AP European History
Description: This class surveys the early 1500s to present day. Class discussions will include three major components: the history of ideas during this time period, biographical studies of important individuals, and exploration of key cultural developments, particularly Western European and American societies. We will explore themes such as the right to claim power and govern others, the role of religion in society, and the common elements of long-lasting cultures. Students will need to devote approximately 60 minutes per day for this class. The grade is based on participation, quizzes over the readings and lectures, essays, papers, and exams. This class will be AP-approved so that students can include it on transcripts. This class is worth 1 high school credit in Social Studies or History.
Grade Level: 10-12. No student beneath the 10th grade may register for this course.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to read a college-level textbook, write grammatically correct paragraphs, and create strong essays. This class requires much college-level writing, so the student has to be prepared to write extensively in preparation for the AP exam.
Required Materials: A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present (Single Volume) by John Merriman. Primary sources are also a significant part of the course. Students will also need a headset microphone (built-in microphones also work).