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Welcome to Social Science Department

COURSE LISTINGS 

 

 

REQUIRED COURSES
9th Grade: Civics (1 Semester Course)
10th Grade: CP World History
11th Grade: CP U.S. History or AP U.S. History
12th Grade: U.S. Government & Economics

 

ELECTIVES FOR 11th & 12th GRADE: 

AP Human Geography

Psychology

AP Psychology

Women's Studies

AP World History

 

REQUIRED COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Civics:  This course uses an inquiry-based model to assist students in developing the necessary skills for success in their career, college, and civic life.  Included in the curriculum will be various aspects of media literacy, service-learning, and proactive citizenship.

World History:  The focus of this course is the chronological progression of events in world history.  Students will develop a global view of the relationship between today's cultures and those of the past, as well as an awareness of cultural similarities, differences, and achievements.  Contents will also include the geographical location and influence of classical civilizations, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

U.S. History: This course will examine the chronological growth and change of the United States regarding social eras, political developments, economic policies, and foreign relations.  The California Framework units include a review of US History in the 19th Century after the Civil War, The Progressive Era, World War I, Roaring 20's the Depression Years, New Deal, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the 80's and post Cold-War.  Students will continue to develop research skills, data analysis, written and oral communication, and service learning related to citizenship.  Individual and cooperative group work will be assigned.

AP U.S. History: This is rigorous course designed for the students with high ability and interest in the advanced study of history.  Students will work with primary documents and will write a variety of papers and essay examinations.  Course prepares students for the U.S. History Advanced Placement Exam.  Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college level classes.  Because they are college classes not high school. they are not subject to the Homework Board policy guidelines.

American Government:  Government is a study of the structure of the United States government, the role of the citizen in a democratic republic, the significance of political parties and lobby groups, and the differences between the national government and the state's and the state and local governments' powers.  Students are required to complete text reading including the Federalist Papers 10, 51, and 78 (as per the California Framework).

Economics:  Economics is an introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics, consumerism and comparative economic systems.  Graphing skills as well as the ability to read charts and statistical information are used to compete assignments.  Assessment of student work in Government and Economics is heavily dependent of cooperative learning skills, as many units of study require completion of group projects and service learning.

ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Psychology:  The American Psychological Association defines Psychology as "the study of the mind and behavior.  The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience-from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged...in every conceivable setting...'the understanding of behavior' is the enterprise of psychologists."  This course is a general introduction of Psychology and should be rigorous and relevant with instruction that integrates thinking skills, historical processes, and content so that students are able to apply their learning to their own lives.

AP Psychology:  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.  Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college level classes and not subject to the School Board Homework policy guidelines.

Women's Studies:  The class will help students see women's past and current role in the country and in the world with a deeper understanding of their significance.  Units include an overview of women's coalitions, violence against women, international women's issues, women and the media, body image, and a research project on a subject of personal choice.  Through these topics students will be empowered with the tools of political activism and self-advocacy as they question existing social and political structures.  All students will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of themselves and the world by studying inspirational examples of powerful women.

AP World History: The AP World History course is designed to follow the course outline as described by the College Board.  The purpose is to provide students with a broader understanding of the process and results of greater global contacts and interactions across continents and time periods.  Students will acquire factual knowledge as well as further developing the skills of analysis and evaluation of the cultural, institutional and technological changes within and between political boarders.  Advanced Placement (AP classes are college level classes.  Because they are college not high school, they are not subject to the Homework Board policy guidelines.