Course DescriptionThis year-long course emphasizes research and advanced inquiry. Units of study include population, migration, culture, identity (racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual), language, religion, political geography, urban geography, economic development, agriculture, industry and services, human environment, and globalization. A yearlong research project will provide students with the opportunity to learn elements of historical practice by both utilizing and analyzing primary and secondary sources and synthesizing these sources to create analytical arguments. Students are assessed using various modalities, including tests, oral presentations, and papers, including a final research paper on a country of the students’ choosing, meant to serve as a culminating, critical case study of the multitude of societal and environmental forces at play in a given society.
RationaleThe change to CHAI Human Geography will provide the opportunity to utilize a more inquiry-based model than is currently offered under the AP model. Students will be tasked with generating their own research questions meant to spark critical investigation. Closer examination of the nature of evidence will be provided, allowing students to research the ways in which evidence is created, identified, curated, and accepted or rejected. These practices will alleviate the need for the lengthy, broad review sessions that are currently required for the AP test and, in doing so, will provide students with more time for project-based learning.