The objective of this course is to increase the students understanding of European history with each student having the opportunity to be prepared to take the AP European Examination in May. The course is divided into two semesters, the Later Middle Ages through the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Conservatism to the present. The areas of concentration include historical, political and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual institutions and their developments. These areas will be studied from a variety of perspectives with the hope of providing a balanced view of history.
This course will be a lot of work and a rewarding experience for you, and will be based mainly on two activities: lecture/discussion and student centered activities. Moreover, the AP curriculum stresses a large degree of higher order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Thus, the student will be required frequently to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources in addition to comprehending and applying facts. Homework assignments and reading will be given on a daily basis, and your success in the course rests heavily upon your desire and ability to complete work outside of class. Keep in mind that this is a college level course, your work and workload should and will reflect this.