COURSE CATALOG: SOCIAL STUDIES

FACULTY DIRECTORY: SOCIAL STUDIES


BASIC COURSE OF STUDIES - SOCIAL STUDIES

Graduation Requirements:

Three years

courses offered:

Geography 9

Geography 9

Grade 9

One-semester course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes the physical, historical, cultural and political geography of the world as a preparation for their future courses in World History and United States History. Primary emphasis is placed on knowledge of all the countries, oceans, major mountain ranges, major rivers, primary natural resources, relative population densities, environmental problems, historical nature of the current country borders, and the position of those countries in modern society. This will also serve as a course for new high school students to begin to utilize the skills in note taking, organization, study techniques and presentation.

World History

World History

Grade 10

One-year course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

World History is the chronological story of human beings and civilizations. This course will introduce the skills of expository essay writing. Students will demonstrate competency in research and analyzing information to find evidence to support a thesis and determine main themes. Students will also demonstrate an ability to use and access online research tools. Projects and research papers in MLA format will be required.

World History Honors

World History Honors

Grade 10

One-year course, Required

Prerequisite:

Based on Recommendation and Student Achievement

Description:

Accelerated World History is designed for the sophomore student who has a strong interest in History. This fast paced, lecture format class requires comprehensive note taking and reading skills. Students will be assessed on a regular basis and are expected to synthesize the information provided in lecture, the text and supplementary readings. MLA format expository essays will be assigned. Multiple student projects and research papers will be required. Summer readings and writing assessments are required.

U. S. History

U. S. History

Grade 11

One-year course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This survey course reviews early American history and moves to an emphasis from the Civil War to the present. Social history plays a strong role in better understanding the growth of the Unites States along with domestic and foreign policy. The student will use the tools of the social sciences and demonstrate competency in analysis, the use of primary and secondary sources, expository writing and the ability to work in a group.

AP U. S. History

AP U.S. History

Grade 11

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Outstanding performance in World History and English, PSAT scores, cum GPA, writing assessment and instructor recommendation. Students for this class will be selected by the Social Sciences Department.

Description:

Advanced Placement American History is a more in-depth analytical approach to the main U.S. History course, but will require more extensive outside reading and research from primary historical sources. The student will do oral presentations and group work in a seminar setting. All students are required to take the AP test in May.

Economics

Economics

Grade 12

One-semester course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

Economics provides a combined approach of economic theory and application, which concentrates, on the free enterprise system. This course includes macro and micro economic theories, to include international markets and investments. Economic statistics, graphs, and production studies and investment strategies will supplement the theoretical application. Practical applications are also used and encouraged to support the various components of the course work and economics trends. There is a summative assessment at the end of the semester titled– The Christmas Bazaar, a project entails that each class is acting as a company in which they are selling a unique product or service that they have created.

AP Macroeconomics

AP Macroeconomics

Grade 12

One-semester course

Prerequisite:

Outstanding performance in World History, US History, and English, PSAT scores, cum GPA, writing assessment and instructor recommendation. Students for this class will be selected by the Social Sciences Department.

Description:

The purpose of the AP course in Macroeconomics is to give students 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 and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students must register to take the AP exam in the spring.

Government

Government

Grade 12

One-semester course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

The study of Government is centered around the concept of “With Freedom Comes Responsibility.” This course includes the foundation of our government, and the students’ role in the national and state and local governments. Students will be encouraged to participate in a myriad of ways within and outside the system.

Psychology

Psychology

Grades 11-12

One-semester course, Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes a general survey of the basic concepts of psychology, its theories, and terminology, plus the study of the structure & function of the brain, the central and peripheral nervous systems, the endocrine and sensory systems, cognitive processes, learning, memory, lifespan development, psychological disorders, modalities of psychotherapy, and substance abuse. A variety of strategies & assessments are used, including discussion, questioning, case vignettes, partner role play, text reading & quizzes and video viewing will provide a lively and interesting class. Students will also have an opportunity to take a few inventories and learn strategies for stress reduction.

Sociology of Sport

Sociology of Sport

Grades 11-12

One-year Semester, Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes sport as a social institution and the interrelations between sport and societal subsystems. We will examine the attitudes, values and behaviors associated with sport. Analysis of contemporary problems associated with sport will be made, with ties made to their historic origins; such problems include race relations, the traditional and emergent role of women, aggression and violence and political and economic concerns.

Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology

Grades 11-12

One-year Semester, Elective

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes the key psychological aspects of athletic success as well as investigating the universality of those precepts in achieving success in other fields. It provides a broad overview of the major topics in the field and explores various psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise. This course will guide high school students and student athletes in creating a balance of academics, family and sports as well as in building a strong knowledge base for choosing a potential college or career focus in the field.

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