AP Human Geography

  • Course Description:

    AP Human Geography provides high school students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human geography or cultural geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Content is presented thematically rather than regionally, and is organized around the discipline's main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography.

    Essential Concepts/Skills

    • Students will develop skills to be more geoliterate, engaged in contemporary global issues, and multicultural in their viewpoints.
    • Students will become proficient in interpreting a variety of maps, graphs, charts and visual representations of human activity.
    • Students will understand associations and networks among phenomena in particular places and explain their implications.
    • Students will recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis.
    • Students will define regions and evaluate the regionalization process.

    Major Units

    Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
    Population and Migration
    Cultural Patterns and Processes
    Political Organization of Space

    Agriculture, Food Production & Rural Land Use
    Industrialization and Economic Development
    Cities and Urban Land Use
    Test Practice