AP Human Geography Modules

This book goes beyond the political headlines to provide readers with a greater understanding of the country itself as it faces the challenges of population growth, a changing cultural landscape, and rapid economic development. The lessons and assessments in this book promote skills and content that are taught in the AP Human Geography course as well as other courses in Geography. The teaching tips in each module provide step-by-step suggestions for class activities that will engage and enrich students as they explore a country that has faced many major challenges and has achieved notable successes.


In partnership with the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS), the World History Digital Education Foundation offers below a set of free resources for AP Human Geography teachers to incorporate lessons on the population, culture, and economy of the Republic of Korea. The Learning Module is composed of 3 modules:

  • Module 1: Population
  • Module 2: Culture
  • Module 3: Industrialization and Economic Development

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average annual rate of population map

Module 1: Population

The first of the book’s three modules examines the country’s changing demographic structure and population policies. Students will identify and analyze demographic statistics at different scales of analysis and work collaboratively to predict challenges presented by those trends. as well consider government population policies in Korea.

Population Day 1

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Population Day 2

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Population Day 3

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Module 2: Culture

The second module reviews the Korean cultural landscape, noting the continuing influence of Korea’s tradition of geomancy on the “why of where” in the landscape, and examining the diffusion of Korean culture to other countries. Students will work collaboratively to identify and understand the components that make up cultural landscapes, analyze a variety of sources, and consider the role and impact of cultural diffusion.

traditional buildings in front of modern skyline

Culture Day 1

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Culture Day 2

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Culture Day 3

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Module 3: Industrialization and Economic Development Module

The final module tracks the transformation of South Korea into a country with a highly developed economy after being one of the poorest nations in the world at the end of the Korean War. Students will work collaboratively to identify and learn the five different economic sectors as well as explore a variety of measures of development in South Korea.

modern auto factory

Economic Development Day 1

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Economic Development Day 2

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Economic Development Day 3

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