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AP Human Geography

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams, and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Human Geography course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP Human Geography workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Human Geography Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Human Geography and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Human Geography free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP Human Geography 2006 Released Exam

Curriculum Module: Gender and Geography

In a course on human geography, the term "gender" refers to how males and females interact socially, communicate with one another, absorb and interpret cultural values, construct and use space, move from place to place, assign roles and structure power. The features of space that are the result of human activity contribute to our understanding of gender, and gender plays an important role in how humans construct space (i.e., human geographies). Differences between genders vary widely within and across cultures, and even though gender differences are affected by levels of wealth and education, power is the most significant social difference between genders in most cultures, generally to the advantage of males. Because this difference is expressed spatially, the power structure between genders becomes a critical topic for a course in human geography. To demonstrate ways for teachers to expand their emphasis on gender in their curricula, this module provides five lessons on gender and geography, with a focus on the power structure between genders.

  • Lesson 1: Mapping Gendered Spaces
  • Lesson 2: Measuring Fertility: Demographic Indicators and Economic Development in China
  • Lesson 3: The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics
  • Lesson 4: Women in Agriculture
  • Lesson 5: Sustainable Voices
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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