Social Studies

Department Mission Statement

The goal of Social Studies is to develop and cultivate an awareness of international and national history, political and economic institutions and human and social behaviors. To meet the diverse needs of our students, teachers develope engaging and rigorous learning opportunities, encompassing elements from multiple disciplines. The ultimate outcome is students' becoming active participants in a democratic society.

Grading Scale

Grading Scale

100-90=A

  89-80=B

  79-70=C

  69-60=D

  59 -0 =F

Final Course Mark Determination Components

Area of Evaluation Description of Area % of Grade

Assessments:

Final Exam, Tests, Quizzes

Purpose
Assessment of semester, unit and chapter learning. Comparisons to standards and benchmarks.

Different forms of assessment are provided so that all learning styles are addressed in speaking, listening, writing, reading, research projects, art projects, and technology-based projects.

Frequency
Tests and quizzes are given on a regular basis

Feedback
Feedback is provided through review in class, grade and self-review.

Learning Domains Emphasized
Teacher assistance peer tutoring. Students have the chance to compare first work with final result.

60%

Major Projects (Written/Oral)

Purpose
Projects are summative assessments. They may be individual or group. Projects may include oral presentations, videos, reports, posters, PowerPoint presentations, and simulations.

Frequency
Projects may be assigned one project per unit. A variety of projects are assigned to allow all learning styles a successful outcome.

 

Homework  Classwork

Purpose
Homework is designed to develop, practice and reinforce study and organizational skills, time management, note-taking and writing skills, while reinforcing core concepts.

Frequency
May be given daily or as long-term assignments, as in packets.

Feedback
Feedback is provided to students through teacher comments and grades/points given.

Learning Domains Emphasized

  • Knowledge, understanding, and application analysis.
  • Core knowledge is attained through computer lab activities, research, class dissussion and content-based texts.
  • Understanding is demonstrated by students' ability to recall/present information in a factual manner.
  • Application--Students exhibit application skills when working on homework/research projects.
  • Analytical skills are shown by the student's ability to respond to prompts/directions in either a written or oral fashion.
 40%

Class Participation Classwork

Purpose
To encourage students to contribute to the class learning process and  to encourage students to stay on task. This may serve as formative assessment.

Frequency--Daily

Feedback
Feedback is provided through teacher comments and class feedback.

Learning Domains Emphasized

  • Knowledge, understanding, and application analysis.
  • Understanding is demonstrated by students' ability to recall/synthesize information.
  • Application-Students exhibit application skills when working in class in small groups.
  • Analytical skills are shown by the student's ability to respond to questions in either a written or oral fashion.

 

 
     

 

Courses

Social Studies

 

 Important Note:

Due to constraints with class sizes and textbooks, if students fail required Social Studies courses, it is possible that they may only be repeated in Summer School or Adult Education classes

 

World Geography

#306545   {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 9-10 Length: 1 semester F/S Prerequisite: None

Description: Students will acquire geography skills concerning the various global regions in order to understand current geopolitical/cultural world issues.  The political emphasis/focus in each unit will be determined by significant events.

World History

#301042 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10

Length: 1 year Prerequisite: None

Description: The content of this course focuses on the major turning points in the shaping of the modern world, focusing on the eighteenth century to the present. The ancient world (“Legacy of the Ancient World”) serves as a preface. Various perspectives are included: historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural.

The following units will be studied during the year: Unit 1  the World Before Modern Times

Unit 2  A Era of European Imperialism Unit 3  The Twentieth Century

Unit 4  Toward a Global Civilization.  Students will be presented with differing perspectives on issues and events in order to develop critical thinking skills of an informed citizen in the contemporary world.

 

AP World History

#301062  {UC} (CSU)

Grade Level: 10-12

Length: 1 year Prerequisite: None

Description: Advanced Placement World History is a rigorous, college-level course, which will study the world from 1789 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing, comparing, and debating major issues and conflicts that have occurred throughout the world. Students will be required to take essay examinations, write research papers, and do organized research while developing oral skills in the areas of discussion and debate. Students will take the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Based upon the examination score, students may earn up to 10 college credits. This course may be taken in lieu of the required World History course.

 

U.S.History

#302043  {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11

Length: 1 year Prerequisites: None

Description: This required course is a survey of the political, social and cultural history of the United States with an emphasis on the twentieth century. An effort will be made to understand the roots of the American character and our social/political institutions. Major units covered will be:

  • Imperialism
  • Progressive Era
  • World War I
  • The 1920’s
  • Depression and The New Deal
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Contemporary America

AP U.S. History

#302063  {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 year Prerequisites: None

Description: Advanced Placement U.S. History is a rigorous, college-level course which covers the early colonial period to the present. The rich course material, classroom discussions, and demanding assignments will help students develop the content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students.  Students will be required to take essay and multiple choice examinations, and develop oral skills in the areas of discussion and debate. AP helps students develop better study habits, improve their writing skills, and sharpen their problem-solving abilities – skills vital to their success later in college. AP provides you the opportunity to earn credit or advanced placement for college and stand out in the admission process.

 

American Government

#303044    {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 12 Length: 1 semester F/S

Prerequisites: Completion of U.S. History  

Description: This required course covers the study of American government. It includes a careful look at the

executive, judicial and legislative units that make up this unique system. Landmark Supreme Court cases will be analyzed. Frequent references will be made to material from US History, particularly as it relates to the foundations of the American political tradition.

 

 

AP U.S. Government and Politics

#303064             {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 12

Length: 1 semester (Fall) Prerequisites: None

Description: Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics is a RIGOROUS COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE

which covers the Constitutional Underpinnings of U.S. Government; Political Beliefs & Behaviors of Individuals; Political parties, Interest groups and Mass Media; the 3 Branches of Government & the Bureaucracy; Public Policy; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Students will be required to closely follow Government current events. Students will be required to take essay examinations, write research papers, do organized research and develop oral skills through class discussion and debate. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Based upon the examination score, students may be able to start college with as many as five credits. This course may be taken in lieu of the required American government course.

 

Economics

#304044    {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 12 Length: 1 semester F/S

Prerequisites: Completion of U.S. History

Description: This required course is designed for students who are maturing and preparing to graduate from high school to assume additional responsibilities as citizens. The class will give students a thorough understanding of the principles of Economics that apply to the functions of individual decision-making, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. The class will also place particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and develop the students' familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.

 

Ancient History and Archaeology

# 305345   {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 semester Prerequisites: None

Description: We will survey the social, political, and cultural history of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will examine the historical and cultural contributions each of these cultures has had upon the shaping of the western world. This course will also emphasize the major literary, architectural, and artistic works of Egypt, Greece, and Rome and how they reflect ancient society. Students will examine a variety of aspects of the ancient world such as the pyramids and mummies, Greek and Egyptian mythology, ancient warfare, ancient literature, the destruction of Pompeii, the gladiators, and the Roman Emperors.

Western Philosophy

#307445  {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10-12 Length: 1 semester F/S Prerequisites: None

Description: This course examines the big questions of life: What is the nature of reality? What is the meaning of life? How do we know that all of life is not just a dream or an illusion? What is the purpose of government? What is justice? What does it mean to be an ethical human being? Are we free? Philosophers from ancient Greece until now have taken on these questions, and their answers have sparked centuries of debate and dialogue--as well as hundreds of more questions! This course explores the history of this debate, commonly known as western philosophical thought.

Psychology

#306845{UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 semester Prerequisites: None

Description: This is an introductory course in psychology. Students will explore the various fields of psychology, including theories of human behavior, and the methodology of psychological research. Units include learning and memory, psychological disorders, social psychology, personality theory, and motivation and emotion.

AP Psychology

#306865   {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12 Length: one year Prerequisites: Biology

Description: 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. This is a two semester course for eleventh and twelfth grade students interested in an in-depth, rigorous study of psychology.

 

AP Economics Macro/Micro

#304164, #304264     UC/CSU
Grade level:12 Length: one year
Prerequisites: Algebra II

Description: The course is divided into two parts – Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics willl be taught the first semester. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills through the understanding, application, and analysis of fundamental economic concepts. The content of this course is equivalent to the micro and macro economics courses taught in top- quality universities.

 

Facing History & Ourselves

#305945{UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12 Length: 1 semester F/S Prerequisite: None

Description: This social studies elective course examines the meaning of prejudice, intolerance, responsibility, justice, and individual participation in a society. Using the history of the Holocaust and the Cambodian and Armenian genocides as points of reference, students explore themes such as the role of the individual in society; the nature of obedience; participatory citizenship; human rights; and the roles of individuals, institutions, and governments in the improvement of the human condition.

 

Sociology

#307145   {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 11-12 Length: 1 semester F/S Prerequisite: None

Description: This is a survey course in sociology. Students will explore the various fields of sociology, including theories of human social behavior and the methodology of sociological research. Major units include culture, institutions, and inequality, deviance,

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