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Social Studies

All potential course offerings in the subject of Social Studies are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 
 

 

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 40040

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: None

Description: Following the College Board's suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level Human Geography courses, AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped the ways in which humans understand, use, and alter the earth's surface.  Students use spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences and also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. 

 

AP PSYCHOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 42561

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Letter of Commitment

Description: Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. This course will enable students to better understand human behavior and develop respect for individuals through the study of behavior. Areas of study will include human development, theories of learning and personality, emotions, motivation, and other topics of interest.

 

AP U.S. HISTORY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 41040

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: World History

Description: This course is designed to give highly capable and motivated students the opportunity to pursue college level studies. Incorporating reading, critical thinking, independent work, writing, and four AP historical thinking skills and seven AP themes. We will begin the study in 1400s and end in 2000. Students will study the political, diplomatic, economic, social, and intellectual development of the United States.

 

AP WORLD HISTORY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 40519

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course focus on the development of Western history, culture, institutions, philosophy, etc. from the European Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution to the postmodern Western world of today. Other regions of the world will be examined when relevant and as time allows. The honors course utilizes the inquiry method of studying history. This method relies on the students learning how to interpret resources on their own and, ultimately, to interpret history for themselves.

 

ECONOMICS | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 42010

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: None

Description: Students will examine the concepts related to macroeconomics as well as explore Financial Intelligence (FI), arguably the most important skill one needs for independence. Students will navigate their way through markets, credit and mortgage products. They will explore the concepts of Supply and Demand and their influence on daily life. They will evaluate the role of the United States as a leader in economic development around the world.

  

LEGAL SYSTEM | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 41650

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course explores teenagers’ rights and responsibilities in our current society, as well as civil rights and the basic elements of the judicial system. Students will learn from participation in mock trials, guest speakers, hands on activities, field trips, and community involvement.

 

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 40651

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course will examine the politics, culture, economics, geography, and religion of the Middle East region.  The actions and events occurring in the Middle East become increasingly more and more relevant to our day-to-day lives.  Therefore it is necessary for our students to understand the history and background of what is happening and some of the historical underpinnings that impact/affect those events.

 

MODERN U.S. HISTORY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 41030

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: World History

Description: This course covers the social, political,religious, intellectual, technoloigcal and economic developments in (and characteristics of) U.S. history from 1865-present.  Students will read, write, and speak about the causes and effects of pivotal events in U.S. history (ex. Industrialization, Great Depression) and the continuities and change in U.S. history (ex. restrictions and expansions of civil rights).  Students will analyze varied perspectives on historical events and issues, as well take and defend positions on those events and issues.

 

PHILOSOPHY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 43060

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course introduces students to many major philosophers of Western and Eastern thought. Students will read and interpret philosophy and evaluate its significance for the modern world. Students will also learn strategies of logic and will learn to write personal expressions of philosophy. The course will require a great amount of reading and writing and will often rely on class discussion to help in the understanding of philosophic issues.

 

PSYCHOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 42540

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  This semester-long course will focus on why humans think, feel, and behave the way they do.  Major units of study included history of psychology, research methods, development (language, etc.), learning, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, and psychological disorders.

 

US GOVERNMENT ‐ COMPREHENSIVE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 41510

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: World History, US History

Description: This course will provide instruction in the government of the United States with a focus on participation in the political process. Concepts to be stressed will include: the foundations of U.S. government, political behavior and elections, the role of the United States in world affairs, individual liberties and civil rights, the structure of U.S. government, comparative government, economic systems, and civic participation. Students will also study the Constitution of the United States, its development and growth, and its importance to each individual. Students have an option to earn college credit through SCCC.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 40010

Grades: 9, 10

Prerequisites:  None

Description: This class is a study of human interaction with the physical environment. It involves looking at the earth through the themes of culture, place and environment. This course is a project based class that seeks to expose the student to the wide variety of culture, found on this globe. The physical elements are evaluated through the cultural experiences of each region.

 

WORLD HISTORY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 40510

Grades: 10

Prerequisites:  None

Description: This course studies the modern world. It focuses primarily on the development of Western history, culture, institutions, philosophy, etc. from the European Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution to the postmodern Western world of today. Other regions of the world will be examined when relevant and as time allows.