This course is a survey study of world history from the first civilizations
to the present. Patterns of political, economic, and religious development
will be a main focus. Although our textbook will be the principal source of
information, primary documents, internet knowledge bases, and other sources
will provide additional insight into the different periods of history. The
goal of the course is to give students an overview of world history, with an
in-depth look at important people, issues and events that shaped the world
of today while developing writing, speaking, and analytical skills.
This course will examine themes and topics in United States history from the
colonial era through the Cold War. The course will examine topics and themes
including, but not limited to, the development of the U.S. Constitution, the
Early Republic period, Jacksonian democracy, westward expansion, slavery,
the Civil War and Reconstruction era, industrialization and immigration,
imperialism, World War One, the "Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression,
World War Two, and the numerous aspects of Cold War America.
AP US History is a college-level course that demands the keen development of
all the higher order thinking skills. APUSH students must be adept at
disciplined individual study while also being able to participate actively
in classroom discussion and historical debate. The course is writing
intensive, placing a premium on analysis, structure, and the ability to
incorporate outside historical data appropriately in essays which
effectively synthesize historical themes in United States history from the
colonial era to today. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement
examination and to pay the AP exam fee.
The goal of this course is to broaden student understanding of economics as
it impacts the world. As the students learn more about the functions of
business, society, and government; supply and demand; and international
economic policy, they will become better informed about economic growth in
the United States and the world. The student will be more knowledgeable
about how various economic ideas affect the individual, community, state,
country, and world we live in. A unit on personal finance and investing is
also part of the course.
The Civics class focuses on enabling citizens well prepared to assume all
the responsibilities of those living in the United States and North
Carolina. Students will develop a line-by-line understanding of our founding
documents, and will put their understanding into practice as they assume the
roles of Supreme Court Justices, Petitioners, and Respondents in several
This course is designed to
provide students with the conceptual tools necessary to develop an
understanding of some of the world's diverse political structures and
practices. We will examine six countries in detail: Great Britain, Russia,
China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. These countries are taught because they
are excellent examples of the six core topics of a comparative course. These
topics include methodology, power, institutional structure, civil society,
and political & economic change and public policy.
The purpose of the AP World History
Course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global
processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This
understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual
knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the
nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as
well as, comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual
knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types
of historical evidence. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an
organizing principal to address change continuity throughout the course.
Specific themes provide further organizations to the course along with
consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world
history as a field of study.