University High School - AP Human Geography
I N T R O D U C T I O N
The Advanced Placement Program offers a course and exam in Human Geography to qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in human geography . The exam presumes at least one semester of college-level preparation, as is described in this book .
The inclusion of material in this Course Description and in the exam is not intended as an endorsement by the College Board or ETS of the content, ideas, or values expressed in the material . The material has been selected by geographers who serve as members of the AP Human Geography Development Committee . In their judgment, the material printed here reflects the content of a typical introductory college course in human geography . The exam is representative of such a course and therefore is considered appropriate for the measurement of skills and knowledge in the field of introductory human geography .
T H E C O U R S E
An introductory college course in human geography is generally one semester in length, with some variation among colleges . An AP Human Geography course need not follow any specific college course curriculum but is taught as a yearlong course in most high schools . The aim of the AP course is to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college-level introductory human geography courses.
The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface . Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences . They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications
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