Welcome to AP World History!

TIME PERIODS

 

The AP World History course content is structured around the investigation of course themes and key concepts in six chronological periods. The six historical periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present, provide a temporal framework for the course. The instructional importance and assessment weighting for each period varies.

Period Per

 

PERIOD

PERIOD TITLE

DATE RANGE

WEIGHT

1

Technological and Environmental

Transformations

 

to c. 600 B.C.E.

5%

 

2

Organization and Reorganization of

Human Societies

 

c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600

C.E.

 

15%

 

3

Regional and Transregional Interactions

c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450

20%

4

Global Interactions

c. 1450 to c. 1750

20%

 

5

Industrialization and Global Integration

c. 1750 to c. 1900

20%

6

Accelerating Global Change and

Realignments

 

c. 1900 to the Present

20%

 

THEMES IN AP WORLD HISTORY


Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment

• Demography and disease

• Migration

• Patterns of settlement

• Technology

 

Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures

• Religions

• Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies

• Science and technology

• The arts and architecture

 

Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict

• Political structures and forms of governance

• Empires

• Nations and nationalism

• Revolts and revolutions

• Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations

 

Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems

• Agricultural and pastoral production

• Trade and commerce

• Labor systems

• Industrialization

• Capitalism and socialism

 

Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures

• Gender roles and relations

• Family and kinship

• Racial and ethnic constructions

• Social and economic classes

 

 

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