AP Human Geography: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Human Geography Course Description.
  • The course provides a systematic study of human geography, including the following topics outlined in the Course Description:
    • Geography: Its Nature and Perspective
    • Population
    • Cultural Patterns and Processes
    • Political Organization of Space
    • Agricultural and Rural Land Use
    • Industrialization and Economic Development
    • Cities and Urban Land Use
  • The course teaches the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space.
  • The course teaches spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global.
  • The course teaches students how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models. GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images, though not required, can be used effectively in the course.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level human geography textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school provides a collection of maps, atlases, and other resource materials (which could include data sources, case studies, mapping software, newspapers, and magazines) for use by students.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has copies of additional college-level geography textbooks and other appropriate college-level books for his or her consultation.
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