AP European History Course Syllabus Instructor: Mr. Tillery Phone: 287-4552 Course Description: AP European history is a rigorous academic course that furnishes a basic narrative of events and movements in European history from 1450 to the present. It prepares students for the demands of a college education by providing experience in college level reading, writing and responsibility for learning. Students will be given the opportunity to acquire a formal education not only in course content, but also in the type of academic organization, discipline and self-confidence necessary to succeed in college. Students will investigate the broad themes of intellectual, cultural and political history and will appreciate how those ideas are reflected in trends of philosophy, popular literature and the arts. As events in history can only be understood in terms of their social context, this course will examine demographics and the influences of social classes and gender roles on history. The course will also focus on economic history and the role of industrialization by reviewing the development of commercial practices and changing economic structures to recognize Europe’s influence on the world. In addition to traditional lectures on important themes of history, students are expected to participate in class through discussions of primary documents and events, debates of key issues, role-playing of historic figures and mock trials. Furthermore, students are expected to continually develop their writing skills through regular short essays and document-based questions. The volume of material involved in a survey course covering over five hundred years of history of an entire continent is immense and therefore organization and the maintenance of a notebook of all class materials is essential. Students can expect to do a lot of reading not only in the text, but also from outside sources and research both in the library and through the Internet. AP European history is challenging and stimulating but requires much more time than other high school courses. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. All students taking the course must take the AP examination to pass the course, which will allow qualified candidates to receive college credit for the course. Consequently, there will be a focus on strengthening skills in taking objective exams, in addition to writing clear and compelling essays. Therefore, regular study, frequent practice in test taking and writing and reviews of material are major elements of the course. Units of Study: Several units of study will be covered throughout the course. Crisis in the Late Middle Ages Renaissance and Discovery The Reformation The Age of Religious Wars Absolutism and Constitutionalism Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment Society and Economy in the 18th Century Industrial Revolution French Revolution Reform and Reaction in the 19th Century Age of Nationalism and Imperialism World War and Revolution Age of Anxiety Dictatorships and WWII The Cold War and Social Transformations Modern Challenges (1985-present) Class Readings: The Western Heritage, Seventh Edition Kagan, Ozment, and Turner A History of Western Society, Eighth Edition McKay, Hill, and Buckler The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli Mary, Bloody Mary Carolyn Meyers Utopia Thomas More Candide Voltaire Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler Rena’s Promise Rena Kornreich Gelissen Tests and Essays: All objective tests will be multiple-choice tests. These tests will primarily cover the assigned reading for the current chapters and assigned primary source material. Although we will be discussing many aspects of each chapter, you are responsible for all the material within each one. Essays will be narrow in scope. It will be expected that all essays will follow standard essay format. The thesis statement must be highlighted in some matter. Remember that there is never a right or wrong answer, there is only supported or unsupported. All assignments are due on the date assigned. All homework must be placed on my desk before the tardy bell rings. Late work will not be accepted for credit. If you are working on a homework assignment when the bell rings, it is late and will not be accepted. If you have an excused absence on the date an assignment is due, you will be responsible for bringing the assignment to class the day you return to school. Should you be absent (excused) on the day of a test or essay, you must make it up after school or during tutoring. The make-up test or essay will be different from the original. It will be taken from a test bank. Grading Scale: The school’s grading scale will be followed. Each nine week’s grade will be based on the following percentages: Exams: 45% Daily Work/Homework: 20% (This will include all essays and document based questions.) Quizzes: 20% (There will be ten unannounced quizzes each nine weeks. Expect at least one per week. If you miss one, it cannot be made up. Your average will come from your top seven grades; therefore, you will be able to drop your three lowest scores.) Map Quizzes: 15% Your semester grade will be an average of your first and second nine weeks average. If your average is 91.4, you will receive a “B” for the course, etc. Tardies: You must be in your seat when the bell rings. If you are not, it will count as a tardy. As with all other classes, after five you will be turned into the office.
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