The Kangnido                             Koryo & the Yi Kingdom
   Ibn Battuta, Book of Travels           Africa & the Indian Ocean Basin
                                            Islamic Empires: Mali & Delhi
Unit Assessment:                            The Swahili Coast & Culture
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam         The Rise of Malacca
   Document Based Essay Question          European Revival
                                            Plague & Rebellion
                                            Trade & Cities
                                            The Renaissance
                                            Monarchs vs. The Church

Unit 8: The World on the Eve of           Topics Covered:
                                          Global Maritime Expansion
Text Readings:                              The Polynesian Triangle
   EP Chapter 17                            Early Ming Exploration
   Theodore F. Cook, “Zheng He and          The Arawak Migrations
     Chinese Expansion”                   European Maritime Expansion
                                            The Iberian Reconquista
Primary Source Readings:                    Portuguese Eastern Exploration
   Ma Huan, The Overall Survey of the       Spanish Discovery of New World
     Ocean’s Shores                       Spanish Conquest of New World
   Mappa Mundi and other antique world      Cortez & the Aztecs
     maps                                   Pizarro & the Incas
   Christopher Columbus, Letter to the    Portuguese Takeover of the Indian Ocean
     Spanish Monarchs                       The Caravel vs. The Dhow
   Aztec Account of the Conquest of         Creation of Global Trading Network
   Nzinga Mbemba, Letter to the King of

Unit Assessment:
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam
   Comparative Analysis Essay Question

AP World History 2

Class Text: Earth and Its Peoples
Chapters Covered: 18-35

AP World History Divisions:
     1450-1750: Units 1 & 2
     1750-1914: Units 3, 4 & 5
     1914-Present: Units 6, 7 & 8

Fall Semester

Unit 1: The Age of Exploration              Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                              The Transformation of Europe
   EP Chapters18 (pp. 444-463), 19 & 20       The Reformation
                                              Absolutism & Constitutionalism
Primary Source Readings:                      Commercial Innovations
   Juan Gines de Sepulveda                    Social Upheaval
   Bartolome de Las Casas                   Colonial Societies
   Equiano Olaudah                            The Columbian Exchange
                                              Spanish Colonial Society
Unit Assessment:                              Exploitation & Dependency
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam           Puritan New England
   Document Based Essay Question            The Atlantic System
                                              The Plantation System
                                              The Slave Trade
                                              New World Peoples & Cultures
                                                 Creoles, Mestizos, Mulattoes

Unit 2: The Great Land Empires              Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                               Islamic Empires
   EP Chapters 14 (pp. 355-367), 21 & 22        The Ottomans & Gun Powder
   T.F. Cook Jr., “Zheng He and Chinese         The Safavids & Shia Islam
     Expansion”                                 The Mughals & Multiethnic States
                                             The Russian Empire
Primary Source Readings:                        Orthodoxy & Autocracy
   Jahangir, Memoirs                            The Romanov Dynasty
   Sultan Selim I, Letter to Shah Islmail of    Cossacks & Empire
     Persia                                     Westernizers vs. Slavophiles
   Wang Daokun, The Biographies of Zhu The Ming & Early Qing Dynasties
     Jiefu and Gentleman Wang                   Agricultural Economies
   Mikhail Shcherbatov, On the                  Chinese Goods & Aesthetics
     Corruption of Morals in Russia             Chinese Identity
                                             Tokugawa Japan, Korea, Annam
Unit Assessment:                                The Shogunate & Samurais
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam             Japanese Feudalism
   Comparative Analysis Essay                   Merchants, Foreigners & Isolation
                                              Technological Innovation

Unit 3: The Age of Revolutions:             Topics Covered:
   Intellectual, Political and Industrial
                                           The Scientific Revolution
Text Readings:                               Heliocentrism: Copernicus & Galileo
   EP Chapters 18 (pp. 464-469), 23, 24      The Scientific Method: Bacon &
   F. Le Van Baumer, "The Scientific           Newton
     Revolution in the West"               The Enlightenment
   A. Pacey, "Asia and the Industrial        Society & the Church
     Revolution"                             Locke & Voltaire
                                           The French & American Revolutions
Primary Source Readings:                     Enlightenment Ideals
   David Hume, On Miracles                   The Napoleonic Era
   Voltaire, On Tolerance                    The Birth of Nationalism
   The French Declaration of the Rights of   American Independence
     Man                                   The Latin American Enlightenment
   French Cartoons from the revolutionary    The Haitian Revolution
     era                                     Abolition of Slavery
   Toussaint L'Ouverture, Letter to the    The Industrial Revolution
     Directory                               The Domestic System
   The Sadler Report of the House of         The Assembly Line
     Commons                                 Social & Environmental Consequences

Unit Assessment:
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam
   Change Over Time Essay

Unit 4: Nationalism and Imperialism         Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                              Nationalism in the Western Hemisphere
   EP, Chapters 25, 26, 27                    Latin American Independence
   Madhu Kishwar, “The Daughters of           Constitutionalism & Regionalism
       Aryavarta”                             Immigration & Minorities
                                            19 Century Imperialism
Primary Source Readings:                      Global Trade
  Simon Bolivar, A Constitution for           African State Building
    Venuezuela                                British India
  Rammohun Roy, Letter on Indian              Foreign Penetration of China
    Education                               Responses to Imperialism
  Zeng Guofan, Memorandum to Emperor          Modern Warfare
    Xianfeng                                  Ottoman Reform
                                              Qing Disintegration
Unit Assessment:                                  Opium Wars
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam           The Meiji Restoration
   Document Based Question Essay
Spring Semester

Unit 5: New Powers and the New               Topics Covered:
                                             The Second Industrial Revolution
Text Readings:                                 Technological Advances
   EP Chapters 28 & 29                         Mass Migration
                                               Labor Movements & Socialism
Primary Source Readings:                     The Rise of Germany & Japan
  Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, The           Bismarck & Realpolitik
   Communist Manifesto                         Meiji Industrialization
  Charles Darwin, On the Origins of            The Russo-Japanese War
   Species and The Descent of Man            The Scramble for Africa
  Meiji Prints and Drawings                    Political & Economic Motives
  British Advertisements and Illustrations     Social Darwinism & Victorian Racism
   about Imperialism from Books and            Colonial Consequences
   Periodicals                               Expansion of the World Economy
                                               Environmental Effects
Unit Assessment:
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam
   Comparative Analysis Essay

Unit 6: Global Crisis and Collapse           Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                               Crisis in Europe and the Middle East
   EP Chapters 30, 31, 32                      The Ottoman Decline & the Balkans
                                               Industrial Warfare: World War I
Primary Source Readings:                       The Great Revolutions: Russian,
  Poster Art from Germany, England and         Chinese, Mexican
   Australia                                 Collapse of the Old Order
  Vladimir Lenin, What is to Be Done?          The Interwar Period
  Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf                     Stalinist Russia
  Mohandas Gandhi, Indian Home Rule            The Great Depression
                                               The Rise of Fascism
Unit Assessment:                               The Second World War
   15 Question Multiple Choice Exam          Independence Movements
   Change Over Time Essay                      Indian Nationalism
                                               Gandhi & Partition
                                               Argentina & Brazil

Unit 7: Decolonization and the Cold War Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                               The Cold War
   EP Chapter 33                               Capitalism vs. Communism
                                               Communist China
Primary Source Readings:                       The United Nations
  George Kenan, The Long Telegram              Korea & Vietnam
  Nikolai Novikov, Telegram                 Decolonization & Nation Building
  Mao Zedong, Report on an Investigation       Independence in Africa
   of the Peasant Movement in Hunan            Political Struggles
  Ruhollah Khomeini, Islamic Government        Economic Challenges
                                               Ethnic Conflicts
Unit Assessment:                            Instability in the Middle East
 15 Question Multiple Choice Exam              The Creation of Israel
 Document Based Essay                          The Politics of Oil
                                               Westernization & Islam

Unit 8: The Era of Globalization            Topics Covered:

Text Readings:                              Social & Economic Transformation
   EP Chapters 34 & 35                         Post-Industrial Economies
                                               Migration & Demographic Change
Primary Source Readings:                       Resource Exhaustion
  Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika            The End of the Cold War
  Ralph Nader, Free Trade and the Decline      Collapse of the Soviet Union
   of Democracy                                Ethnic Conflict in the Balkans
  Gary Burtless, et al., Globaphobia.          The Persian Gulf War
   Confronting Fears about Free Trade       Interconnections & Interdependence
  World Bank, World Development                Information Technology
   Indicators                                  Multinational Corporations
                                               International Capital
Unit Assessment:                               Global Media & Culture
 15 Question Multiple Choice Exam           Present & Future Challenges
 Change Over Time Essay                        Globalization & Fundamentalism
                                               Environmental Concerns

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