AP European History Course Syllabus by zbs19295


									                                       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.


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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