SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Students are required to earn four (4.0) social studies credits to meet the graduation requirement. The required courses are World History, United States History or AP United States History, Government and Politics: United States or AP United States Government and Politics, and Economics or Personal Financial Literacy.

     

    [R] World History A
    [SBG] Applied 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8010-2
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will explore and experience eras of world history through the perspective of world cultures. The eras for exploration will start with Ancient Empires and end with World Revolutions. In exploring world events, students will examine the leadership choices, human interactions, inventions, geographic and economic systems, and social and political interactions that contribute to major changes in World History. This will be accomplished through an analysis of primary and secondary sources. Geography is integrated bringing together the physical and human dimensions of the world through the study of people, places, and environments.  

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    [R] World History B
    [SBG] Applied
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8010-3
    Prerequisite: World History A
    Students will explore and experience the eras of world history through the perspective of world cultures. The eras for exploration will start with World in Conflict and end with Current Issues. In exploring world events, students will examine the leadership choices, human interactions, inventions, geographic and economic systems, and social and political interactions that contribute to major changes in world history. This will be accomplished through an analysis of primary and secondary sources. Comprehending global issues and economies require competencies with geography on a global scale.

    [R] United States History A
    [SBG] Applied 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8020-2
    Prerequisite: None
    This course traces the development of the United States in an interdependent world. Students will use the content and habits of mind of both history and geography to study United States history with an emphasis on the time period from industrialization through the New Deal.

    AND

    [R] United States History B
    [SBG] Applied 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8020-3
    Prerequisite: United States History A
    During the second trimester, the emphasis is on the time period focusing from World War II to the present.

    [R] Government and Politics: U.S. A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8030-2
    Prerequisite: Recommended – U.S. History B
    Government and Politics: United States A emphasizes national, state, and local government with units pertaining to foundations, history, Constitution, legislative branch, Congress, powers in action, executive branch, President, bureaucracy, financing government, foreign policy, and national defense. 

    AND

    [R] Government and Politics: U.S. B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8030-3
    Prerequisite: Government & Politics: U.S. A
    Government and Politics: United States B emphasizes national, state, and local government with units of study pertaining to the judicial branch, courts, civil liberties/civil rights, political behaviors, political parties, voting, electoral process, comparative governments system, and state and local governments. Students prepare for active citizen participation. The course includes a service learning component.

    [R] Economics
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8031-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will learn economic reasoning to evaluate courses and consequences of individual economic decisions and public policy issues raised by constraints imposed by scarcity. Students will understand how economics function and how to apply the concepts and principles of economics to their lives as individuals and citizens.

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES
    Students must earn an additional one-half (0.5) social studies credit to fulfill the graduation requirement. Students may choose from any of the social studies electives as described below.

     

    African American Studies A
    [MAC] Visual, Performing & Applied Arts
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 80504
    Prerequisite: None
    The African American Studies course is designed to develop an understanding of the causes, character, and consequences of the African American experience and its influence on the World, the United States, and the African American community. This course will also focus on key figures and counter-forces that were critical to the resistance movements throughout this time period. African American Studies A will begin with a historical, geographical, social, political, economic, and cultural understanding of the African continent. The framework of African American Studies A will include the following themes: Ancient Africa, African Explorations of the World, Invasions and weakening of Africa, enslaved Africans, and Slavery in the Americas. The course will have an Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism focus.

    African American Studies B
    [MAC] Visual, Performing & Applied Arts
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 80505
    Prerequisite: None
    This African American Studies course is designed to develop an understanding of the causes, character, and consequences of the African American experience and its influence on the World, the United States, and the African American community. This course will also focus on key figures and counter-forces that were critical to the resistance movements throughout this time period. African American Studies B provides an overview of African American Studies A before focusing on the following themes: Institutional (neo) Slavery, Civil Rights, The Heart & Soul of African Americans, Contributions of African Americans to the U.S. and to the World, and Current State of African Americans. The course will have an Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism focus.

    African World Studies
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8050-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will explore the influences that African people have contributed to world history and in the development of world cultures, past and present.

    American Military History: 1776 to Present 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8051-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will examine selected subjects in American military history on a rotating yearly basis. Subjects include: “American Military History 1776 to Present: A Survey,” “The Second World War,” “The Era of Limited War and Peacekeeping 1950 to Present,” and “The Development of American Military Power 1903 to Present”. The role of women and minorities will be studied.

    Anthropology
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8052-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students are introduced to the scientific and cultural study of humans. Students learn anthropological techniques and study many different cultures. Units include physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Guest speakers and source readings are utilized.

    Current Events (Today’s Events, Tomorrow’s History)
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8053-1
    Prerequisite: None
    15 hours of service learning required
    Students will become actively involved in their school and community as they investigate global issues facing the world. Units include: Preparing to Participate, The Environment, Human Rights and Responsibilities, The Global Economy, International Cooperation and Conflict, and Issue Investigation and Action Plan determined by current global activity.

    Law I
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8054-4
    Prerequisite: None
    Students are introduced to our system of law. The history and heritage of our legal system is explored. Topics include: constitutional, juvenile, family, consumer, and individual rights laws.

    Law II
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8054-5
    Prerequisite: Law I
    This course builds upon the foundation established in Law I. Students are introduced to criminal and tort law. Actual case studies, mock trials, and guest speakers are utilized. Law II topics include pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures.

    Psychology
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8055-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will gain insight into the scientific study of human behavior. Personal problems of adjustment and problems related to society are analyzed so that students can approach these problems with increasing objectivity.

    Sociology
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8056-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will explore how to handle problems in our society. Topics include the analysis of cultures as they influence human behavior. Students also study problems in modern society.

    The Turbulent Years: History of the 1960’s and 1970’s 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8057-1
    Prerequisite: None
    This course will examine the issues, events, and personalities which changed American culture and impacted the world during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Students will work individually and cooperatively to trace cause and effect relationships, past and present, and how these events may impact us. 

    Women’s Studies
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 8064-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will explore the history and social impact of women throughout American history along with investigations to women around the world. The course will delve into laws regarding women, the suffrage movement, significant women in history and modern times, waves of the feminist movement and the impact of women on society. The course interweaves history, law, economics, sociology, psychology, government, political policy, culture, anthropology and international relations through the common thread of women past and present.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES
    Advanced Placement (AP) courses meet for a full year (three trimesters) as they require more time to cover the rigorous AP College Board curriculum in preparation for the AP Exam taken in early May. Due to the rigor of AP courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer assignment as suggested by the AP teacher. Content from summer assignments will be included on an assessment during the first trimester. AP courses are intended for students in grades 10-12


    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement World History
    3 Trimesters-1.5 Credits
    Course #: 8095-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will develop an understanding of global processes and interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international structures, as well as comparisons among major societies.

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement United States History 
    3 Trimesters-1.5 Credits
    Course #: 8091-789
    Prerequisite: None
    The AP program in U.S. History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students are prepared for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students will learn to assess historical materials and their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment, and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics 
    3 Trimesters-1.5 Credits
    Course #: 8092-789
    Prerequisite: United States History B or AP United States History
    Students have the option to choose to take two AP Exams – U.S. Government and Politics and Comparative Government and Politics

    This rigorous course is designed for students to explore concepts and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics. Students also examine patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences, analyze and interpret data, and compile written analysis and interpretations of U.S. government and politics. This course includes a service-learning component.

    [AP] [W] [C] A.P. European History
    3 Trimesters-1.5 Credits
    Course #: 8093-789
    Prerequisite: United States History B
    The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this AP course are to develop (a) an under-standing of some of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement Psychology
    3 Trimester-1.5 Credits
    Course #: 8094-789
    Prerequisite: United States History B or A.P. United States History
    The purpose of this course is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics 
    3 Trimesters-1.5 Credits (elective credit)
    Course #: 8096-789
    Prerequisite: United States History B or Advanced Placement United States History
    Scheduling Note: This course does not fulfill the Government requirement for graduation. 
    The AP course in Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Six countries form the core of this course: China, Great Britain, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Iran. This course assists in identifying and analyzing problems.