Course Listing

Social Studies-45.0710711   World Geography 9

This one semester course is designed to give students a greater understanding of the world through physical, cultural, political, economic, and spatial geography.  Each perspective is defined and exemplified through the study of every world region.  The course is also designed to emphasize basic study skills such as note-taking, library research, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.  A research project is required.

Social Studies-45.083071   Ancient World History 9

This is a one semester survey course studying the evolution of the major world civilizations from before the Common Era (BCE) to the Middle Ages (1300 CE).  Emphasis will be placed on tracing the development of and interaction among those civilizations.  The course will also analyze the development of the major religions of the world.

Social Studies-45.0830712    World History 10

This course is an in-depth study of the major world civilizations from 1000 to the present.  Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the political, social, cultural and economic heritage of the major world regions, with the major emphasis on Western Civilization. Students will study the rise of conflict, both economic and territorial, and its effect on the advancement of civilization in these regions.  Research will be required.

Social Studies-45.0110701   Advanced Placement World History 10  

The content of this course will emphasize a more global, non-western approach to World History by tracing the development of civilizations and the interactions among people in those civilizations from approximately 1000 C.E. (Common Era) to the present. College preparatory outside reading is required and is discussed in class. Considerable time will be devoted to helping students develop their analytical and writing skills through the evaluation of primary and secondary sources of historical information. All students must take the AP World History Exam in May. Department approval is required to register for AP World History.

Social Studies-45.0820711   U.S. History 11 (American History)

This course is a survey of the rise of America from colonization to the present.  Special emphasis will be placed on the contributions of the various ethnic groups and cultures that make up the American character.  Students will write a major research paper as part of the course requirements.

Social Studies-45.0820721   Advanced Placement United States History 11

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in May.  A seminar approach is used to cover major historical figures and events in our nation’s history from colonization to the present.  Emphasis will be placed on interpreting primary and secondary source documents, mastering quantitative historical data, and writing historical essays.  All students must take the AP U.S. History test in May. Departmental approval is required to register for AP U.S. History. 

Social Studies-45.0610711   Principles of Economics 12

The purpose of this course is to present a survey of economic theory and basic economic systems and concepts.  Students will analyze their roles as both producers and consumers within society.  Focus will be on strategies and concepts to help the students become more knowledgeable consumers and citizens.

Social Studies-45.0530751   Advanced Placement Macroeconomics 12

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination.  This course places emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.  The basic concepts of supply, demand, and elasticity, as well as specific macro concepts such as trade, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and supply side theory will be covered. All students must take the AP Economics exam in May.  Departmental approval is required to register for AP Economics.

Social Studies-45.0570712    American Government: The Political Process 12

This is a basic study about how the American political system works.  There is an extensive examination of the Constitution as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our government.  The rights and responsibilities of citizenship will be emphasized and the policy-making process explored.  Students will examine how a government resolves issues and conflict in a way that enhances a nation’s values and purposes.

Social Studies-45.0530740   Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics 12

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting documents and statistics, analysis of political theory, and writing analytical essays.  The topics that will be covered include constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, institutions of the national government, and civil rights and liberties. All students must take the AP U.S. Government test in May. Departmental approval is required to register for AP Government.

Social Studies-45.0000711   History vs. Hollywood (Elective)

This course will provide an in-depth look at the use of cinema as a means of showing historical landmarks.  The class will analyze films that recreate or distort historical events. Students will be able to understand and identify films where a director or producer has used the medium to advance his or her own personal agenda.   The class will study filming techniques used to further emphasize points.   Permission slips will have to be signed, as some movies will have adult content.

Social Studies-45.0150711   Introduction to Psychology (Elective)

In this course the student is introduced to the scientific analysis of human behavior.  Students learn to differentiate and discuss theories of learning, personality development, mental illness, and therapy.  Students also study human motivations, emotions, and group psychology.  A research paper is required.

Social Studies-99.00000795   Senior Project  (Elective) (S) - Offered to 12th grade students

The Current Events curriculum introduces students to issues that influence our life in this global, multicultural society. Students will research and current economic, political, social, and cultural problems, and explore how ongoing conflicts affect groups as well as individuals. Emphasis is upon America as a dynamic society in the 21st century, witnessing changes involving community, state, nation, and world. Some of the pressing problems facing our rapidly changing society will be examined in detail using a variety of media. Critical thinking skills and technology related research is emphasized. Speaking and listening skills are reinforced through class discussions and oral presentations. The study of interdisciplinary connections relates current events to history, economics, politics and the social world thereby enabling students to grasp the interrelationship between and among them. The use of a variety of technologies is integrated throughout the curriculum.