ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORYCourse #Grade Level: 10—12Prerequisite: Teacher approval and signed AP contractLength: Year
This course meets UC/CSU (a) and VMHS graduation requirements for social science credit. Advanced Placement World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply histori- cal thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance—focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures—provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam.