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Advanced Placement World History is offered to sophomores as a possible replacement for the general World Civilization course required for graduation at Madison Central High School. AP World History is a yearlong academic course meant to replicate a freshmen college course. Depending on the institution of higher learning chosen, students can earn college credit based on the score received on the AP World History Exam. This course covers the history of the world from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students in this course will be expected to complete a great deal of reading in their textbooks, supplemental document readers, along with additional readings outside of the classroom . Students will work together to construct and obtain an understanding of the global experience of humanity. Students will develop the “big picture” through the examination of various religious, economic, and political dimensions. The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is enhanced through a combination of factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course will highlight the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. AP World History will also teach students important writing and study skills that will better prepare them for the college level.