AP Human Geography

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Teacher: Jason David
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Departments: Advanced Placement, History & Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 16

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)

This statement, known as the Creation or Cultural Mandate, lays out the marching orders for Mankind in Creation; but how has this actually played out across time and space? How has Man shaped the earth, and how has he been shaped by it? These are the questions we will set out to explore and answer in our study of Human Geography.

AP Human Geography (also known as Cultural Geography) is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. In it, students will be introduced to the methods and concepts used to study patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Among other things, we will be turning our minds on such topics as:

  • What are the relationships between society, culture, politics and space?

  • How can we understand basic physical systems that affect everyday life (e.g. earth-sun relationships, water cycles, wind and ocean currents)?

  • How do we explain how human processes and physical systems have arranged and sometimes changed the surface of the Earth?

  • Can we understand the spatial organization of society, discovering order in what often appears to be random scattering of people and places?

  • How do we best appreciate Earth as the homeland of humankind and provide insight for wise management decisions about how the planet’s resources should be used?

Students will be required to purchase their own textbook:

Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture - 10th Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1118018699

ISBN-10: 1118018699

Tuition: $95 per month per student

Fee: one time $50 materials/copy fee

This is a one-semester course beginning in Spring.

Minimum Enrollment is 6 students