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AP World History: Modern (Intensive, NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Students age 13+ in grades 9-12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Course Code: IPWM

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in World History. Students investigate transformative world events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 1200 C.E. to the present. Students act as historians by analyzing sources; comparing historical events, people, and places; using reasoning about contextualization, causation, continuity, and change over time; and developing historical arguments.

Historical Thinking Skills 

The AP World History course cultivates skills in six categories: explaining developments and processes; describing historical context; analyzing primary and secondary sources; evaluating historical arguments; and defending an evidence-based argument.

Themes in AP World History

Historical inquiry often focuses on the study of change and continuity over time and geography. Historical themes help students discern patterns in human society, and advance skills in periodization, comparison, and critical analysis. Throughout the year, students will participate in activities that draw upon primary and secondary sources, and further elucidate themes that span the course. To help remember these themes, we will use the acronym SPICE: 

  • Social Structures: Development and Transformation 
  • Politics and State Building: Expansion and Conflict
  • Interaction between Humans and the Environment
  • Cultures: Development and Interaction
  • Economic Systems: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction

Materials Needed

All enrolled students will have access to the class e-book, which includes plentiful primary and secondary sources in addition to core course text.

In addition, students should purchase the following physical book:

MacGregor, Neil. A History of the World in 100 Objects. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0143124153

Detailed Course Information

This course is divided into seven thematic units, with some chronological overlap:

  1. Late Medieval World
  2. Global Encounters, CE
  3. Nation States Arise
  4. Vying for the Globe
  5. Nationalism and War
  6. Global Reconstruction
  7. The History of Today

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.