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AP Human Geography

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AP Human Geography Course Description:
Course Overview: The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an
introductory college-level course in human 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 employ
spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization
and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and
tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects
the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

Course Content: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be
able to:

• Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data
• Understand and explain the implications of associations and networks
among phenomena in places
• Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes
at different scales of analysis
• Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process
• Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places
The AP Human Geography course is organized around seven major topics:
• Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
• Population and Migration
• Cultural Patterns and Processes
• Political Organization of Space
• Agriculture, Food Production, and Rural Land Use
• Industrialization and Economic Development
• Cities and Urban Land Use

Textbook: The Cultural Landscape, Rubenstein, 11th edition, Pearson Education.

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