Stephen Blake » AP Human Syllabus

AP Human Syllabus

First Semester

Chapter 1: Thinking Geographically

Describing how geographers address location

Identifying the uniqueness of each point on earth

Making regional comparisons


Chapter 2: Population

Identifying world population distribution

Explaining variances in population increase

Differentiating population distribution

Addressing the global overpopulation issue


Chapter 3: Migration

Understanding push factors and migration

Locating migration distribution patterns

Immigration obstacles

Migration within a country


Chapter 4: Folk and Popular Culture

Identifying location and diffusion of folk culture

Identifying folk culture clusters

Understanding the growth of popular culture

Identifying problems caused by popular culture globalization


Chapter 5: Language

Explaining English language distribution

Locating diffusion of Indo-European languages

Identifying language families and distribution

Addressing preservation of local languages


Chapter 6: Religion

Locating distribution of world religions

Explaining why religions have different distribution patterns

Identifying patterns of religion and space

Identifying and explaining territorial conflict between different religions


Chapter 7: Ethnicity

Identifying ethnic distribution patterns

Explaining how ethnicities become nationalities

Addressing ethnic conflict

Explaining reasons behind ethnic cleansing


Chapter 8: Political Geography

Locating and defining states

Identifying problems caused by boundaries

Cooperation between states

Explaining the rise in terrorism

Second Semester

Chapter 9: Development

Explaining the disparity of global development

Identifying developed and undeveloped regions

Identifying development levels by gender

Understanding obstacles to development


Chapter 10: Agriculture

The origins of agriculture

Identifying distribution of subsistence agriculture

Identifying modern agricultural methods and distribution

Understanding challenges at all levels of farming


Chapter 11: Industry

Identifying the origins of industry

Locating global industrial activity

Understanding the distribution of various industries

Identifying challenges of modern industry


Chapter 12: Services

Explaining the growth of the service sector

Understanding the pattern of distribution of service industries

Identifying large-scale service centers

Explaining the downtown service clusters


Chapter 13: Urban Patterns

Locating urban areas

Explaining the structure of urban models

Identifying distinct problems facing inner cities

Identifying distinct problems facing suburbia


Chapter 14: Resource Issues

Understanding the strain on available resources

Identifying pollution issues

Identifying renewable and recyclable resources

Understanding the concept of sustainable development




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