The objective of the course is to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of European history while helping each student succeed on the AP® European History Exam. The APEURO course and exam are intended for qualified students who wish to take a college-level course in European History at the secondary school level. The exam assumes students have taken one academic year of college-level preparation. APEURO focuses on the study of European history since 1450 with a concentration on the cultural, social, political and economic developments that formed the contemporary world. Through this focused study your student will recognize: the context in which modern-day institutions developed; the role of continuity and change in contemporary society and politics; and the motivation which brought the evolution of many forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.
APEURO is a two-semester class that examines European history from the time of the Black Death up to the present day. The first semester of study focuses on the intellectual, social and political history of Europe from the time of the Renaissance through the Napoleonic Era.
The second semester is a study of the political evolution of Europe from the Industrial Revolution through the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on important intellectual and social developments, and political events that have shaped our modern world.
In addition to exposing students to the historical content listed above, an AP course will also train students to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events. Students will learn to: take notes from both printed materials and lectures or discussions; write essay examinations, and write analytical and research papers. They should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the phrases and ideas of others. Students will be required to have a mastery of basic chronology and major events and trends from the Renaissance through modern day. Students will use the textbook, as well as a plethora of primary sources and my lectures, to become more familiar with the themes that provide a framework for understanding the vital changes that took place during the years we will be studying: Intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, social and economic history.
The AP curriculum demands higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Thus, students are frequently required to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources, in addition to comprehending, memorizing, and applying facts. These skills will be assessed through a number of tests, quizzes and assignments. Tests will be composed of multiple choice questions and thematic essays designed to mirror the AP European History Exam. Students will also learn the Document Based Question (DBQ) process and will practice the DBQ numerous times throughout the course.