The goal of AP World History is to provide students with a solid foundation of skills to help them understand the forces that shape the world in which they live. This course is designed for the exceptionally studious high school student who wishes to earn college credit in high school through a rigorous academic program. Students will use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks. Students will be encouraged to build empathy and understanding of the human condition, understanding historical and geographical context, and make comparisons across cultures. Students will develop skills of research, analysis, discussion, and writing about historical events and multiple perspectives and construct analytical and interpretive essays which address issues of change, continuity, and comparison.