York High School

SYLLABUS:  A.P. European History 1300 C.E. ( The High Middle Ages to the Present )

Academic Year 2005-2006

Instructor:  Mr. Jeff MacGuinness                              Telephone #:  (757) 890-0354

Fax #:         (757) 898-8235                          E-Mail:            jmacguinness@ycsd.york.va.us

Fees:  Test cost for AP Exam

Web sites: www.yorkcountyschools.org/yhs/TEACHERS/jmacguinness   or  www.geocities.com/mrmacguinness       

Required Materials: Designated notebook or section for AP European History for journals, paper, pens ( black or blue) text book

1.  Course Title:  A.P. European History 1300 C.E. to the Present

2.  TEXT(s):   The Western Heritage ,  Kagan, Ozment, and Turner, Pearson-Prentis Hall, Inc. 2004.


     A.P. European History places a heavy emphasis on developing writing and analytical  skills. All of the reading assignments and most of the supplementary reading assignments have a written component.  This course offers a historical and cultural study of  European  History from 1300 C.E. to the Present. An emphasis will be placed on Political, Economic, Religious , Intellectual and Artistic influences , with an increased attention on the development and evolution of the nation-state. The theme of change with regard to scientific and technological advancements will be highlighted. Attention will also be focused  upon the connections between the people and events of the twentieth century. Students will need to be able to analyze a variety of artifacts and primary and secondary sources to uncover and understand specific historic events and issues.

4.  COMPETENCIES:  Upon completion of this course, you will be better able to do the following:

         1.  Improve skills in historical research and geographical analysis.

2.      Demonstrate an understanding of the political, cultural, and economic conditions in the world about 1300 C..E..

3.      Demonstrate knowledge of the Renaissance in terms of its impact on Western civilization

         4.  Demonstrate knowledge of the Reformation in terms of its impact on Western civilization.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the European Age of Discovery and expansion               

     into the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

          6. Demonstrate knowledge of the status and impact of global trade on regional civilizations of the world after 1500 C.E.

          7. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific, political, economic, and religious changes during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and                       eighteenth centuries. technology.

8.      Demonstrate knowledge of political and philosophical developments in Europe during the nineteenth century.

          9.   Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of the Industrial Revolution during the nineteenth century by

               10. Demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I.

11.  Demonstrate knowledge of political, economic, social, and cultural developments   

      during the Inter-war Period.

         12.  Demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War II.  

               13.  Demonstrate knowledge of major events and outcomes of the Cold War.

         14. Demonstrate knowledge of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of independence movements on
            European  countries.

15.  Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of  Political, Economic, Religious, Intellectual, and Artistic changes or movements in contemporary Europe.

16.  Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, economic, and social conditions in nations of contemporary Europe.

 5.  First Quarter

I.       Introduction to A.P. European History and Pre-Test

II.    The Birth of Modern Nations

A.    The Late Middle Ages 1300 -1400 

B.    Renaissance and Scientific Revolution

C.    Strong Monarchies of Europe

D.    Development of England’s limited monarchy and colonies

Second Quarter

E.     French Revolution and Napoleon -

III.  Industrialization , Reform, Authoritarian Regimes

   A.The Industrial Revolution begins in Great Britain                          

   B. Changes in Science and Culture

   C.  Reform Movements in the Western World

D.      Unification of Italy and Germany, Russia-the Autocratic Giant

E.     Imperialism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

F.     Mid Term Exam

Third Quarter

IV. The World at War, The Twentieth Century 

  A. WWI - Causes and Events of  World War I.               

  B. Russian Revolution

  C. The Great Depression and the Rise of Totalitarianism ( Between the Wars ) 

  D. WWII - Causes and Events of World War II.

 Fourth Quarter

 V. The Post War Years  - Chapters 33 - 37

   A.  The Cold War - The European Struggle to regain stability

   B.  Advancements in Technology and Culture After  World War II

   C. We will spend at least 7 days reviewing for the AP Exam

      !!!!  AP Exam

   D. Post Exam Projects

6.  Course Requirements: 

1.  Accepting responsibility for learning how to analyze and write critically is crucial to success for students.

2.  Being Prepared to Learn-Students shall be inside the class before the tardy bell with their textbook, 3-ring binder notebook, completed homework and an ink pen.

            3.  Daily notes, classroom assignments, and returned work are to be maintained in a 3-ring binder arranged   
                 chronologically.  This is essential for test preparation

            4. AP European History is a college level course with college credit given at most the finest colleges in the country.

 Students should be prepared to work at a college level.

5. The York County grading scale applies.  Each assignment is given a total point value of which the student receives a percentage grade based upon the number of points earned. Example: A test is worth 100 points; the learner gets 80 points; 80/100=80% or C.

6. Classwork includes all worksheets, quizzes, in-class projects, work done in the computer lab, video quizzes, essays, review study guides, internet work on the student class computers, puzzles, journal entries i.e. anything done in class. Study Guides will be used in class, however they will not be used during tests.

7.      Attendance Policy:

To comply with Virginia State law, students are expected to attend school every day and to be on time unless there is illness or death in the immediate family.

8.  Evaluation:

            Homework      10%

            Tests              30%

            Classwork       30%

            Quizzes           30%

I have read the syllabus and understand each part of it. I will take this home and have my parent/guardian read it and sign it. I will return a signed copy to Mr. MacGuinness, which will be copied and on file while the original signed copy is kept in the student's notebook.

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