121 AP® Modern World History

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for sophomores not taking 120 World History II

Prerequisite:  Student must earn an A in freshman social studies along with teacher recommendation.

In AP® Modern World History, students will develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts including interactions over time. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Compare causes and effects, including between short-term and long-term effects.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the interaction of multiple causes and effects.
  3. Assess historical contingency by distinguishing among coincidence, causation, and correlation, as well as critique existing interpretations of cause-and-effect.
  4. Analyze and evaluate historical patterns of continuity and change over time.
  5. Connect patterns of continuity and change over time to larger historical processes or themes.
  6. Explain ways that historical events and processes can be organized within blocks of time.
  7. Analyze and evaluate competing models of periodization of world history.
  8. Compare related historical developments and processes across place, time, and Different societies, or within one society.
  9. Explain and evaluate multiple and differing perspectives on a given historical phenomenon.
  10. Explain and evaluate ways in which specific historical phenomena, events, or processes connect to broader regional, national, or global processes occurring at the same time.
  11. Explain and evaluate ways in which a phenomenon, event, or process connects to other, similar historical phenomena across time and place.
  12. Analyze commonly accepted historical arguments and explain how an argument has been constructed from historical evidence.
  13. Construct convincing interpretations through analysis of relevant historical evidence.
  14. Evaluate and synthesize conflicting historical evidence to construct persuasive historical arguments.
  15. Analyze features of historical evidence such as audience, purpose, point of view, format, argument, limitations, and context germane to the evidence considered.
  16. Make supportable inferences and draw appropriate conclusions based on analysis and evaluation of historical evidence.
  17. Analyze diverse historical interpretations.
  18. Evaluate how historians' perspectives influence their interpretations and how models of historical interpretation change over time.
  19. Draw appropriately on ideas and methods from different fields of inquiry or disciplines.
  20. Combine contradictory evidence from primary sources and secondary works in order to create a persuasive understanding of the past.
  21. Apply insights about the past to other historical context for circumstances, including the present.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Interaction between humans and the environment
  2. Development and interaction of cultures
  3. State building, expansion, and conflict
  4. Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems
  5. Development and transformation of social structures

This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Social Studies Department.