Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
- Advanced Placement European
Quarter 1 Syllabus
Topic and Theme
Renaissance to Enlightenment - 15th to 18th Centuries
Intellectual and Social History
Quarter 1 = 9 weeks
Units of Study / Subtopics
The Renaissance: Awakening of Modern Western Thought
Classical and Medieval Thought
Humanism and the Discovery of the "New Man"
Reflections of the Humanist Ideal: Literature and Art
Birth of New Monarchies: Renaissance Politics
Renaissance: A Revolution in Thought?
Reformation and Counter Reformation
The Forces of Religious Reform: Issues and Efforts Prior to 1517
Luther and the Protestant Reformation
Other Reformers: Calvin and Henry VIII
Catholic or Counter Reformation: Council of Trent to the Spanish Inquisition
Reformation: Religious or Political Revolution?
Economic and Social Structure of Europe: 1600-1700
Exploration, Colonies and Mercantilism
Changing Standards of Living and Life of the Common Man
The Enlightenment and Age of Genius: The Triumph
Scientific Discoveries: Aristotle to Copernicus
The Scientific Method: Bacon and Descartes
Newton and Universal Law
Locke and Natural Law: Universal Law in the World of Men
The Philosophes, Physiocrats and Others: Trends in Enlightened Thought
Enlightened Thought in Action: Political Reform, Enlightened Despotism,
and the American Revolution
AP European History - Quarter
1 List of Readings
Palmer, R.R. and Joel Colton. A History of the Modern
World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1998.
I. "Rise of Europe" pp. 3-36
II. "The Upheaval in Christendom , 1300 - 1560" pp. 46-103.
III. "Economic Renewal and the Wars of Religion," pp. 104-122.
VI. "The Struggle for Wealth and Empire," pp. 241-254
VII. "The Scientific View of the World" pp. 276-300.
VIII. "The Age of Enlightenment" pp. 302-349.
Weber, Eugen. The Western Tradition, New York,
DC Heath and Company, 1995.
I. The Making of the Modern World pp. 1-46.
II. Reformation and Counter Reformation pp. 47-94.
III. Political and Economic Changes pp. 94-132.
IV. The Seventeenth Century pp. 133-177.
V. The Political Debate pp. 178-212.
VI. The Eighteenth Century pp. 213-248.
VII. Enlightened Despotism pp. 249-266.
VIII. A Dawn of Revolution pp. 267-309.
Downs, Robert. Books that Changed the World.
New York: New American Library. 1956.
8. Fathers of the Church - St. Augustine: City of God;
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Thologica
12. Anatomy of Power Politics - Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince
9. Cellestial Revolution - Nicolaus Copernicus: De Revolutionibus
13. System of the World - Sir Issac Newton: Principia Mathematica
2. American Firebrand - Thomas Paine: Common Sense
Voltaire. Candide. New York: Viking Penguin.
Advanced Placement European
History Quarter 1
List of Assignments and Other Activities
Text, Study Guide and Supplemental Reading Assignments
Weekly chapter and study guide assignments will be given one week
in advance of the time the subjects covered in the chapters will be
considered in class. All study guide assignments will have a value
of 15 points, will be given at the time the chapter reading is assigned
and will be due in one weeks time.
Supplemental readings will be assigned regularly during
the weekly course of study. Such readings (see listed readings above)
are meant to contribute to and enhance your understanding of various
topics under consideration. Supplemental readings should help contribute
to class discussions and be sources for ideas when writing essays.
Essays: Writing Process and Completion Dates
During the course of Quarter 1, there will be three formal free-response
essay writing assignments. These essays will first be written in class
as part of a general practice in writing within limited periods of
time. After the initial writing of the essay, students will be required
to submit their essay to both the teacher and members of their writers/study
groups for critique. (Specific instructions for critiquing essays
will be provided at the time of evaluation.).
The second phase of the writing process will be conducted
as a revision of the original essay. This second draft will be presented
to the members of the writers/study groups as part of a general discussion
of the essay's format and contents. The third and final phase will
consist of the final revision of the essay. Final Drafts will be completed
on word processor or typed. (Specific instructions for final drafts
of essays will be provided at the time the first essay assignment
Final drafts of essays will have a value of 100 points
and will be scored on an AP Exam scale of 1-5 (5 = the highest score.)
All three drafts will be submitted to the teacher at the time that
the final draft is due.
Essay Completion Dates
Final drafts of essays will be due on the following dates: (Mr. Sedivy
will announce dates to students.)
Critical Book Review
During Quarter 1, each student will write a CBR of a
book of your choosing. This book however must be approved by Mr. Sedivy.
The CBR is considered a formal writing assignment and will have a
value of 100 points. (Specific instructions will be provided at the
time the CBR assignment is given.). The CBR will be due on or before
the second to last week of the first quarter.
Tests and Quarter Examinations
Each week there will be a 25 question test over material covered in
class, the text, and the supplemental readings. The test will be composed
of a series of multiple choice questions and short answers. Quizzes
will be given on Friday of each week, with the exceptions of the first
and last weeks of the quarter, with a period of 30 minutes allotted
for completion of each quiz.
The quarter exam will be taken over a two day period and will consist
of two sections: 100 question/200 point multiple choice test; 100
point free-response essay test wherein students will select two essays
from a list of six choices. Quarter 1 exam dates will be anounced.
Additional Assignments and Student Notebooks
In addition to the above you will be assigned a variety of other assignments,
some completed in class some outside of class. These additional assignments
will include, but not be limited to:
1 oral presentation of an essay
1 presentation on a topic of special interest
1 panel discussion or debate
Additional assignments that are to be completed outside
of class will be assigned at least one week in advance and will have
a value of 50 points.
All students will be required to keep a notebook for the entire
year. The notebook will be divided into four separate sections with
all items organized in their chronological order within each section.
Sections will include:
1. General Notes
2. Handouts (maps, readings, time
lines etc. distributed in class)
3. Text book study guide assignments
4. Quizzes and quarter examinations
Notebooks will be checked once a quarter and will have
a value of 50 points.
AP European History Quarter
Audio - Visual Presentations
James Burke, "The Day the Universe
In Light of the Above
A Matter of Fact
A Point of View
"Art of the Western World"
The Classical Ideal
The Early Renaissance
The Late Renaissance
The Classical Painters
Return of Martin Guerre
A Man for All Seasons
Video - Disc Presentations
The National Gallery of Art
Audio Presentations / Musical Presentations
Music of the Renaissance
Baroque Music (Bach and Handel)
Classical Music (Mozart)
Additonal Course Info / AP Class Policy
| AP European History Syllabus: Quarter 1
| Quarter 2 | Quarter
| Writing Assignments, Exams, Critical Book
Reviews, More |
| AP Booklist and Fees |
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- AP Modern European History
in Depth -
Lecture Notes and Further Reading
| Methods and Rules for a Prince: How Should
a Prince Rule? |
| Borg vs Hick: Theories on Jesus and Christianity
| Kant's Epistemological Model and Religious
| World War II - Dachau Concentration Camp
| Unanswered Questions: The Railroad Boxcars
| I Company Recollections and Quotes
| Liberating Dachau: The 42nd Division at
the Jourhaus |
| Dachau: WWII Concentration Camp
Memorial | 2 |
and Prose From the 8th - 15th Centuries | 1
| 2 |
| Marseillaise, the National Anthem
A Modern-day Controversy | Sacré
AP Class Activities
| Play the Role of Philip II |
| Visual Interpretations - French Revolution
| "Ism" Maps of Europe and Asia
| Industrial Revolution: England's Advantage
| Marx and Tocqueville | America's
Entry Into World War I |
Trials - Simulations
| Trial of Martin Luther | Trial
of Adolf Hitler |
Helpful Information for Students
| AP Essay Writing Skills |
| Student-Developed Class Presentation Topics
| Guide: Individual Debate Position |
Debate Self Evaluation |
| Existence of God | Catherine
the Great or Frederick the Great |
| Locke - Hobbes | Voltaire
or Rousseau |