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 my state. CD-ROM and Internet activities are used to explore certain topics.
- 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 everyday, some of the best material for illustrating concepts and ideas can come from newspapers. Students should be listening to and reading about current events. Many resources are available (smart phone apps are a great start).Students will use newspaper articles from the local, state, and national 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 Web sites may be used to find and make maps that illustrate concepts; the sites also give students a chance to explore and learn from the information available there.
U.S. Census Bureau
Digital Atlas of the United States
997 Agricultural Atlas of the United States