AP Human Geography

This is a UNIVERSITY level course. See the college board link below.

Cultural Landscapes 12th Ed.

AP College Board overview of AP Human Geography

Students should be able to read college-level texts (books and articles) and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.

AP Human Geography Supply list

Looking for how you can prepare for AP Human Geography over the summer?

1. Familiarize yourself with where countries are located. It is important to have a good mental map of the world. Use The CIA World Factbook maps.

2. Learn the AP Human Geography world regions. (Blank)

3. Build background knowledge about history that could reasonably be expected of a college freshman. Watch 10-12 minute videos on YouTube. While watching focus on causes & effects and advantages & disadvantages. Take notes in your own handwriting. Background Knowledge Playlist

4. Check out the APHG Resources page. It will be updated throughout the summer.

5. Click on the +Google Calendar button to the left and ADD the APHG calendar to your Google Calendar.

APHG Goals

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to

• Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data;

• Understand and explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena in places;

• Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis;

• Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process; and

• Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.

Student image

Units of study

Unit Information and Course Timeline:

The Human Geography course will be broken into 7 units.

Content for each unit includes: Notable Skills: analyze, evaluate spatial data and its changes; create maps; build models; compare & contrast data and patterns; characterize phenomena and explain spatially; recognize, interpret, and connect information[past, present, future]; synthesize where & why

Unit 1: Geography: Its Nature & Perspectives

Rubenstein, Ch. 1; Fouberg, Ch 1

Geography as a field of inquiry, looks at the world from a spatial perspective. Geography offers a set of concepts, skills, and tools that facilitate critical thinking and problem solving. Geographical skills provide a foundation for analyzing world patterns and processes. Geospatial technologies increase the capability for gathering and analyzing geographic information with applications to everyday life. Field experiences continue to be important means of gathering geographic information and data.

Unit 2: Population & Migration

Rubenstein, Ch. 2,3; Fouberg, Ch. 2,3

Knowledge of the geographic patterns and characteristics of human populations facilitates understanding of cultural, political, economic, and urban systems. Populations grow and decline over time and space. Causes and consequences of migration are influenced by cultural, demographic, economic, environmental, and political factors.

Unit 3: Cities & Urban Land Use

Rubenstein, Ch. 12,13; Fouberg, Ch. 9

The form, function, and size of urban settlements constantly changing. Models help understand the distribution and size of cities. Models of internal city structure and urban development provide a framework for urban analysis. Built landscapes and social spaces reflect the attitudes and values of a population. Urban areas face economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental challenges.

Unit 4: Cultural Patterns and Processes

Rubenstein, Ch. 4,5,6,7; Fouberg, Ch. 4,5,6,7

Concepts of culture frame the shared behaviors of a society. Culture varies by region.

Unit 5: Political Organization of Space

Rubenstein, Ch. 8; Fouberg, Ch. 8

The contemporary political map has been shaped by events of the past. Spatial political patterns reflect ideas of territoriality and power a variety of scales. The forces of globalization challenge contemporary political-territorial arrangements.

Unit 6: Agricultural, Food Production, & Rural Land Use

Rubenstein, Ch. 9; Fouberg, Ch. 11

The development of agriculture led to widespread alteration of the natural environment. Major agricultural regions reflect physical geography and economic forces. Settlement patterns and rural land use are reflected in the cultural landscape. Changes in food production and consumption present challenges and opportunities.

Unit 7: Industrialization & Economic Development

Rubenstein, Ch. 10, 11; Fouberg, Ch. 10, 12

The Industrial Revolution, as it diffused from its hearth, facilitated improvements in standards of living. Measures of development are used to understand patterns of social and economic differences at a variety of scales. Development is a process that varies across time and space. Sustainable development is a strategy to address resource depletion and environmental degradation.

Exam Review 2-3 weeks

*Chapter reading may be adjusted at the discretion of the instructor