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AP World History

Course Description:                                                                                                                The Advanced Placement® course in World History is designed to give students the knowledge and the factual concepts of history to be able to perform on the AP® exam. Students will participate in critical analysis from a Christian worldview, ranging from the beginning of human interactions and the separations of nations after the Tower of Babel to present-day political and social issues. This course is split into twelve modules, each of which take an in-depth look at each particular theme and time period and how God directly guided many of those events. Students will participate in collaborative discussions about specific issues in history, analyzing them from a biblical viewpoint as well as considering other points of view. Students will also analyze primary and secondary documents to understand and support specific viewpoints of history, as well as to contrast and compare issues from one region of the world to the other, as well as comparing the types of civilizations throughout history. Quantitative, cartographical, and artistic sources will also be analyzed as a way to measure the understanding of the material with students. At the end of each module, students will make connections with the themes of the course, as well as implementing a style of AP format with multiple-choice questions and essay to complete in the provided time. Students will analyze multiple documents and do free-response questions in each module. Each lesson is meant for students to get a well-rounded idea of the concepts in history from a Christian perspective and be able to apply it with assignments guided throughout the course.

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Recommended Prerequisites:
None. Student will be exposed to a college-level course.

Grade Level:
11th/12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: The times and affairs of man are in God’s hands. He is eternal and transcendent (Psalm 31:5; 90:2; Isaiah 55:9; Jeremiah 29:11). Man is created in the image of God, the pinnacle of God’s “very good” creation, and therefore responsible to Him (Genesis 1:27; Romans 14:12).

Fall: Human ills and conflicts throughout history are the results of man’s choice to rebel against God’s original intent for the world (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12). Man wrongfully subverts his creation mandate, believing he alone holds the ability and authority to coerce, manipulate, or intimidate all of creation to submit to him as he continues to rebel against God. Mankind desires to replace God’s authority with his own will and plans (Genesis 1:26, 28; 11; Isaiah 14:14), and the results of that rebellion are evident through the course of human history.

Redemption: Man should seek unity, justice, and reconciliation as he is guided by the principles of God’s Word, while they seek the grace of God (Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8; 4:32; James 4:6). The historical person of Jesus Christ enables us to know and relate properly with God. God’s Word and Holy Spirit instruct us how to interact with our fellow man (Mark 12:30-31; John 17:3; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 1:3) as well as intercede in prayer for them (1 Timothy 2:1). We are accountable to both God and earthly authority, as an act of love and submission to our Creator. In so doing, we recognize that our possessions and talents are to be used for the edification of our neighbor and to bring glory to God. This will lead to true stewardship, citizenship, neighborhood, and health (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 10:34; John 16:33; Romans 12:18; 1 Peter 3:11; 4:10).

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
There are two books required (King Leopold’s Ghost and Siddhartha) and an extensive list of recommend books in the course syllabus section, located within the course.