SSZ611: AP European History (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Advanced Placement
COURSE TITLE: AP European History
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
About the Program:
The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided relative to the content standards of the AP European History, and use chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and interpretation to demonstrate intellectual reasoning, reflection and research skills.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluation will be comprised of assessments for/of learning in content standards knowledge, historical analysis, making historical connections and social studies research skills utilizing primary source documents.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the AP European History course of study, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of basic chronology and of major events and trends from approximately 1450 (the High Renaissance) to the present.
- Analyze cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political and social history from 1450 to the present.
- Interrelate categories or to trace developments in a particular category through several chronological periods.
- Analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events.
- Take notes from both printed materials and lectures and discussion.
- Write essay examinations, analytical and research papers.
- Express themselves with clarity and precision in oral presentations and written formats, citing sources and crediting phrases and ideas of others.