Advanced Placement World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: Analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time, and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes students explore throughout the course to make connections among historical developments in different times and places, including interaction between humans and the environment, development and interaction of cultures, state building, expansion, and conflict, creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems, and development and transformation of social structures.