The AP World History course is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in six different chronological periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present.

This course covers the following themes, periods, and concepts:

Course Themes:

  1. Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
  2. Development and Interaction of Cultures
  3. State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  4. Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  5. Development and Transformation of Social Structures

Historical Periods and Key Concepts:

Period 1: Technological and Environmental Transformations, to c. 600 B.C.E.
  • Key Concept 1.1. Big Geography and the Peopling of the Earth
  • Key Concept 1.2. The Neolithic Revolution and Early Agricultural Societies
  • Key Concept 1.3. The Development and Interactions of Early Agricultural, Pastoral, and Urban Societies
Period 2: Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies, c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E.
  • Key Concept 2.1. The Development and Codification of Religious and Cultural Traditions
  • Key Concept 2.2. The Development of States and Empires
  • Key Concept 2.3. Emergence of Interregional Networks of Communication and Exchange
Period 3: Regional and Interregional Interactions, c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450
  • Key Concept 3.1. Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks
  • Key Concept 3.2. Continuity and Innovation of State Forms and Their Interactions
  • Key Concept 3.3. Increased Economic Productive Capacity and Its Consequences
Period 4: Global Interactions, c. 1450 to c. 1750
  • Key Concept 4.1. Globalizing Networks of Communication and Exchange
  • Key Concept 4.2. New Forms of Social Organization and Modes of Production
  • Key Concept 4.3. State Consolidation and Imperial Expansion
Period 5: Industrialization and Global Integration, c. 1750 to c. 1900
  • Key Concept 5.1. Industrialization and Global Capitalism
  • Key Concept 5.2. Imperialism and Nation-State Formation
  • Key Concept 5.3. Nationalism, Revolution, and Reform
  • Key Concept 5.4. Global Migration
Period 6: Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, c. 1900 to the Present
  • Key Concept 6.1 Science and the Environment
  • Key Concept 6.2 Global Conflicts and Their Consequences
  • Key Concept 6.3 New Conceptualizations of Global Economy, Society, and Culture

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