Social Studies

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    5 Credits, Grade 9
    9th grade placement is determined by district placement criteria

    World History: Perspectives on the Past is designed with a thematic approach, to achieve the goal of making comparisons throughout time and space. The course focuses on important themes, ideologies and concepts, with content playing a supporting role. This requires students to develop their critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills. In addition, it requires students to understand that the challenges and issues facing the world today are not completely new. In fact, they have their roots in historical and cultural contexts. The course has four units of study, each dealing with a specific theme. Students consider essential questions that are directly linked to the state standards.
    CODE # 020130, 020150
     
     
    5 Credits Each, Grade 10
    Academic and Honors United States History I focuses on the history of the United States from America's inception to the late 19th century. It is designed to assist students in becoming productive citizens of the American republic. In addition, it will prepare students for success in college and/or their future careers as well becoming dynamic 21st century learners. In order to accomplish these goals, students will evaluate primary and secondary source materials as well as practice other disciplines of historical scholarship. With these skills, students will be able to effectively arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment, while clearly and persuasively presenting their ideas in writing and/or oral presentation. Students in this course will interact with various forms of technology including online research databases and web applications. As students move through the content they will explore the themes of American and national identity, politics and power, work, exchange, and technology, culture and society, migration and settlement, geography and the environment, and America in the world.
    CODE # 020230, 020250
     
    5 Credits Each, Grade 11
    It is the belief of the district and the Social Studies Department that students are active participants in the learning process and that they are to be held accountable for their own learning. Students are encouraged to develop and practice meta-cognitive skills that allow them to effectively advocate for themselves. In order to assure students have the best educational experiences in the classroom, teachers are strongly encouraged and supported in furthering their understanding of educational practices by joining professional organizations, attending post-graduate classes, participating in district sponsored professional development opportunities, and engaging in discourse and collaboration on instructional strategies and content meaning. Classroom methodologies should reflect current best practices research with the primary goal of inspiring students to critically reflect upon the society in which they live. In addition, instructional strategies should be purposeful and empowering to students. Cooperative learning strategies, interdisciplinary approaches, decision making models, issues centered models and civic participation should be employed to allow students reach their full potential.
    CODE #  020320, 020330

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY
    5 Credits, Grade 11 
    Prerequisite: Honors U.S. History I and/or departmental recommendation

    In Advanced Placement United States History, students learn how to evaluate primary and secondary source materials, as well as how to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course will also teach students how to develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and how to present their ideas in writing and/or verbally clearly and persuasively. While this course focuses on the history of the United States, it is also heavily geared towards helping students become 21st century learners by preparing them for college and their future careers. In order to achieve the goal of developing 21st century learners, students in this course will interact with various forms of technology throughout the course including online research databases and Web 2.0 applications. The themes students will study include American identity, work, exchange, and technology, peopling, politics and power, America in the world, physical and human geography and environment, ideas, belief, and culture.
    CODE # 020350

    Prerequisite: U.S. History I and dual enrollment on-site requirements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personalities, events and problems in American history from the Civil War (1865) until World War II (1941).
    CODE # 02301X

    2.5 credits, Grade 11 or 12
    Prerequisite: U.S. History I and dual enrollment on-site requirements
    The student will recognize and assess the major forces that have shaped the course of American domestic and foreign policies since World War II (1945). The student will analyze the inter-relationship and consequences of foreign and domestic events.
    CODE # 02302X

    ELECTIVES

    ANTHROPOLOGY
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    This course explores human evolution, including culture and environment. A central focus of the course is to allow students to develop a greater understanding of those characteristics that bind all human beings together while examining differences in cultures.
    CODE # 02080X

    POWER, PREJUDICE, AND INTOLERANCE
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Students will explore the nature of human behavior, and social and moral responsibility. The Holocaust and other genocides, human rights, race relations and ethical behavior in society will be examined.
    CODE # 02150X

    CRIMINOLOGY AND LAW
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Students will explore practical legal theories and issues associated with the causes and results of crime through an interdisciplinary study of sociology and psychology. Issues such as types of crimes, the consequences of criminal behavior, investigative techniques and the legal system will be analyzed.
    CODE # 02070X

    PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Students will investigate the role of social institutions in forming and maintaining social norms and expectations for individuals, groups and organizations and for addressing social problems. Practical application and active student involvement are emphasized.
    CODE # 02110X

    ECONOMICS
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    In today’s constantly changing world, knowledge of economics has become an essential skill for coping with the realities of day to day living. Scarcity is a universal problem of meeting society’s unlimited wants with limited resources. Decisions such as what, how and for whom to produce must be answered. Students must understand that they have a dual role as both a wage earner as well a consumer. This course will focus on each role as from a macroeconomic as well as a microeconomic viewpoint.
    CODE # 021700

    GLOBAL STUDIES
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Students will consider the challenges facing humankind in an increasingly interdependent and ever-changing world. Topics include the environment, political organizations, cultural patterns, and human relations. This course encourages students to actively participate in discovering solutions to problems that threaten human progress.
    CODE # 020440

    PEER LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
    Students will develop skills needed for effective communication, positive decision making, conflict resolution and leadership through the exploration of personality development, self-concept, and interpersonal relationships.
    CODE # 020500

    PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Students will study the essential elements of human behavior such as learning, memory, the brain, personality, human development and abnormal psychology. Therapeutic techniques for recovery will be considered.
    CODE # 021200

    2.5 credits, Grades 11 -12
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of psychology as a science. They will complete exercises covering fundamental areas of the discipline: history of psychology, scientific method, sensation and perception, learning and memory, IQ and personality testing. Students will gain the ability to examine these subjects from a critical as well as diverse point of view; the roles of gender, cultural and individual differences are systematically explored. Service-learning is an option.
    CODE # 02310X

    2.5 credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Psychology as an applied science. They will complete exercises covering the relevant areas: social and interpersonal behavior, motivation, emotion, psychological disorders, personality theories and the psychotherapies. Students will gain the ability to analyze a variety of theoretical perspectives from critical and diverse points of view while applying them to problems of daily living. Service-learning is an option.
    CODE # 02320X

    HONORS WESTERN CIVILIZATION
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    This course analyzes the fundamental practices that have transcended time and place, practices that have shaped the Western World. Students will study Greek, Roman, medieval, and modern European politics, economics, and culture.
    CODE # 021650

    HONORS "WE THE PEOPLE"
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Students will analyze the historical development of the Constitution, constitutional law, civics, the Bill of Rights, and the responsibilities of citizens. Students participate in a national legislative hearing competition.
    CODE # 021450

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT MACROECONOMICS
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    This challenging macroeconomics course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income, price determination, economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
    CODE # 02175X

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT MICROECONOMICS
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    This course provides an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Completion of this course will fulfill the state-mandated 2.5 credit graduation requirement in financial literacy.
    CODE # 02176X

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    This course engages students in the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, methods, principles and phenomena associated with the major sub-fields within psychology students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
    CODE # 021350

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of basic chronology and of major events and trends from approximately the year 1450 to the present. By reviewing the principal themes in modern European history, this course teaches students to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, as well as the ability to express historical understanding in writing.
    CODE # 021850

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    This course provides students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States, including the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. Familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality is required.
    CODE # 020455