Course title

Advanced Placement



Course description

AP European History

Course Introduction:

The Advanced Placement European History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of European history for significant events; individuals; developments; and processes in four historical periods; and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; chronological reasoning; and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; and individual and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.

Course Outline:
European History is divided into four overarching units: a) Quarter 1: c. 1450- c. 1648
i) Late and High Middle Ages
ii) The Italian Renaissance
iii) European Empires and Colonization
iv) Protestant Reformation

b) Quarter 2: c. 1648- c. 1815
i) Early Modern Europe
ii) Absolutism and the Enlightenment
iii) The Balance of Power in Europe
iv) Mercantilism and Commerce
v) The French Revolution

c) Quarter 3: c. 1815- c. 1914
i) The Napoleonic Era
ii) The Industrial Revolution
iii) Political Transformation
iv) The Rise of the Nation State
v) New Imperialism

d) Quarter 4: c. 1914- Present
i) War and Revolution
ii) The Rise of Fascism and Dictatorship
iii) World War II
iv) The Cold War and Postwar economy
v) The end of the Cold War and New Global challenges

School country

United States

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School city


High school

Phoenix Collegeegiate Academy High

School / district Address

4445 S. 12th St.

School zip code


Requested competency code

Social Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • SSCI
  • 1 year of other Social Science

Approved date

Online / Virtual