What is in AP World History syllabus?

22 November, 2021
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Giasuib – Of all 4 History subjects in AP program, AP World History attracts the attention of the majority of students. So what is in AP World History syllabus that makes so many students interested?

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What is in AP World History syllabus?

The teachers have summarized the topics and content of AP World History in the table below.

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Unit Content
Unit 1: The Global Tapestry 1.1. States in Africa, Afro-Eurasia, East Asia, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and the Americas

1.2. Global and regional religions and belief systems

Unit 2: Networks of Exchange 2.1. The Silk Roads

2.2. The Mongol Empire

2.3. The Indian Ocean trading network

2.4. The trans-Saharan trade routes

2.5. The effects of cross-cultural interactions

Unit 3: Land-Based Empires 3.1. The development of the Manchu, Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid empires

3.2. How rulers of empires maintained their power

3.3. Religious developments in empires

Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections 4.1. The influence of scientific learning and technological innovation

4.2. The Columbian Exchange

4.3. Development and expansion of maritime empires

4.4. Internal and external challenges to state power

4.5. Changes to social hierarchies linked to the spread of empires

Unit 5: Revolutions 5.1. The Enlightenment

5.2. Revolutions against existing governments and the birth of new nation-states

5.3. The Industrial Revolution

5.4. Trade policies

5.5. The development of industrial economies

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization 6.1. State expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries

6.2. Resistance to imperialism

6.3. The growth of the global economy

6.4. Economic imperialism

6.5. Causes and effects of new migration patterns

Unit 7: Global Conflict 7.1. Changes in the global political order after 1900

7.2. World War I: its causes and how it was fought

7.3. The interwar period

7.4. World War II: its causes and how it was fought

7.5. Mass atrocities after 1900

Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization 8.1. The causes and effects of the Cold War

8.2. The spread of communism

8.3. How colonies in Asia and Africa achieved independence

8.4. The creation of new states after decolonization

8.5. The end of the Cold War

Unit 9: Globalization 9.1. Advances in technology and their effects

9.2. Disease

9.3. Environment

9.4. Economic change

9.5. Movements for reform

9.6. How globalization changed culture

9.7. New international institutions

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AP World History exam structure

AP World History exam covers historical developments from 1200 to the present. It will test topics and skills discussed in your course. The exam structure will be divided as follows:

Section Duration Types of question % of exam score
Section 1, Part A 55 minutes 55 multiple choice questions 40%
Section 1, Part B 40 minutes 3 short answer questions 20%
Section 2, Free Response 60  minutes 1 document-based question 25%
Section 2, Free Response 40 minutes 1 long essay  


As you can see, AP World History exam takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete and is composed of: a multiple-choice, short answer, and free response section. Now you know what is in AP World History syllabus.

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