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Social Studies Course Selections

Advanced Placement U.S. History
21003309
1 year, Grades 11 or 12
Provides students with the opportunity to develop the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems, content, and materials of American historic development. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement World History
21094209
1 year, Grades 10, 11, or 12
Focuses on major world themes including: the impact of interaction among major societies, the relationship of change and continuity across various world history periods, the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, and cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within societies. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement
Microeconomics
21023609
½ year, Grade 12
The Purpose of this course is to give students a through 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 functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement
Macroeconomics
21023709
½ year, Grade 12
The Purpose of this course is to give students a through understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price determination. Students also develop a familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement
Human Geography
21034009
1 year, Grade 9,10,11,12
The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.  Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement
American Government & Politics
21064209
1/2 year, Grades 11-12
The purpose of this course is to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. This course involves the study of the general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up the American political reality. Specific content of to be covered will include, but not be limited to: Federalism and the separation of powers; the development of the Constitution; the process of politics; the nature of public opinion; the role of political parties and interest groups; the major formal and informal institutional arrangement of powers; and the development of civil liberties and civil rights. The AP exam is required.

Advanced Placement
Government and Politics: Comparative
½ year, Grades 11-12
2106430
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. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. The AP Exam is required

Advanced Placement
Psychology
2107350
1 year, grades 10 - 12
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes 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. AP exam required.

American Government
21063104
1/2  year, Grades 9 – 12
The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain an understanding of American government and political behavior that is essential for effective citizenship and active involvement in a democratic American society.

American Government Honors
21063205
1/2 year, Grades 9 – 12
Prerequisite:  B in 8th grade Social Studies
Acquisition of understanding of American government and political behavior is the focus of this course.  This is achieved by reflecting on the background and circumstances that created the need for a federal, state and local governments in America.

American History
21003104                
1 year, Grade 11
Provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the chronological development of the American people by examining the political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events that have affected the rise and growth of our nation.

American History Honors
21003205
1 year, Grade 11
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation, 3.0 in 10th grade social studies
A survey course in American History, which covers exploration to the present.  Study the political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events that have affected the United States.  Understanding of the historical reasoning, interpretation and current events will be cultivated.
 
Economics
21023104
1/2 year, Grades 12
Helps the student understand the way in which society organizes its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants and needs.  The development and comparison of various economic systems will be explored.

Economics Honors
21023205
1/2 year, Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and 3.0 in 11th grade social studies
Encourages an understanding of the way in which a society organizes its limited resources.  The course will focus on distinguishing characteristics of other types of economic systems with particular attention to the American mixed market system.  Social economic goals will be explored: freedom, economic efficiency, equity, full employment stability, and growth.

Psychology 1
21073004
1/2 year, Grades 10 – 12
Students will acquire an understanding of human behavior, behavioral interaction, and the progressive development of individuals.

Psychology 2
21073104
1/2 year, Grades 10 - 12
Prerequisite:  Psychology I
Psychology 2 will provide students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of human behavior, behavioral interaction, and the progressive development of individuals.

World History
21093104
1 year, Grade 10
Students have the opportunity to secure an understanding of the history of the entire world from earliest times.  

World History Honors
21093205
1 year, Grade 10
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation, B in 9th grade social studies
Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of past events.  Students analyze and learn the various political, social, religious, and cultural aspects of past civilizations and how these interacted with one another to institute change. Requires extensive reading and writing skills.

Sociology
21083004
1/2 year, Grades 9 – 12
This course will introduce students to the social causes and consequences of human behavior.  Emphasis will be placed on various public issues such as crime, the environment, inequality, and substance abuse.

Law Studies
21063504
1/2 year, Grades 9 - 12
Students learn that the American legal system is the foundation of American society.  In order to function effectively, students examine those laws which have an impact on citizens’ lives and are provided with an introduction to fundamental civil and criminal justice procedures.

African American History
2100340
½ year, Grades 9-12
The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the chronological development of African Americans by examining the political, economic, social, religious, military and cultural events that affected the cultural group. Content will include, but is not limited to, West African heritage, the Middle Passage and Triangular Trade, the African Diaspora, significant turning points and trends in the development of African American culture and institutions, enslavement and emancipation, the Abolition, Black Nationalist, and Civil Rights movements, major historical figures and events in African-American history, and contemporary African-American affairs.

The History of the Vietnam War (Conflicts of the Twentieth Century)
2100400
½  year,  Grades 9-12
The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the chronological development of the Vietnam War by examining the political, economic, social, religious, military and cultural events that affected the war. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the progression of the war including, but not limited to, an analysis of the United States military effort and makeup in the war, an evaluation of the role of the United States homefront, interpretations of the effects of the media, film and literature during and after the war, a judgment of crucial decisions made during the Vietnam War and an analysis of the resulting impact of the conflict. This expanded format of the course may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the First and Second World Wars, The Korean War, Vietnam, Grenada Campaign, Panama, El Salvador, the Gulf Wars and the conflict in Afghanistan.

Holocaust
2109430
½ year, Grades 9-12
The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the examination of the events of the Holocaust (1933-1945), the systematic, planned annihilation of European Jews and other groups by Nazi Germany. Content will include, but is not limited to, the examination of twentieth century pogroms and of twentieth century and twenty-first century genocides, investigation of human behavior during this period, and an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping.

Women’s Studies
2104340
½ year, Grades 9-12
The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the historical development of women in various cultures, the role of women in shaping history, and of contemporary issues that impact the lives of women.

Philosophy Honors
2120910
1/2 Year, Grades 9-12
The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the definition and historical application of philosophy. Content should include, but is not limited to, the study of classical and modern philosophies, the fundamental principles of philosophical thought, such as semantics, logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, and major figures of social, political and religious philosophies.