AP European History Syllabus



School:          Oxnard High School

Course:         AP European History 2020-21

Instructor:   Kevin Davis

Length:        One (1) year


This course is classified as an Advanced Placement-type of course. This course satisfies the OUHSD World Civilization graduation course requirement.  Moreover, this course has been approved by UC/CSU for satisfying the “A” category admission requirements.

Prerequisite for Enrollment:

This course is designed for sophomores at the honors and Advanced Placement level.  The students who participate in this program should be reasonably qualified and highly motivated as these two qualities will be essential for their success. This course is encouraged for those that do well in English 1H and English 1 (A, B) as well as Geography (A). For those students who struggled in either class, it is suggested that they enroll in World Civilization (P).

Course Description:

     This course is designed to introduce students to the cultural, economic, political and social developments in European history that have played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Within this scope they will trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues. Students in this course are expected to demonstrate knowledge of basic chronology and major events and trends from the High Renaissance of approximately 1450 to the present. The broad themes of intellectual-cultural, political-diplomatic, and social-economic history form the basis of the course within that chronology.

In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this program are to develop important skills including:

(1) an understanding of some of the principle themes which run through the history of modern European History,

(2) an ability to analyze historical evidence and primary sources such as documents, maps, statistics, and pictorial and graphic evidence,

(3) an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing,

(4) effective note-taking,

(5) the ability to weigh evidence and reach conclusions on the basis of facts,

(6) cause and effect relationships & inductive and deductive reasoning,

(7) time management, organization, and study skills.

This course and the examination for which it prepares the students are designed to enable them to complete in secondary school the equivalent to a college introductory course in Western Civilization. The overall purpose of the course extends beyond the possibility of earning college

credit by providing students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will form a foundation for their continuing educational endeavors.

Topic Outline:

  1. Intellectual and Cultural History
  2. Political and Diplomatic History
  3. Social and Economic History

Each of the above topic areas will be reviewed extensively throughout this course. This outline is the basis for the scoring on the AP European History Exam. The course will closely follow the AP guidelines with special emphasis on multiple choice questions, document based questions, and free response questions.

The areas of focus with regards to a timeline are the following and are a direct result in the new course restructuring which has occured during the summer of 2015:

Concept Timeline:







The Western Heritage Since 1300. Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank M. Turner, Alison Frank, 11th Edition, AP Edition. Prentice Hall, 2016. ISBN-10:  0-13-405022-3; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-405022-5.



Grades are based on multiple-choice exams, Short Answer quizzes, Free-Response, Long, and DBQ exams, quizzes, and homework. Final grades will be based on a 5.0 grade scale. Everyday grades will use the following scale:

100-90=A                  79-70=C                    59-0=F

89-80=  B                  69-60=D


Exams are rigorous because they are intended to challenge students at the AP Exam level. Moreover, they are designed to give students frequent experience with the types of multiple-choice questions, free-response questions, and document-based questions that appear on the AP European History Exam. Frequent exams also ensure that students read the textbook and supplementary readings, consistently check for understanding, and take copious notes that are thorough and well organized.

Students take exams at the end of each unit during the first semester; each consists of multiple-choice and free-response (essay) questions. The first semester midterm exam and final exam are cumulative. Students also take four DBQ exams during the first semester.

During the second semester fewer multiple-choice exams are given, testing is primarily by free response and DBQ.


Quizzes are given 2-3 times a week (both in class and online), and are designed to review essential material that students must master if they are going to succeed on the unit exams.


Homework consists of reading the textbook and selected primary and secondary sources, as well as completing chapter review questions and vocabulary. Also, students will need access to a computer (PC or MAC), in order to use the online website which has assignments as well as additional resources.


Course of Study:

Students will be given chapter syllabi, which will include all classwork/ homework assignments, completion dates, quizzes, and tests. Moreover, students will need access to a computer in order to complete many of the chapter assignments.

Online Access:

See instructor in order to gain access to the course website.


http://www.myhistorylab.com (click on) myhistorylab

(click on) western civilization

(scroll down to) The Western Heritage, Since 1300, AP edition (click on it)

you should be on the textbook website, Pearson: My History Lab

AP European History Exam:


Test Components:

+multiple choice: 55 questions

Short Answer:     3   questions

+DBQ:                     Five paragraph essay, 7 sources, 6 must be used

+Long Essay:         Five paragraph essay

Teacher Site:


Google Classroom:

Teacher Contact/Conferences:


  • kevin.davis@oxnardunion.org


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