AP Human Geography
The AP Human Geography 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. Special topics with which students engage in include the following: problems of economic development and cultural change, consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, international migration, impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life, struggles over political power and control of territory, conflicts over the demands of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, the inequalities between developed and developing economies, explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, urban problems, and the role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam in May.