AP Human Geography is a college level Geography course that introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications
Purpose of Course:
The purpose of this course is to increase student’s geoliteracy. Students should be more engaged in contemporary global issues and more multicultural in their viewpoints. Students should have developed skills in approaching problems geographically using maps and geospatial technology, thinking critically about texts and graphic images, interpreting cultural landscapes and applying geographic concepts such as scale, region, diffusion, interdependence, and spatial interaction among others. Students should see geography as a discipline relevant to the world in which they live; as a source of ideas for identifying, clarifying, and solving problems at various scales; and as a key component of building global citizenship and environmental stewardship.
- - “The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography (10th Edition) by James M. Rubenstein
- - “Human Geography” (AP Edition) by Jon Malinowski and David Kaplan
Grading for the course will fall under three categories Product grades will include major writing assignments, tests, and projects and will count for 60% of student’s overall grade. Process grades will include daily classwork assignments as well as homework assignments and other work not designated as product grades and will count for 30% of a student’s grade. The final 10% of student’s grades will be from Class Participation.
Assignments are expected to be completed on time. If a student is absent it is the student’s responsibility to check Schoology and/or Mr. Jensen for any missed information or content. Assignments with previously set due dates (ie: Those listed on this syllabus) will be subject to an immediate 10% late penalty if turned in late. Late work will be accepted at the discretion of the teacher.
- Arrive to class on time and prepared with your notebook, paper, a writing utensil, and your (CHARGED) iPad.
- Be seated and working on the day’s warm up when the bell rings.
- Raise your hand to be acknowledged during class.
- Participate in classroom discussions/activities.
- Keep all assignments, handouts, tests, and quizzes in your notebook.
- Engage in academic honesty at all times.
- Use passes to designated areas for emergencies only. Abuse of the pass system will result in loss of pass privileges.
- Treat your classmates with respect.
- Treat the classroom with respect.
Rules & Procedures:
- Verbal Warning
- Hallway Conversation
- Parent Notification
- Office Referral