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AP Human Geography

Resources from NG Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course

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The Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. It is an excellent course for preparing students to become geo-literate youth and adults.

On this page, selected resources from the National Geographic Education website are organized under topic headings used to teach the course. Resources include instructional content for teachers; career profiles, news articles, and encyclopedic entries for student reading, as well as teacher background reading; and multimedia, which includes maps, photos, and videos contextualized with rich information for use in the course. As an instructor, you may find the need to scale the content up or down for higher or lower level learning, depending on your students.

AP Human Geography: Introduction to Geography

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives Topic

AP Human Geography: Population

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Population Topic

AP Human Geography: Culture

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Cultural Patterns and Processes Topic

AP Human Geography: Political Patterns

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Political Patterns Topic

AP Human Geography: Agriculture

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Agriculture and Rural Land Use Topic

AP Human Geography: Industrialization

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Industrialization Topic

AP Human Geography: Cities

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Cities and Urban Land Use Topic

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Educator Reviewers

Michelle Crane, M.S., Teacher Consultant, Texas Alliance for Geographic Education
Rebecca Haapanen, AP Human Geography Teacher, Warren Township High School, Gurnee, Illinois
Susan H. Hardwick, Professor of Geography & Co-Director, Graduate Program in Geographic Education, University of Oregon; Past President, National Council for Geographic Education
Michal LeVasseur, Ph.D., National Geographic Alliance Network Liaison


Sean P. O'Connor

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