AP European History Course Description and Expectations

AP European History is a challenging course that includes a detailed narrative ofevents and movements in European History from 1450 to the present.  It prepares students for the demands of acollege education by providing experience in college level reading, writing,and independence.  Critical reading and advancedwriting skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time out ofclass, are necessary to succeed. Students can expect to spend about six hoursper week, or more, outside of class on coursework.


The AP European History curriculum investigates the broad themes of intellectual,cultural, economic, and political history and how those ideas are reflected intrends of philosophy, popular literature, and the arts.   As events in history can only be understoodin terms of their social context, this course will examine demographics and theinfluences of social classes, the idea of the family, and gender roles on history.  The course will also focus oneconomic history and the role of industrialization by reviewing the developmentof commercial practices and changing economic structures to recognize Europeaninfluence on the world.


APEuropean History is organized on the assumption that students will take theCollege Board AP examination, which allows qualified candidates to receivecollege credit for the course.  Whilestudents are not required to take the ap test, it is encouraged.  Consequently, there will be a focus onstrengthening skills in taking objective exams, in addition to writing goodexpository essays, and critical reading of historical documents.



Textbook:     TheWestern Heritage, Since 1300, Ninth Edition.  Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank M.

                              Turner.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: PrenticeHall, 2007.

                       *note—it is expected that you bring your textbook to class every day*


SummerReading:    Follet, Ken.  Pillarsof the Earth.  UK: MacmilianPublishers, 1989.


Technology:  This course will utilize the latest inlearning communications including blogs and various 

                        forms of multi-mediapresentation.  Students can expect tofind many primary sources and

                        additional resources on-linewhich are linked from my website.



Grades are calculated on a points system.  Generally, tests will be given weekly (typically Fridays).  Document based questions (dbqs), freeresponse questions (frqs), debates, mock trials, discussions, presentations,and other projects will also be assigned with some frequency throughout the yearand assigned appropriate point values.


The standard Radnor High School grading scale will be used to determine grades:

98.5 – 100% (A+)

86.5 – 89.4%(B+)

76.5 – 79.4%(C+)

66.5 – 69.4% (D+)

92.5 – 98.4%   (A)

82.5 – 86.4% (B)

72.5 – 76.4% (C)

62.5 – 66.4% (D)

89.5 – 92.4%   (A-)

79.5 – 82.4% (B-)

69.5 – 72.4% (C-)

59.5 – 62.4% (D-)


Make-Up Work

The policy for make-up work in AP European history is consistent with that which ispublished in the RHS handbook which states, “Sometimes students miss class because of illness, death in the immediate family,etc., and prior arrangements cannot be made. In the case of such an excused absence,students will be permitted two school days foreach day of an excused absence to make-up schoolwork missed during the periodof absence.”  Of course, if there areextenuating circumstances, please speak to me to arrange an appropriatetimeline to complete missing work.


Scheduleand Topics of Study

WeeksOne and Two

·        Introduction to course

·        In the Garden of Beasts discussion and diagram presentations

·        Geography and EU



·        Chapter 9—“The Late Middle Ages: Socialand Political Breakdown (1300-1453)”


WeekFour and Five

·        Chapter 10—“Renaissance and Discovery”

·        ThePrince


Weeks Six and Seven

·        Chapter 11—“The Age of Reformation”

·        Martin Luther Mock Trial


Week Eight

·        Chapter 12—“The Age of Religious Wars”


Week Nine

·        Chapter 13—“European StateConsolidation in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”


Week Ten

·        Chapter 14—“New Directions in Thoughtand Culture in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”

·        DBQ


Week Eleven

·        Chapter 15—“Society and Economy Underthe Old Regime in the Eighteenth Century”





·        Chapter 16—“The Transatlantic Economy,Trade Wars, and Colonial Rebellion”


Weeks Fourteen and Fifteen

·        Chapter 17—“The Age of Enlightenment:Eighteenth Century Thought”

·        Enlightenment Song Project

·        DBQ


Week Sixteen

·        Buffer Week


WeekSeventeen --WINTER BREAK


WeeksEighteen and Nineteen

·        Chapter 18—“The French Revolution”


Week Twenty

·        Chapter 19—“The Age of Napoleon and theTriumph of Romanticism”


Week Twenty-One

·        Midterm review and midterms


Week Twenty-Two

·        Chapter 20—“The Conservative Order andthe Challenges of Reform”


Week Twenty-Three

·        Chapter 21—“Economic Advance and SocialUnrest (1830-1850)”


Week Twenty-Four

·        Chapter 22—“The Age of Nation Statesand Nationalism”


Week Twenty-Five

·        Chapter 23—“The Building of EuropeanSupremacy: Society and Politics to World War I”


Week Twenty-Six

·        Chapter 24—“The Birth of ModernEuropean Thought”


Weeks Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight

·        Chapter 25—“Imperialism, Alliance, andWar”

·        DBQ


Week Twenty-Nine

·        Chapter 26—“Political Experiments ofthe 1920s”



·        Chapter 27—“Europe and the GreatDepression of the 1930s”


Week Thirty-One --SPRING BREAK


Weeks Thirty-Two and Thirty-Three

·        Chapter 28—“World War II”


Week Thirty-Four

·        Chapter 29—“The Cold War Era and theEmergence of A New Europe”


Week Thirty-Five

·        Chapter 30—“The West At the Dawn of theTwenty-First Century”


Week Thirty- Six

·        AP Test Review


May 15—AP TEST!!!