Ninth Graders Excel in New AP Course
May 17, 2019
For the first time this year, CDH offered an AP Human Geography course, the only AP class for ninth graders. Almost 70 students took the AP exam, allowing them to earn college credit while they're still early in their high school journey.
Human Geography is the study of where things are and why. The course is structured thematically around economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. Students use contemporary global case studies and connect them to geographic and historical information. Topics studied include:
- Problems of economic development and cultural change
- Consequences of population growth, changing fertility rates, and international migration
- Impacts of technological innovation on transportation, communication, industrialization, and other aspects of human life
- Struggles over political power and control of territory
- Conflicts over the demands of ethnic minorities, the role of women in society, and the inequalities between developed and developing economies
- Explanations of why location matters to agricultural land use, industrial development, and urban problems
- The role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth
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