Social Sciences

Social Sciences Course Descriptions

World History-P

College Prep, Grade 10, Year-long

This course is required for high school graduation.

Students connect historical events with their effects on the development of culture. The effects of geography on events and people are explored. The course is aligned with state Social Science standards to include: The rise of Democratic Ideals, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, 19th century Imperialism, WW I, 20th century Totalitarian Dictatorships, WW II, the Cold War, developing countries and conflict in the world today. Curriculum includes both content standards and Historical and Social Sciences analysis skills standards.

United States History-P

College Prep, Grade 11, Year-long

This course is required for high school graduation. Students cover major turning points in American history during the 20th century. This course will begin with a review of early American history; from the nation’s beginnings up to 1900. Following this, students will engage in an in-depth study of the Progressive Era and WW I, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, WW II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and post Cold War America. Curriculum includes both content standards and Historical and Social Sciences analysis skills standards.

AP United States History-P

College Prep, Grades 11, Year-long

Prerequisite: A summer assignment will be given. The completed assignment will be required on the first day of class in the fall to maintain enrollment.
 
This AP course parallels the same content as US History, but is designed for the passionate history student who desires a course taught on a college level. The course requires a high level of commitment, including an extensive amount of reading. Students will be challenged to use their best critical thinking skills in classroom discussion and writing assignments. Course examinations will be based on prior examinations used by the College Board.

Economics-P

College Prep, Grade 12, Semester-long
 
This course is required for high school graduation. Students will study and learn the principles of economics and of the American economic system. They will compare the American system to economic systems of other nations. Students will learn fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how the principle concepts of economics relate, and understand the structure of economic systems. Students will learn to make reasoned consumer judgments about economic decisions. Students will also become aware of how economic forces operating in today’s world may affect their future.

Government-P

College Prep, Grade 12, Semester-long
 
This course is required for high school graduation. This course includes an analysis of national, state, and local governmental structures. This is a study to inform students on how our government operates its duties and responsibilities at all levels, and the part ‘we the people’ play in its operation. Areas covered include formation of our government, problems encountered and resolved, civil liberties, civil rights, the presidency, congress, courts, state and local government. Emphasis is also placed on current American problems.

AP Government-P

College Prep, Grade 12, Semester-long
 
Prerequisite: A winter assignment will be given. The completed assignment will be required on the first day of class in the spring to maintain enrollment.
 
This AP course parallels the same content as Government, but is designed for the passionate government student who desires a course taught on a college level. The course requires a high level of commitment, including an extensive amount of reading. Students will be challenged to use their best critical thinking skills in classroom discussion and writing assignments. Course examinations will be based on prior examinations used by the College Board.
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