AP® Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, agriculture, industry, services and settlements and urban geography. Emphasis is placed on geographic models and their applications. Case studies from around the globe are compared to the situation in both the United States and locally in our state.
- To introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.
- To learn about and employ the methods of geographers, especially including observation, mapmaking, data gathering and reporting, and technical writing.
- To employ spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation to a variety of locations and situations around the globe and in local areas.
- To develop a geographic perspective with which to view the landscape and understand current events.
What can students do to help prepare for this class and the AP exam?
Aside from reading and taking notes from the class textbook and powerpoints every day, some of the best material for illustrating concepts and ideas come from free sources such as the different news media and journal articles. Students should be listening to and reading about current events regulary.Students will be reading journal and newspaper articles from local, national and international levels when possible. An example is the New York Times. It is said to be especially good at providing mapped and graphed information of interest. Additionally, some readings will be taken from the Economist, a magazine that has high interest information by region. The Economist is valued because the articles are current, relevant, fairly easily understood by students, and brief. The following websites are just some examples that may be used to help illustrate concepts learnined in class
U.S. Census Bureau
Digital Atlas of the United States
997 Agricultural Atlas of the United States