AP Human Geography

A Social Science Elective Course: This course is open to all grades 9-12

Teacher: Mrs. Patterson; E-mail: lmwilliams@mvusd.net

The following course description (with goals) has come directly from the CollegeBoard website:

"The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications."

Course Goals: "Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data;
  • Understand and explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena in places;
  • Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis;
  • Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process
  • Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places"

 What is it?

AP Human Geography is a year-long elective course. The purpose of AP Human Geography is to get students thinking geographically – asking “where” and “why” questions about patterns we can visually map on Earth’s surface. The distribution of people and resources have important implications in the world today, and students will leave this class with a better understanding of global issues, current events, and how to make the world a better place.

 What skills will be developed by this course?

  1. Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data
  2. Understand and explain the implications of associations among phenomena in places
  3. Recognize and interpret relationships among patterns/processes at different scales
  4. Identify and describe geographic regions
  5. Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places

 What topics will be taught in this class?

  • Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
  • Population and Migration
  • Cultural Patterns and Processes
  • Political Organization of Space
  • Agriculture, Food Production, and Rural Land Use
  • Industrialization and Economic Development
  • Cities and Urban Land Use

Who will succeed in AP Human Geography?

  1. Students who are genuinely interested in current events, other cultures, and the world around them. Students who like geography and global issues will be more likely to succeed.
  2. Students with above grade-level reading and summary-writing skills. This class consists mainly of reading and summarizing key concepts in order to draw connections between topics.
  3. Students who are self-driven independent learners and researchers. Students need to push themselves to do the work and not procrastinate.
  4. Students who are willing to ask questions and ask for help when needed, and are committed to improvement over time.
  5. Students who are good note-takers. Good lecture notes and reading notes will result in them learning the material more effectively.
  6. Students who are emotionally mature. Some of the topics discussed in the class (religion, gender, ethnicity, etc.) are deeply personal and should be handled with respect.
  7. Students who have enough free time to support an AP class along with their other commitments. Bear in mind that underclassmen should take 3 or fewer honors/AP classes in order to best transition into high school.
  8. Students who can commit to regular attendance. This class is fast-paced and chronic absences will lead to students falling behind.


Average Workload

All AP courses require a significant time commitment. For AP HUG, Students should expect to complete 3-5 pages of reading a night with reading notes. Additional weekly assignments may include 2-3 case studies or map analyses, article summaries, projects, and 30-40 vocab words. Assessments will include map quizzes, reading quizzes, projects, multiple-choice exams, and essay questions.

Sample Test Questions

30. NAFTA and the EU represent two of the world’s largest

a. transnational corporations

b. multinational corporations

c. trading blocs

d. military alliances

e. industrial complexes

 31. Which of the following phrases accurately represents a disadvantage of LDCs as they seek to industrialize?

  1. LDCs are too distant from labor sources.
  2. LDCs lack raw materials necessary for industrialization such as coal and iron ore.
  3. Demand in MDCs is stagnant.
  4. LDCs lack proper infrastructural development to support industrialization on a large scale.
  5. All of the above are accurate.