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Instructor: F.Gonzalez                                                                                                                                
Course: AP World History
Fall 2009
Engineering & Design SLC



Course Syllabus and Outline

The course is designed for high school sophomores who desire an academic challenge in a broad view of World History. Students will experience college level course work that explores the 20th Century as a result of a long process of cultural and societal development. In addition to history, the course will stress college level reading, analysis of primary documents, and writing. Students are also expected to take the AP World History test in May of 2010.

The course will be divided into six thematic units:

1.       The relationship of change and continuity from 8000 BCE to the present.

2.       Impact of interaction among and within major societies.

3.       Impact of technology, economics, and demography on people and the environment.

4.       Systems of social structure and gender structure.

5.       Cultural, religious, and intellectual development.

6.       Changes of function and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including the emergence of the nation-states.

Teaching Strategies

The course will be a combination of lectures and discussion based upon assigned text readings in addition to teacher provided journal articles, current news events, weekly and daily television news shows, primary source material, tests, essays, quizzes, and supplementary materials. The purpose of the course is to prepare the students to pass the AP Exam for World History.

Required texts for this course:

Stearns, Peter,, World Civilizations: the Global Experience. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Prentice Hall, 2005.

Andrea, Al & Overfield, James. The Human Record: Sources of Global History, Vol I & II.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Students will also be required to keep up with daily events in the nation and the world and participate in a daily discussion on these events. Further students will have to analyze and be tested on maps and graphs and other forms of visually presented information.

Grading and Course Requirements

Grades are computed on a cumulative point basis; tests, essays, homework assignments are all worth a given number of points. At the end of the grading period the grade is determined by dividing the total points possible by points earned. Assessment is based on quizzes and unit test consisting of objective questions and free response essay questions assessing student knowledge of lectures, vocabulary, discussion and readings. In addition to listed course work there may be additional Videos, Primary Documents, and additional readings as assigned.

Course Content with Readings

Unit One: Introduction & Beginnings- c.8000 BCE to 600 CE (4-5 weeks with Review)

1. Introduction to the AP World Course

            o Become familiar with the AP World Curricular Requirements and five AP World

  History Themes

o Introduce the concepts of change, continuity, and comparison that will be used

     through out the course

o Discuss how and why the course is broken up into five units: an understanding of

     of Historical Periods from 8000 BCE to present

2. Agricultural Revolution to the First River-Valley Civilizations (8000-1500 BCE)
o Define civilization and its key traits

o Mesopotamia & Egypt

     o Comparison of river valley civilizations Essay Assignment

                        Stearns, Ch 1

            Stearns, Document: “Hammurabi’s Law Code”, pg. 19-20

            Stearns, In Depth, “Asia’s Legacy”, pg. 26-27 

            Andrea, “Epic of Gilgamesh”, pg. 7-13

            Andrea, “Search for Eternal Life in Egypt”, pg. 18-22

            Videos: “Mesopotamia”,Egypt

3. New Civilizations in the Eastern & Western Hemispheres (2200-250 BCE)

     o Early Chinese civilizations

     o First civilizations of the Americas

                        Stearns, Ch 2

            Stearns, Document: “Teaching of Rival Chinese Schools”, pg. 42

            Stearns, In Depth, “Women in Patriarchal Societies”, pg. 45

            Andrea, the Book of Documents”, pg. 27

                        Videos: “China”

4. India & the Middle East (2000-500 BCE)

     o India

     o World religions overview: students use internet sources to investigate major world religions

                        Stearns, Ch 3

            Stearns, In Depth, “Inequality”, pg. 62

            Stearns, Visualizing the Past, pg. 64-65

            Andrea, “The Rig Veda”, pg. 42-46

            Andrea, “The Bhagavad-Gita”, pg. 67-70

                        Videos: India

5. Greece and Iran (1000-30 BCE)

     o Rise of Greek city-states

     o Struggles of Persia & Greece

     o Spread of Hellenism

                        Stearns, Ch 4

            Stearns, In Depth, Classical Mediterranean Perspective”, pg. 77-78

            Introduce the DBQ: interpret and analyze primary and secondary source documents, Stearns, pg, 32-33

            Andrea, “Homer, The Odyssey”, pg. 46-50

            Andrea, “Thucydides, History”, pg. 105-111       

            Video: “Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

6. India & Southeast Asia (1500 BCE – 600 CE)

     o Spread of Buddhism & Hinduism

     o Point of view analysis on Buddhist & Hindu primary & secondary source               


                        Stearns, Document: “The Popularization of Buddhism”, pg. 104-105

            Andrea, “ Zarathustra, Gathas”, pg. 77-80

            Andrea, “Laozi, The Classic of the Way and Virtue”, pg.87-90

            Andrea, Confucius, the Analects”, pg. 90-96

            Andrea, Han Fei, The Writings”, pg. 96-98

            Video: “Life of Buddha

7. An Age of Empires: Rome & Han China

        o Comparison on the empires of Rome & Han China

        o Collapse of Empires

                        Stearns, Ch 5

            Stearns, Document: “Rome and a Values Crisis”, pg. 86

            Stearns, In Depth, “Nomads and Cross-Civilization Contacts”, pg. 94-95

            Andrea, “Virgil, The Aeneid”, pg. 130-134

            Andrea, “Ban Zhao, Lessons for Women”, pg. 145-149

                        Video: “Rome


Multiple Choice Test

DBQ #3: “The Influence of Geography on History”

DBQ #4: “Achievements of the Ancient Empires”

Continuity & Change Essay: RTQ from AP College Board to be selected _______________________________________________________________________

Unit Two: 600-1450 CE (5-6 Weeks with Review)

8. The Rise of Islam and contact with Hinduism (600-1200 CE)

     o Origins of Islam, caliphates, and Islamic civilization

     o DBQ topic: Principles Concerning the Treatment of Women, pg. 118-119

                        Stearns, Ch 6 & 7

            Stearns, In Depth, “Civilization and Gender Relationship”, pg. 136-137

            Stearns, Document: “The Thousand and One Nights”, pg. 141

            Stearns, In Depth, pg. 166-167

            Andrea, “The Quran”, pg. 235-239

            Andrea, Malik ibn Anas, The Smoothed Path”, pg. 246-253

            Andrea, 2”Creed Concerning Imams, pg. 254-256

            Movie: “The Message

9. African Civilizations and the Spread of Islam

     o African Societies: Diversity and Similarities

     o Kingdoms of the Grasslands

                        Stearns, Ch 8

            Stearns, Document: “ The Great Oral Tradition”, pg. 178

            Stearns, In Depth, “Two Transitions”, pg. 184-185

            Andrea, “Meadows of Gold”, pg. 383-386

            Andrea, “Ethiopian Royal Chronicle”, pg. 391-394

            Video: “African Addido: English Version

10. Christian Europe Emerges (600-1200 CE)

     o Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe, Kievan Russia, and the Crusades

     o The Spread of Civilization over Eastern Europe

     o Western Culture in the Post Classical Era

                        Stearns , Ch 9 & 10

            Stearns, Document: “Russia Turns to Christianity”, pg. 207

            Stearns, Document: “Changing Roles for Women”, pg. 231

            Andrea, “The Mosaics of San Vitale”, pg. 343-346

            Andrea, “The Capitulary on Saxony” pg. 355-359

            Andrea, The Alexiad”, pg. 373-375

            Video: “Byzantium: Lost Empire

11. Civilizations of the Americas (600-1500 CE)

     o Mesoamerican Cultures: Maya & Aztecs

     o Aztec Society in Transition

     o Andean Cultures: Moche & Inca

                        Stearns Ch 11

            Stearns, Document: “Aztec Women and Men”, pg. 248-249

            Andrea, Book of Gods and Rites”, pg. 403-409

            Video: “The Mayas”& “The Aztecs

12. Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Tang and Song Dynasties & Spread of Chinese Culture

     o Rebuilding the Imperial Edifice

     o Tang Decline and Rise of the Song

     o The Golden Age of China

     o Japan and the rise of the Warrior

     o Korea: Between China and Japan     

     o Vietnam

                        Stearns, Ch 12& 13

            Stearns, In Depth, “Artistic Expression”, pg. 281-282

            Stearns, In Depth, “Comparing Feudalisms”, pg. 295-296

            Stearns, Visualizing the Past, pg. 304-305

            Stearns, Document: “Literature as a Mirror”, pg. 308

            Andrea, “The Old Tang History”, pg. 296-299

            Andrea, Chronicle of the Grand Pacification”, pg. 285-290

13. Mongol Eurasia (1200-1500 CE)

     o The Rise & Effect of the Mongols

     o The Mongol Drive to the West

     o The Mongols in Chinese History

                        Stearns, Ch 14

            Stearns, Document: “European Assessment of the Mongols”, pg. 317

            Stearns, In Depth, “Eclipse of the Nomadic War Machine”, pg. 330-331

            Andrea, “Journey of the Land of the Tartars”, pg. 432-437

            Andrea, “The Practice of Commerce”, pg. 445-447

            Video: “Ghengis Khan: Terror & Conquest

14. The Latin West (1200-1500 CE)

     o Population growth and Black Death

     o The Decline of the Old Order

     o The Renaissance, Hundred Years War

     o Polynesia and the Pacific

                        Stearns, Ch 15

            Stearns, Visualizing the Past, pg. 339

            Stearns, Document: “Italian Renaissance Culture”, pg. 342

            Stearns, In Depth, Ethnocentrism”, pg. 346

                        Video: “The Black Death


Multiple Choice Test

DBQ #5: “When Cultures Collide”

Continuity & Change Essay: RTQ from AP College Board to be selected

Unit Three: 1450-1750 BCE (5-6 Weeks with Review)

15. The World Economy

        o Expansion before 1450: Pacific, Indian, & Atlantic Ocean

        o European Expansion and Maritime Development

        o DBQ Topic: European Encounters & Impact of Western Europe on World Trade

                        Stearns, Ch 16

                        Stearns, In Depth, Causation and the West’s Expansion”, pg. 365

                        Sterns, Document: “Western Conquers: Tactics and Motives”, pg. 373-374

                        Andrea, “King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella”, pg. 89-92

16. Transformation in Europe (1500-1750 CE)

     o The Reformation, Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment

     o Science and Politics

     o The West by 1750

     o Absolute Monarchies and Religion

                        Stearns, Ch 17

            Stearns, In Depth, “Elites and Masses”, pg. 393

            Stearns, Document: “Controversies about Women”, pg. 396-397

            Andrea, “Voltaire, Treatise on Toleration”, pg. 158-160

            Andrea, “English Bill of Rights”, pg. 182

            Andrea, “Declaration of the Rights of Man”, pg. 188

17. Rise of Russia (1450-1750 CE)

     o Russian Expansionism

     o Russian Modernization and Peter I

                        Stearns, Ch 18

            Stearns, Document: “Nature of Westernization”, pg. 411

            Andrea, “Peter the Great, Edicts and Decrees”, pg. 174-177

            Andrea, “On the Corruption of Morals in Russia”, pg. 178-181

            Video: “Peter the Great

18. Early Latin America (1450-1750 CE)

     o Spanish and Portuguese

     o Destruction and Transformation of the American Indian

     o Colonial Economics

     o Brazil

     o Multiracial Societies

                        Stearns, Ch 19

            Stearns, Document: “A Vision from the Vanquished”, pg. 425-426

            Stearns, In Depth, “The Great Exchange”, pg. 430-431

            Andrea, Encomienda Records”, pg. 137-139

            Andrea, Complaint of the Indians”, pg. 139-142

19. Africa and Atlantic Slave Trade (1400-1800 CE)

     o Atlantic Slave Trade

     o Settling South Africa/African Diaspora

                        Stearns, Ch 20

            Stearns, In Depth, “Slavery and Human Society”, pg. 463-464

            Stearns, Document: “Middle Passage”, pg. 465-466

            Andrea, “Afro-Portuguese Trade”, pg. 117-118

            Andrea, “Political Breakdown”, pg. 121-124

            Video: “Amistad

20. Muslim Empires (1250-1700 CE)

     o Ottoman Empire Expansion

    o Muslim Empire and India

                        Stearns, Ch 21

            Stearns, Document: “Islamic Traveler Laments”, pg. 481

            Stearns, In Depth, “Gunpowder Empires”, pg. 484-485

            Andrea, “Turkish Letters”, pg. 43-47

            Andrea, “Jahangir, Memoirs”, pg. 52-56

21. Asian Transitions and Global Challenges

     o Asian Trading and the Europeans

     o Ming Dynasty and Isolationism

     o Japan and the West

                        Stearns, Ch 22

            Stearns, In Depth, “Means and Motives for Overseas Expansion”, pg. 515-516

            Andrea, “Closed Country Edict of 1635”, pg. 31

            Andrea, “Symptoms of Ming Decline”, pg. 23-27

            Movie Excerpt, “Shogun”

            Video: “Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire


Multiple Choice Test

DBQ #6: “Societal Change in The First Global Age”

DBQ #7: “Cause of Revolution”

Continuity & Change Essay: RTQ from AP College Board to be selected


Unit Four: 1750- 1914 CE (4-5 Weeks with Review)

22. Industrialized Society in the West (1750-1914 CE)

     o The Enlightenment & the Old Order

     o The American & French Revolutions and how Revolution Spreads

     o Diplomatic Tensions and WWI

     o DBQ topic: Liberalism and Conservatism & Education in USA and Japan

                        Stearns, Ch 23

            Stearns, Document: “Women in the Industrial Revolution”, pg. 545-546

            Stearns, In Depth, The US in World History”, pg. 556-557

            Andrea, “Political Cartoons”, pg. 190-194

            Andrea, “Thomas Paine, Common Sense”, pg. 195-200

            Video: “The French Revolution

23. Industrialization and Imperialism (1600-1900 CE)

     o Industrial Rivalries and the Partition of the World

     o Patterns of Dominance

     o Capitalism and Colonialism

                        Stearns, Ch 24

            Stearns, In Depth, Western Education”, pg. 571-572

            Stearns, Document: “Colonizer versus the Colonized”, pg. 581

            Andrea, “The Communist Manifesto”, pg. 277-284

            Andrea, “Origin of the Species”, pg. 281-285

            Video: “Colonialism and Imperialism

24. The Consolidation of Latin America (1830-1920 CE)

     o Independence in Latin America

     o Politics, Church and Heritage

     o Europeans and Economics

                        Stearns, Ch 25

            Stearns, Document: “Confronting the Hispanic Heritage”, pg. 596-597

            Stearns, In Depth, “Explaining Underdevelopment”, pg. 609-610

            Andrea, “Latin America: Its Rise and Progress”, pg. 449-453

            Andrea, “Cardenas, Speech to the Nation”, pg. 453-455

25. Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism (1650-1900 CE)

     o The Ottoman, Russian, and Qing Empires

     o Western Intrusion in to Islamic Regions

                        Stearns, Ch 26

            Stearns, In Depth, “Western Dominance”, pg. 620-621

            Stearns, Document: “Building a New China”, pg. 636

            Andrea, “The Curse of Opium”, pg. 339-342

            Andrea, “Ottoman Reforms”, pg. 321-323

26. Russia and Japan-Industrialization (1700-1900 CE)

     o Russian Industrialization

     o Russian Revolution

     o Japan Transformation

                        Stearns, Ch 27

            Stearns, Document: “Conditions of Russian Factory Workers”, pg. 647-648

            Stearns, In Depth, “Separate Paths of Japan and China”, pg. 654-655

            Andrea, “Letter of Mitsubishi Employees”, pg. 353-356


Multiple Choice Test

DBQ #8: “Effects of Industrialization and Imperialism”

Continuity & Change Essay: RTQ from AP College Board to be selected


Unit Five: The 20th Century to the Present (6-7 Weeks with Review)

27. The Crises of the Imperial Order (1900-1929 CE)

o The Great War & the Russian Revolution            

o Contrasting destinies of China & Japan

o The New Middle East

                        Stearns, Ch 28

                        DBQ “Decolonization & Population Growth”, pg 668-669

                        Document: “Slaughter in the Trenches”, pg 685.

                        Andrea, “Comments of the German Delegation” pg 381-384

                        Andrea, “Kemal: Speech to Congress”, pg 432-435

                        Macmillan, Paris 1919, excerpts 

                        Wilfred Owens: Poems

                        Video: “The Great War

28. The Collapse of the Old Order (1929-1949 CE)

o The Stalin Revolution & the Great Depression

o Rise of Fascism

o East Asia from 1931-1945


                        Stearns, Ch 29-31

                        Stearns, Document: “Realism”, pg 745

                        Andrea, “Lenin: What is to be done?” pg 396-389

                        Andrea, “Stalin: Five Year Plan”, pg. 389-393

                        Video: “Hitler”, Lenin”, “Stalin

29. Independence in Africa, India & Latin America (1900-1949 CE)

        o Diversity & Dominance Activity

        o Cause of WWII

        o Emergence of Super Powers

                        Stearns, Ch 31
                        Stearns, In Depth, “Total War”, pg. 754-755

                        Andrea, “Literature of Hope and Oppression”, pg. 421-427

                        Andrea, “Letter to French Chamber of Deputies”, pg. 445-447

30. The Cold War & Decolonization (1945-1975 CE)      

        o The Cold War, Vietnam & Korea

        o Regional Conflicts and Tensions

                        Stearns, Ch 32 & 35

                        Stearns, In Depth, “The US and Western Europe”, pg. 790-791

                        Stearns, Document, “1986- A New Wave of Soviet Reform”, pg 808-809

                        Andrea, “Cold War Origins: US Perspective”, pg. 469-474

                        Andrea, Cold War Origins: a Soviet Perspective”, pg. 474-476

31. The Dawn of the Post-Cold War World (1975-1991 CE)

        o Revolutions in Latin America, Iran & Afghanistan

        o Collapse of the Socialist Bloc

        o Persian Gulf War

        o The Challenge of Population Growth, Unequal Development & the Environment

                        Stearns Ch 33 & 34

                        Stearns, In Depth, “Human Rights in the 20th Century”, pg. 827-828

                        Stearns, In Depth, “Artificial Nations”, pg. 842-843

                        Stearns, Document: “Cultural Creativity in the Emerging Nations,” pg. 847

32. Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium

        o The Global Economy & Terrorism

        o Universal & Women’s Rights

                        Stearns Ch 36

                        Stearns, Document: “Protests Against Globalization”, pg. 914-915

                        Andrea, “The Worldview of Osama bin Ladin”, pg. 517-522

                        Andrea, “The Dangers of NAFTA, GATT, and Free Trade”, pg. 527-530

                        Andrea, “Free Trade is the Answer”, pg. 530-533

                        ABS News: “Sharing Freedom
                        Video: “Desert Storm


Multiple Choice Test

DBQ #1: “Root of Conflict: The World at War”

DBQ #2: “Global Interdependence”


Unit VI. Review & AP World History Exam (2 Weeks)

o Final Presentations and Final Exam

o Review of course materials and key points

o Presentations/overview of final papers

o 100 question exam and essays

Supplemental Readings: all or part of the following sources maybe used.

• Art Prints: Museum Collections from Asia, Africa, Europe, North & South America

• Diamond, Guns, Germs & Steel. Norton 1999

• Macmillan, Margaret, Paris 1919, Random House, 2003.

• Films on relevant topics from:

     o A& E Biography Video

     o History Channel Videos

     o National Geographic Videos & Articles

     o PBS Videos

     o Smithsonian

     o Time Life

• Released exams, rubrics & student samples from AP Central

• Williams, William, Ed., Willis, Dr. Aaron, English, Jonathan, DBQ Practice: AP-Style Document-Based Questions Designed to Help Students Prepare for the World History Examination, Social Studies School Service.

• Pearson-Prentice Hall DBQ for AP World History

• Excerpts and readings from the AP College Board web site, including, but not limited to:

     o Social History and World History: Toward Greater Interaction

     o What's the Use of Big History?"

     o Structuring the World History Survey: A First Timer Confesses

     o Teaching Consumerism in World History

     o The Role of the Individual in World History

     o World History: Curriculum and Controversy

     o Matching Textbook Ancillary Resources to Teaching and Learning Styles in the AP Classroom

     o An Emerging Consensus About World History?

     o The Voyages of Christine Columbus

     o Review Essay: Teaching the Great Divergence

     o Why the West?

Due to the fast-paced nature of the course, students will be expected to keep up with the assignments on a weekly basis. All work, except that completed in class, is to be typed, double-spaced and due on the assigned date. No cut & paste, nor any other plagiarism is allowed-first offense will be a “0’ and parental contact, any further violations may result in a “F” for the course. Work may be emailed to .

There will be a multiple choice exam at the end of each unit; these will be done with notes or a book, so it is important that you do the reading and homework as assigned. It is also important that you be prepared to discuss ideas and concepts from the reading—this will be part of you participation grade. You will also watch a variety of videos and films that will help you get a better idea of some of the events we will study.

Mr. Gonzalez

Room B-5

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