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Advanced Placement Human Geography: Making Sense of Planet Earth

For the first time ever a standards-based set of instructionalmaterials for Advanced Placement Human Geographyteachers. This integrated package includes: the ninedramatic videos all hosted by Professor Alexander B.Murphy featuring in depth interviews with acclaimed humangeographers, state of the art graphics, HD video fromaround the world all presenting discussions and demonstrationsof key APHG concepts, skills, issues, and casestudies.Plus a complete instructional guide for teachersensuring that their students will succeed on their advancedplacement test at the end of the course. This guide can be downloaded by the account holder by clicking on the "Account" tab from the Home page, then selecting the "Downloadable Files and Supplementals" button.
  • Title ID 82-AHG
  • Political Science, U.S. Government, Science, Agriculture, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Social Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Economics, Environmental
  • 9 Programs
  • 11 Supplemental Files
  • 12th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Published by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Bonus Unit: Portraying the EarthRunning time is 29 minutes

In program one, Alec Murphy focuses on the history of portraying the Earth and the earliest maps of ancient Greece, the 21st century computer-based GIS, Geographical Information Systems, as well as a visit to the U.S. Geological Survey, the institution that has served as America's center for mapmaking for the past 150 years.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: A History of Cartography
Map makers, such as Gerhardt Mercator, who created the Mercator Projection, have created the discipline of cartography, mapmaking, which employs latitude and longitude, which uses a Prime Meridian as its starting point,
Chapter 2: Map Making Tools
U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, was founded in 1879 and used tools such as the alidade, plane table and scales for cartography or mapmaking, which selected map worthy features to create maps.
Chapter 3: Specialty Maps
Cartography or mapmaking can be used to create specialty maps such as topographic maps which can map out landforms.
Chapter 4: Geographical Information Systems
Cartography, mapmaking, in the in the last 50 years has improved because of GIS - Geographical Information Systems- and LIDAR - Light Detection And Ranging.
Chapter 5: Maps in the 21st Century
In the 21st century cartography, or mapmaking, has improved with the addition of GPS, Global Positioning Systems, Google Maps, Map Quest Google, and U.S. Geological Survey's three dimensional contour maps.

Unit 1: The Tools of Human GeographyRunning time is 29 minutes

Alec Murphy introduces the techniques and tools of human geography that human geographers have developed for understanding the ever-changing human landscape. It is this knowledge that is proving to be absolutely critical for success in the complex, globally interconnected world of the 21st century.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: What is Human Geography
One of the pioneers in human geography was Carl Sauer, and the human geographical perspective is really what we call the spatial perspective and allows us to educate ourselves on the complexity and interconnectiveness of the global system from landforms to the economy.
Chapter 2: Maps and Human Geography
Many of the tools used in physical geography, such as maps, are used in human geography to examine such things as population and population density.
Chapter 3: Importance of Scale in Human Geography
Scale is one of the fundamental issues in the analysis of space and can help people understand and solve environmental sustainability issues.
Chapter 4: Formal, Functional and Vernacular Regions
For geographers there are basically three types of regions - the vernacular region, functional region, and formal region.
Chapter 5: Fieldwork in Human Geography
Human geography's fundamental interests in the places and patterns created by humans on there Earth's surface.

Unit 2: Population Distribution and MigrationRunning time is 29 minutes

Program three focuses on the most fundamental aspect of the human cultural landscape: the distribution and concentration of people across the planet. At the same time it examines how population distribution has changed over time, and why.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Population Distribution
Population density depends upon factors like topography and climates such as temperate climates.
Chapter 2: History of Population Growth
Surplus agriculture is a major reason for population growth and why people conglomerate.
Chapter 3: The Demographic Transition Model
U.S. demographer Warren S. Thompson was a pioneer in examining the change in birth and death rates of a country over time as it changed from an agricultural society to a more urbanized and more industrialized society and the resulting population growth with the diffusion of people from place to place.
Chapter 4: Thomas Robert Malthus Prediction
Thomas Robert Malthus and his Malthusian population theory did not account for the 20th century's Green Revolution.
Chapter 5: The Three Types of Migration
Migration, the movement of immigrants from place to place is inherently geographic and can be a cyclical movement or a periodic movement.
Chapter 6: Push and Pull Factors of Migration
Push and pull factors of migration can explain out-migration.
Chapter 7: Migratory Counterflows
The migration of people from one country to another, such as the brain drain from third world countries to the U.S. can also have counterflows that show there is a tendency for population systems to equilibriate over time.
Chapter 8: Future Population Growth
The rate of population growth has slowed since the middle of the 20th century but the population still growing toward 10 billion people by 2050.

Unit 3: Understanding Human Culture Running time is 29 minutes

Humans are among the most social animals on the planet. We need a shared system of language, beliefs, norms and values to survive and mature from birth to adulthood. In this program, Alec Murphy investigates human culture and how geography helps everyone make sense of the cultural landscape.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Culture and Place
Culture, place, cultures, local culture, Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan and others have written books on place and local culture such as the Cherokee in North Carolina.
Chapter 2: Folk Culture
Cajuns in Louisiana and Chinese Americans in America's Chinatowns are examples of folk cultures which are different than popular culture.
Chapter 3: Popular Culture
Popular culture is what makes people feel that they belong to the whole world in some way shape or form.
Chapter 4: What is Diffusion
Diffusion is important in cultural geography and in understanding the movement of culture traits.
Chapter 5: The Three Types of Diffusion
Geographers have identified and defined three types of diffusion - contagious diffusion, hierarchical diffusion and, stimulus diffusion.
Chapter 6: Language
Language is part of humans' cultural heritage and language distribution is noted through language families such as Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, Dravidian and Niger-Congo.
Chapter 7: Religion
Religion, such as Muslim, Protestant Catholic, Islam, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Shinto as well as their unifying rituals are important to population centers.
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity serve as focal points of identity for groups such as Blacks, African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians and can be part of push pull factors in migration.

Unit 4: Political BoundariesRunning time is 29 minutes

Isolationism, colonialism, regionalism and imperialism are all geographically inspired political ideas. They are examples of different ways of thinking about how the world has been, or is, divided politically. Human geography can make sense of why the world has been divided politically in the past and how it is divided politically today.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Political Power and Territory
The geopolitical landscape is the study of territory, political power, power, strategic landscapes and authority, and can include such ideas as the old theory of Social Darwinism as it applied to clans and tribes.
Chapter 2: The Rise of Ancient Empires
In most ancient empires, the allegiance of the people within the empire was to the ruler - the Emperor, King, or Queen and in feudal warfare, kingdoms rose and fell with remarkable speed.
Chapter 3: Emergence of Nations
Fixed boundaries and national loyalties defined a new type of state, or nation state that emerged from the volkgeist of empires.
Chapter 4: Political Boundaries Make their Appearance
Today there are urban or municipal boundaries, country boundaries, state boundaries, country boundaries, even boundaries around supranational blocs like the European Union, but it was the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 that created the Westphalian world and marked a transition from a world of large multinational empires to states with strong national identities and sovereignty, creating political boundaries around territories.
Chapter 5: The Territorial Evolution of the United States
The 240 year history of the U.S. is the story of America's search for a national identity.
Chapter 6: Distinguishing Between Nation and State
The difference between nation and state can be examined by looking at the United Kingdom, which includes Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, or by looking at the multi-nation, Soviet Union or Soviet Empire, or the Jewish nation and Jewish state.
Chapter 7: The Creation of New Geopolitical Entities
Geographers examine how new Geopolitical entities can be shaped out of old empires, and they are also interested in political organizations and the reconfiguration of political maps.

Unit 5: Agriculture and Rural Land UseRunning time is 29 minutes

As the human population has grown to over 7 billion people, nothing has had to change more than the geography of agriculture. Program six studies the primary relationship between people and the cultivation of land and how agriculture has developed to sustain Earth's incredible, ever-growing population.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Global Distribution of Agriculture
The cultivation of food, the diffusion of seeds and the domestication of animals is part of the transition from hunter-gatherer societies to agricultural ones.
Chapter 2: First Agricultural Revolution
Geographers like Carl Sauer have theories about the first agricultural revolution, which began at a number of different places, such as the Andes and Southeast Asia with vegetative planting, seed crops, seed agriculture, cultivated plants, domesticated animals, grain and other food.
Chapter 3: Primary Regions of Agricultural Diffusion
Regions of agricultural diffusion and different foods include the Mediterranean basin and Mesoamerica, where the corn, or maize cultures, flourished.
Chapter 4: Second Agricultural Revolution
Subsistence agriculture gave way to the second agricultural revolution, and during the Industrial revolution, mechanization made food production and transportation as described by Von Thunen easier.
Chapter 5: The Green Revolution and Geopolitical Policy
The Green Revolution and the genetic manipulation of food has led to mass diffusion of foo distribution and food consumption.

Unit 6: Industrialization and Economic DevelopmentRunning time is 29 minutes

Economic growth, wealth creation, outsourcing, economic inequality, resource distribution, and the uneven penetration of the global economy are phenomena that have a strong geographic base. In program seven Alec Murphy looks at how human geography can make sense of the economic world in the global economy of the 21st Century.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Economic Diversity
Economic diversity across the world, such as a market place in Northern Africa or one in Mumbai India, has led geographers to look at the spatial distribution of economic factors like resource availability, and labor costs and the interplay of these factors in different scales from the global economy to local economies.
Chapter 2: Gross Domestic Product
How economic development is measured and what it means are questions commonly addressed by looking at, GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, and differ from place to place.
Chapter 3: United States Economic History
How economies are always changing can be seen by looking at the United State sofa America's economic history
Chapter 4: Economic Development
Classically, economic development is associated with technology and technologies and goes back to the industrialization of the Industrial Revolution, creating unique characteristics such as the command economy of the U.S.S.R. or the market economy of the U.S., but economist Walt Rostow, put forth an evolutionary model of economic growth and development that argues that economic modernization occurs in five basic stages and includes things such as infrastructure.
Chapter 5: Natural Resources
Great civilizations have risen precisely because they are in a spatial relationship to other places that have natural resources that need to be exchanged.
Chapter 6: Commodity Chain
How the organization of manufacturing plays out across the planet can be seen by taking a look at how products develop through what is termed a "commodity chain."
Chapter 7: Economics and Geographic Place
In the emerging 21st century economy geographers and economists are beginning to understand why Geographic place plays a big role in the agglomeration of an industry.
Chapter 8: Redefining Economic Development
The development of an urban industrial society in the modern global economy has socio-economic consequences.

Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land UseRunning time is 29 minutes

In 1800 only 3% of the world's population lived in cities. Now in the 21st century more than half of humanity lives in urban areas. Program eight examines where cities are located, how are they organized, and what are they like and how by answering these questions we can begin to understand how to live on a planet of global cities.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Urban Landscapes
Cities or urban landscapes have central places and marginal places, where people sort themselves out in space based on their needs to have access to these places.
Chapter 2: Origins of Urbanization
Archaeologists, like Carl Sauer have identified five hearths or places of origin for urbanization, all with their own pattern of spatial organization, which came out of cultural hearths which allowed the first urban places to have stratification and specialization.
Chapter 3: Urbanization Diffusion
Examples of urban diffusion of cities, like Athens, can be found in Mesopotamia, the Nile valley and Mesoamerica with the Anasazi and the mound builders.
Chapter 4: Feudalism
Feudalism had its own kind of stratification, but it is from feudalism that the mercantile city as well as industrial cities emerged.
Chapter 5: The Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution brought on specialization with manufacturing and hence the creation of manufacturing cities.
Chapter 6: Urban Land Use Models
Human geographer have several urban land use models, including central place theory, the Burgess Concentric Zone Model, Von Thunen Model, the Sectoral Mode and the, Harris Ullman Model.
Chapter 7: Urban Spaces
Central Place Theory holds true in U.S. urban spaces, or metropolitan areas, and can be seen in the way immigrants groups form small enclaves, like Chinatowns, in urban land use planning, zoning systems and open space.
Chapter 8: Future Urbanization
Most of human life is already concentrated in urban areas, and the planet is already over 65% urban, while the rest of the areas urbanization is growing at a phenomenal rate.

Unit 8: Confronting Future ChallengesRunning time is 29 minutes

In the 21st century, the Earth's surface is being reshaped and reorganized on a scale unprecedented at any other time in the planet's history. It is a change directly caused by humans. In program nine Alec Murphy investigates why geographical concepts and insights are critical to the effort to confront the challenges of our ever-changing planet as its population grows to a staggering 10 billion people in the 21st century.

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences
Geographical thinking can help us understand natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.
Chapter 2: Species Extinction and Biodiversity Loss
Industrialization is a threat biodiversity in biodiversity hotspots such as the Amazon rainforest and can lead to destruction of ecosystems and species extinction in those places.
Chapter 3: The Anthropocene Era
Anthropocene Era or Anthropocene is the modern era of geological time in which humans are a major agent of change in our Earth environment, affecting systems such as the hydrological cycle.
Chapter 4: Climate Change
The Industrial Revolution marked the beginning of the Anthropocene, changing the distribution of key factors such as wealth and access to resources and creating climate changes and globalization.
Chapter 5: Globalization
Globalization has created exploitive economies in different places.
Chapter 6: Economic Inequality
Economic inequality can be seen in the access to, natural resources, such as oil and gas reserves, and by examining the Gina coefficient.
Chapter 7: Food Production and Distribution
Inequalities between haves and have nots, migration, urban sprawl, access to food, hunger, the hunger index, mono-cropping, climate change, food deserts, the luxury diet and what is sustainable and what is not are among the forces shaping the planet in the 2st century, forces that can be analyzed and understood by collecting and cataloging information through new geospatial technologies.

Supplemental Files

AP Human Geography - Instructor's Guide
MARC Records for AHG
MARC records for the series Advanced Placement Human Geography: Making Sense of Planet Earth
Transcription for Bonus Unit: Portraying the Earth
Transcription for Unit 1: The Tools of Human Geography
Transcription for Unit 2: Population Distribution and Migration
Transcription for Unit 3: Understanding Human Culture
Transcription for Unit 4: Political Boundaries
Transcription for Unit 5: Agriculture and Rural Land Use
Transcription for Unit 6: Industrialization and Economic Development
Transcription for Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use
Transcription for Unit 8: Confronting Future Challenges