AP World History Modern

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  • Welcome to AP World History Modern! Here you can find helpful course information.

    Information about the course: AP World History Modern can fulfill the World History graduation requirement in North Carolina. In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

    Course Structure: AP World History: Modern is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history. Since this is a college-level course, students will be working with a college-level textbook and readings. In order to earn college credit, students must earn a 3, 4, or 5 on their AP Exam in May.


    Course Pacing over the Year:

    Due to AP World History Modern often being a student's first AP course, the course is paired with Honors World Humanities in the Fall to provide a full year to develop the skills required for success on the AP Exam. Both courses must be taken together. Units are based on the CollegeBoard course curriculum, and include a rough pacing below. 

    Fall Semester (Honors World Humanities)

    • Q1 - Foundations Unit, U1 - The Global Tapestry, U2 - Networks of Exchange 
    • Q2 - U3 - Land Based Empires, U4 - Transoceanic Interconnections, U5 - Revolutions

    Spring Semester (AP World History Modern)

    • Q3 - U6 - Consequences of Industrialization, U7 - Global Conflict, U8 - Cold War and Decolonization
    • Q4 - U9 - Globalization, Exam Review, and Post- AP Exam


    For more information about the AP Exam and Course content, please review the AP Course Exam description below. 

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