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Social Studies Courses

SOCIAL STUDIES: CORE CLASSES

WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Credit 1.0; Year; Grade 10

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This class begins in 1450 with the high renaissance and ends in modern times. Several themes such as revolution, enlightenment, imperialism, nationalism, and the rise of democracy will be emphasized.

 

WESTERN CIVILIZATION HONORS

Credit 1.0; Year, Grades 10

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This is a survey class of Western European history from the Renaissance through World War I. Students will be asked to demonstrate a variety of learning strategies which include small and large discussions, analysis of artifacts, model recreation, dance and cultural art appreciation. This course has the same objectives of the standard Western Civilization course, however there will be special emphasis on student writing, research, and independent projects. A community class project is also an important component.

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Credit 1.0; Year; Grade 11

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This course begins with events and conditions immediately preceding the Civil War. Civil War causation, events, outcomes, and Reconstruction form the framework for America’s emergence into the 20th century. Students explore the role of the United States on the world stage beginning with events leading to World War I and ending with America’s role in the war on terrorism. Included in this emphasis is a constant and continuous application of current events.

 

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Credit 1.0; Year; Grade 11

Prerequisite: Placement is based on recommendation of Western Civilization instructor.

Course Objectives: This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP U.S. History exam in May. It provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. Students learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance - and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students also develop the skills to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The following themes are covered in AP U.S. History: American diversity and identity, culture, demographic changes, economic transformations, environment, globalization, politics and citizenship, reform, religion, slavery and its legacies in North America, and war and diplomacy.

 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grade 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: American Government is a process oriented study of our government. Primary emphasis is placed upon the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The duties and responsibilities of citizenship are also emphasized. Current events, which are integral to recognizing and understanding political action, are included as a portion of the student's daily activities.

 

AP U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grade 12

Prerequisite: Placement is based on recommendation of United States History instructor

Course Objectives: This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam in May. The class will satisfy the current graduation requirement, as well as allow qualified students to complete an equivalent of a one-semester college introductory course. It will offer an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.

 

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Credit 1.0; Year, Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This course follows the AP syllabus and prepares students for the AP European History exam in May. Compared with standard Western Civilization, this advanced course devotes a smaller proportion of the time (though a similar amount of instruction via acceleration) to the non-European and the ancient. This is done in order to prepare the student for the AP European History exam. To achieve these goals, the course includes: major civilizations, events and movements of the world’s history, principal themes of world history relating to the intellectual and cultural, the political and diplomatic, the economic and social and particular emphasis on European History, 1450 to the present. Note: This course satisfies Western Civilization graduation requirements

SOCIAL STUDIES: ELECTIVE CLASSES

 

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This course is designed for those students who want a “hands-on” approach to the current happenings around the world. It will focus on issues shaping our world today and may include such themes as world population, the elusiveness of peace in the Middle East, and the dynamic social and political climate of Asia and Africa. Students will utilize computer links, newspapers, library resources, and field trips in their search for understanding. Students will also be required to volunteer time in their community.

 

BATTLES

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to hone students’ analytical skills, using turning-point battles as the vehicle for the examination of leadership, government, management and organization and how these events changed the course of world history.

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This course will offer students an opportunity to learn more about themselves in areas of personality, learning, growth and development, adjustment, and mental illness. Students will have an understanding of how personality is formed and changed, understand theories of learning and methods for efficient studying, and become aware of problems and causes of mental illness.

 

AP PSYCHOLOGY

Credit 1.0; Year; Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Current English and/or Social Studies instructor’s signature.

Course Objectives: This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP Psychology exam in May. The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

 

STREET LAW

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: This course provides practical information and problem-solving opportunities that develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary for the survival in law-saturated society. The curriculum includes case studies, mock trails, role-plays, small group exercises, and visual analysis activities. It is anticipated that students who successfully complete this course will have a willingness and capability to participate effectively in the legal and political systems.

 

WE THE PEOPLE

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grade 12

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives: Using hands-on preparation for simulated congressional hearings students will examine the fundamentals of the democratic process and of effective citizenship. Students will compete in the state-level “We The People” hearing competition, which is held in February. Success in February brings an opportunity to advance to the National competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

 

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

Credit 0.5; Semester; Grade 9                                                                                                                                                            Prerequisite: None

Class Objective: This class will take you around the world by exploring different cultures using the 5 themes of geography. An emphasis will be placed on European history, specifically interpreting maps, studying religions, and analyzing physical features of the continent. This course is open to any freshmen, and is strongly recommended for any student intending to take AP European History as a sophomore.