AP World History Course

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The purpose of the A.P. World History course is to develop an understanding of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. The course highlights the patterns and effects of interaction and change among societies and regions; the effects of technology, economics and demography on people and the environment; systems of social structure; cultural, intellectual and religious developments; and changes in the function and structure of states and political identities.  Periodization forms the organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course.