Unit 1: Geography--Its Nature and Practices

From the College Board: (emphasis mine)

AP Human Geography emphasizes the importance of geography as a field of inquiry and introduces students to the concept of spatial organization. Knowing the location of places, people, and events is a gateway to understanding complex environmental relationships and interconnections among places and across landscapes.

Geographic concepts emphasized throughout the course are location, space, place, scale of analysis, pattern, regionalization, and globalization. These concepts are basic to understanding spatial behavior, the dynamics of human population growth and migration, patterns of culture, political control of territory, areas of agricultural production, the changing location of industry and economic development strategies, and evolving human settlement patterns, particularly urbanization. Students learn how to use and interpret maps and spatial data, apply mathematical formulas, and interpret models in order to better understand the world from a spatial perspective.

The course enables students to consider the regional organization of various phenomena and encourages geography analysis in order to understand processes in a changing world. For example, geographic perspectives on the impact of human activities on the environment, from local to global scales, include effects on land, water, atmosphere, population, biodiversity, and climate. These human ecological examples are inherent throughout the course, especially in topics dealing with population growth, agricultural and industrial practices, and rapid urbanization. A significant outcome of the course is developing students' awareness of geographic methods and the relevance of geospatial technologies to a variety of situations (e.g., everyday life, planning and public policy, professional decision making, problem solving at scales from local to global).