AP European Hist


Online for the 2024-2025 School Year

Teacher: Michael Munson

Email: mjmunson719@gmail.com

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AP® European History 2024-25 School Year

Teacher: Michael Munson

Email: mjmunson719@gmail.com


Registration for the 2024-25 School Year is now open.

Interested students can join this course by completing the Registration Form: AP® European History. This class has limit of 10 students. When I receive your registration form, if you are among the first 10 students to register, you will receive confirmation that you are officially added to the class roster for the 2024-25 school year. There are no further enrollment requirements and you can pursue the tuition payment process. If your registration is the 11th or later you will be informed that you have been added to the course waiting list according to the order in which your registration was received. 

AP® European History is a college level academic study of modern European civilization from its origins in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to the present. The content knowledge and skill development you will gain from this course is the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern European history. 

In AP® European History we will explore, analyze, and understand the significance and influence of major historical developments from the late Medieval Period to the European present. In doing so, we will consistently apply the disciplinary skills necessary for acquiring a meaningful and intellectual understanding of how the European past has contributed to the modern world in which we live. Our goal is to build a robust understanding of history by learning, applying, discussing, and refining historical reasoning skills such as comparison, causation, contextualization, and continuity and change over time. In doing so, we will learn to think about the development of modern European civilization using the intellectual tools employed by professional historians.

As a teacher my intention is to help work with all students to ensure they acquire a deep understanding of the history of Modern Europe. In the pursuit of understanding of how Modern Europe emerged and contributed to the world we know today, I also expect that students will quickly come to feel that learning at a very high level is remarkably fun. 


The seven historical themes listed below are incorporated into each of the nine units of study: 

  • Interaction of Europe and the world, 
  • Economic and commercial development,
  • Cultural and intellectual development, 
  • Emergence of nation states and other institutions of power, 
  • Social organization and development, 
  • The concept of national and European identity,
  • Technological and scientific innovations

*Note: these themes are required by the College Board with the expectation that students gain a high level academic understanding of historical content and making thoughtful and accurate connections among historical developments in different times and different locations.

Who should take this course? Academically motivated high school students who are interested in learning more about our world by understanding the forces that have created the modern global society. Students should be willing to accept a weekly workload of 8-10 hours that will include reading, assignments, quizzes, essays, periodic collaboration and discussion with classmates, and participation weekly Zoom meetings.

AP European History Tuition Options:

Early enrollment: $700.00 for those who register before midnight July 1, 2023

Regular enrollment: $750.00 for those who register after midnight July 1, 2023

Enrollment:  AP® European History is limited to 10 students.


Course Materials:

Required Textbook: McKay, John McKay; Clare Haru Crowston; Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks; Joe Perry. A History of Western Society: Since 1300: AP Edition. 13th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2020. 

  • ISBN-10: 1319221637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1319221638

Recommended Supplement:

Barron’s AP® European History Premium, 2022-23 edition or newer.

Primary and Secondary Sources: Documents will be embedded in assignments or as stand-alone PDFs throughout the course.

Notebook or Digital File: A specific Notebook or digital document specifically for AP Euro to compile notes from Zoom meetings, course videos, and occasional assignments. 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with high-speed internet access
  • Google account for email, document sharing, and joining the course on Google Classroom (in August you will receive an access code to join the Google Classroom AP Euro 2024-25 course)
  • Document scanning ability so that you can submit written work via email or Remind text (using a smartphone or digital camera to take a picture and email or text works fine)
  • AP Classroom (you will receive an enrollment number and instructions early in the course)
  • Zoom video from https://zoom.us (for the live sessions--you only need the free version) 

The Course will formally begin on Wednesday Sept. 4, 2024. Prior to the beginning of class, in August there will be an introductory live meeting via Zoom to introduce the AP European History Course, how the weekly Zoom meetings will be used, how we will use Google Classroom, and a brief discussion on the content AP European History.

The Course will end in May of 2025 with the AP European History Exam. The specific date of the exam is not yet available. 

Breaks during the school year:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22 - Dec. 2, 2024
  • Winter Break: Dec. 20, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025
  • Spring Break: April 11 - April 23, 2025


Course format:

This course is generally asynchronous with assignments and assessments completed on the Google Classroom course page (more information on assignments and Google Classroom below).

Live Video Sessions via Zoom: 

There will be a schedule of Zoom TWO required meetings each week. 

The first Zoom meeting each week will focus on course content and be approximately one hour. The second will be 30 to 45 minutes and focus on developing historical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills. 

The days and times of Zoom meetings will be determined by class consensus through a series of surveys that will begin in early August. 

My intention with Zoom meetings is to provide an opportunity for robust intellectual DISCUSSIONS regarding course content and skill. The goal is that our Zoom meetings will be lively, interactive, and create an atmosphere that encourages academic discussion and collaboration among classmates.  

Unit Structure and general course sequence:

Our course follows the College Board’s Course and Exam Description of AP European History and consists of nine specific units.

Unit 1: Renaissance and Exploration

Unit 2: Age of Reformation

Unit 3: Absolutism and Constitutionalism

Unit 4: Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Developments

Unit 5: Conflict, Crisis, and Reaction in the Late 18th Century

Unit 6: Industrialization and Its Effects

Unit 7: 19th-Century Perspectives and Political Developments

Unit 8: 20th-Century Global Conflicts

Unit 9: Cold War and Contemporary Europe

Unit guides that provide learning objectives developed by The College Board with examples of essential content knowledge are available on AP Classroom and you will download these at the start of each unit. Throughout the course all discussions and assignments (including reading assignments) will be directly related to the learning objectives from these unit guides.

Weekly Assignments: Assignments with due dates will be posted every Sunday (except during breaks) and appear in the Stream and Coursework Tabs own Google Classroom and on the Google Classroom calendar. These three posting locations indicate the sequence and due dates of assignments indicated by letter and number. For example, S1 = the first assignment in September, etc. Students are expected to complete all assignments in the assigned order, including readings, by the due dates indicated on Google Classroom calendar. When necessary extensions for assignment completion will be granted if they are requested in advance with a reasonable explanation.

Sample of how assignments will appear on the Google Calendar and Coursework tab on Google Classroom:

 S1: Read Ch. 12: European Society in the Age of the Renaissance

S2: Review: Later Middle Ages

S3: Renaissance Society, Culture, & Politics

Assessments and Assignments: The AP® European History Exam contains multiple choice questions (MCQs), short answer questions (SAQs), a document based essay question (DBQs), and a long essay question (LEQs). Each type of question is woven into course assignments so that students have a full year of consistently practicing and developing the thinking and writing skills necessary for a successful AP Exam experience. Unit exams and review assessments also incorporate the AP style of questioning and should be considered as direct practice for scoring well on the AP Exam. Assignments and assessments are designed to build the content knowledge and historical reasoning skills needed to successfully analyze and respond to each type of question that appears on AP exams.

Instructor Qualifications: Since 1992 I have taught multiple Advanced Placement courses (Psychology, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History, and United States History). Currently my syllabi are AP® Audit approved by the College Board in AP European History and AP® United States Government and Politics. Since 2014 I have taught a rotating schedule of AP® courses online from my home in Pennsylvania. Over the years my students have performed remarkably well on AP® exams as indicated by a collective mean score of 4.09 on AP exams. I am a licensed 7-12 Social Studies teacher in Pennsylvania and Minnesota with BA degrees in history and secondary education-social studies from Bemidji State University and have accumulated over 70 graduate credits in teaching history and psychology. Outside of teaching I spend joyful time with my wife, our four daughters, and grandchildren. I've spent much time traveling throughout the United States and Europe where I've taken groups students on trips through EF tours to Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Ireland.


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