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Course Overview

AP World History: Modern is an introductory college-level modern world history course. Students cultivate their understanding of world history from c. 1200 CE to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

Course Content

Influenced by the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a description of the course requirements necessary for student success.

The AP World History: Modern framework is organized into nine commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

 Unit  Exam Weighting
 Unit 1: The Global Tapestry  8%–10%
 Unit 2: Networks of Exchange  8%–10%
 Unit 3: Land-Based Empires  12%–15%
 Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections  12%–15%
 Unit 5: Revolutions  12%–15%
 Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization  12%–15%
 Unit 7: Global Conflict  8%–10%
 Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization  8%–10%
 Unit 9: Globalization  8%–10%


Historical Thinking Skills

The AP World History: Modern framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like historians.

 Skill  Description
 1. Developments and Processes  Identify and explain historical developments and processes.
 2. Sourcing and Situation  Analyze sourcing and situation of primary and secondary sources.
 3. Claims and Evidence in Sources  Analyze arguments in primary and secondary sources.
 4.Contextualization  Analyze the contexts of historical events, developments, or processes.
 5.Making Connections  Using historical reasoning processes (comparison, causation, continuity and change), analyze patterns and connections between and among historical developments and processes.
 6.Argumentation  Develop an argument.


AP and Higher Education

Higher education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more. 

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.

Meet the Development Committee for AP World History: Modern.