• Welcome to AP Human Geography!

    Human Geography goes beyond where things are on the map. We examine the patterns and processes of how humans have interacted with the Earth's surface over time. By seeking to answer the "why of where" you will gain a deeper understanding of course topics. This course is a semester-long course. 


    Why take AP Human Geography? This course is interdisciplinary and pulls concepts from many of the other courses you have taken in high school. It helps tie everything together. In the information era, employers value those who can examine data sets and trends to make informed decisions. By understanding patterns and processes, you will deepen your critical thinking skills and consider challenging topics

    How do I Earn College Credit? AP courses are a great way for students to earn college credit. At Ragsdale, students have been very successful in this course with the class generally performing above the state and global averages. To earn college credit at any UNC System school students must earn a 3 on this exam. AP Credits are also taken at colleges throughout the United States, both public and private.

    Interested in learning more about AP Human Geography? Contact Mr. Moss at mossm@gcsnc.com


    In this course we will focus on the following topics:

    • The Tools Geographers Use
      • The Five Themes of Geography, Map Projections, GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS, Scale
    • Population and Migration
      • Population Clusters, Pronatalist vs. Antinatalist, Population Demographics, Push/Pull Factors, Immigration Policy
    • Cultural Patterns and Processes
      • Key Elements of Culture, Types of Diffusion, The Spread of Language and Religion, Gendered Spaces, Ethnicity, and Race
    • Political Geography
      • Border Disputes, Territoriality, Contested Land Claims, Electoral Geography, Ethnic Conflicts
    • Agricultural and Rural Land Use
      • Agricultural Regions, Commercial v. Subsistence Agriculture, Commodity Chains, GMOs vs. Organic, Current Trends in Agriculture 
    • Urban Land Use
      • The Growth of Cities, Urban Patterns, Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Issues Cities Face
    • The Geography of Economic Development
      • The Industrial Revolution, Economic Sectors, Theories of Development, The Global Economy



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