Course Information

Course Information

Social Studies Curriculum

Graduation Requirement for classes of 2007, 2008, 2009
1.0 credit World History 612/613 or Adv. World History 614/615 
1.5 credit U. S. History  1 credit from IB Am History*SL 630/631, US History 632/633 or IB American History/Economics*HL 634/635 and .5 credit 20th Century US History 651
 .5 credit senior social studies elective offerings
Graduation Requirement for class of 2010:
1.0 credit World History 612/613 or Adv. World History 614/615
1.0 credit U. S. History  IB Am History*SL630/631, US History 632/633 or IB AM History/Economics*HL 634/635
1.0 credit senior social studies elective offerings
     

 Senior Electives:                
IB 20th Century American History*SL 658/659                      1 credit
AP US History* 660/661                                                                         1 credit
IB/AP Economics*HL 662/663                                                                   1 credit
AP US Government and Politics* 664/665                          1 credit
American Government 650                                                            .5 credit
Economics 652                                                                                              .5 credit
Sociology 653                                                                                                .5 credit
Psychology 654                                                                                             .5 credit
* weighted grade

612/613   WORLD HISTORY      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1    X

This World History offering covers eight basic topics including the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Age of Exploration, Nationalism/Imperialism Revolution, World Wars, the “Cold War”, the Islamic world, Latin American affairs and current world issues.  The course is taught with a multicultural approach, recognizing many forms of human differences.  Students also learn various geographical concepts and are engaged in mapping various locations of the world.

Text:  Pending

614/615   ADVANCED world history      Credit      9      10      11           12
      (Combined w/ 214/215 Adv. Writing 1/Humanities 1)        1    X

This year long course is designed as a multicultural approach to ninth grade social studies.  Concepts integrate with themes and skills covered in Humanities classes, concentrating on such areas as government, culture, history, and geography.  Current topics are discussed on a regular basis throughout the year.

Text:  World  History – The Human Experience, 1999

United States History is required of all juniors.  Students must choose course 630/631, 632/633 or course 634/635.

630/631   IB american history*SL      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1                                    X                     

Taught in conjunction with American Literature / Writing III (230/231), this course provides the American History component of a team-taught, two-year course of study designed to qualify students to earn an International Baccalaureate standard-level certificate in the History of the Americas.  This course will also provide an in-depth study of 20th Century world history.  The course will analyze and evaluate the causes, practices, and effects of war and the cold war.  The course focuses on U.S. History and international affairs, and our study will help students develop a global perspective by exploring the impact of regional events on world politics and economics.
 
Text:  The Twentieth Century:  A Brief Global History  Goff/Moss/Terry/Upshur
                                                                                            (ISBN:  0-07-234853-4)

632/633   united states history      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1                                    X

The year's study combines a thematic and chronological approach to events and issues facing the United States from the 1600’s to the Wilson administration.  Historic developments are studied, along with the essential elements of national, state, and local governments.

Text:  The Twentieth Century:  A Brief Global History  Goff/Moss/Terry/Upshur
                                                                                                                                                           (ISBN:  0-07-234853-4)
American History to 1877  Robert Geise                                                 (ISBN:  0-81-204737-0)
American History 1877 to the Present  Mary Jane Ingui
                                                                                                                                                           (ISBN:  0-76-472005-0)
 
634/635   IB American History/Economics*HL       Credit      9      10      11            12
         
                           1                                    X
           (with 234/235 IB Humanities 3/Advanced Writing 3*HL)

This weighted honors course emphasizes the relationship and interaction between American history and American literature through the 20th century.  Although history and literature are the chief areas of study, the influence of science, philosophy, religion, and the fine arts are also highlighted.  This interdisciplinary approach, together with an emphasis on the multiple causes of complex events, enables students to increase their knowledge, as well as develop their ability to interpret history and literature.  This course meets all the requirements for the first year of an IB Economics HL class by introducing the students to the world of economics, as well as its markets and how they operate.  In addition, the students will gain an understanding of developing economies with a backdrop of not only the United States economy but other developing economies of the time period.  What leads to growth, its consequences, the barriers developing countries face and evaluating strategies that would lead to growth are all encompassed in this component.  This course is team-taught and is both stimulating and challenging to the serious student.  Writing focuses on the critical essay, research, and continued vocabulary study.  Oral group projects are required.  When followed by completion of 662/663, this course will contribute to the completion of an International Baccalaureate higher-level certificate in Economics.

Texts: American History: A Survey / Combined Edition, 11th Ed., Alan Brinkley
                                                                                                                                                           (ISBN:  0-07-242436-2)
Economics, In Terms of The Good, The Bad, and The Economist, Matt McGee

650   American Government      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  .5         x      X      X

This course will expose students to the operation of governments in general and, specifically, demonstrate the workings of our American government.  It concentrates on the powers and responsibilities of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and the relationship between the national government and state governments.

Sophomores will be allowed to take this course with the approval of their World History teacher.

Text:  American Government:  A Complete Coursebook          (ISBN:  0-669-46795-2)


 

651   UNITED STATES HISTORY-THE 20TH CENTURY      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  .5                                         X

This is a senior one-semester course which focuses on the historic and political developments from the Wilson administration to the present.  It is required of all seniors except those seniors enrolled in 658/659*, 660/661*, 662/663*, or 664/665*.

Text:  The Twentieth Century:  A Brief Global History by Goff/Moss/Terry/Upshur
                                                                                                                                                           (ISBN:  0-07-234853-4)
American History to 1877 by Robert Geise                                     (ISBN:  0-81-204737-0)
American History 1877 to the Present by Mary Jane Ingui
                                                                                                                                                           (ISBN:  0-76-412005-0)

652   economics      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  .5                                         X

This one-semester course is designed to introduce students to the study of economics. The course will emphasize economics on an individual level as well as examine our national economy and the role of each individual in the economy.  The aim of Consumer Economics is two-fold: (1) to provide a socioeconomic foundation for students who plan on pursuing further study in the economic related fields of business, management, accounting, banking, insurance, investment, etc.; and (2) to benefit from practical application of economic theory as it pertains to daily living.

Text:  JA Economics (provided by Junior Achievement)  Colorado Springs, CO, 2000

653   SOCIOLOGY      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  .5                                         X

This one-semester course covers all the essential topics for an introductory sociology course.  Topics include the social bases of human behavior, deviant behavior, various forms of human inequality, and the status of our social institution as we begin the 21st century.

Text:  Understanding Sociology                                                                       (ISBN:  0-07-011225-8)

654   psychology      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  .5                                         X

This intensive and challenging introductory course deals with the basic topics in psychology, such as experimental methods, biological aspects sensation, perception, learning, memory, cognition and language, cognitive abilities, motivation, human development, health and stress, disorders, and social cognition.  This course is content-heavy and designed for those who have good comprehension, retention and application skills.

Text:    Psychology, 6th Edition, 2003                                                 (ISBN:  0-61-821374-0)

658/659   IB 20th Century american history*SL      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1                                          X

This course is the second year of study designed to qualify students to earn an International Baccalaureate standard-level certificate in the History of the Americas.  This course will also provide an in-depth study of 20th Century world history.  The course will analyze and evaluate the causes, practices, and effects of war and the cold war.  The course focuses on U.S. History and international affairs, and our study will help students develop a global perspective by exploring the impact of regional events on world politics and economics.

Text:    The Twentieth Century:A Brief Global History  Goff/Moss/Terry/Upshur
                                                                                                                         (ISBN:  0-07-234853-4)
           Rise to Globalism  Ambrose &  Brinkley                              (ISBN:  0-14-026831-6)
          The Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 McCauley  (ISBN:  0-582-27659-4)
          Russian, American & The Cold War – 1949 – 1991  Martin McCauley


660/661   AP US HISTORY*                                                         Credit      9    10   11           12
                                                                                                                                  1                                          X

This is a weighted honors, senior level U. S. History course that has the prerequisite of U. S. History 630/631, 632/633 or 634/635.  The course meets for two semesters and fulfills the entire senior social studies requirement.   The objective of this course is to increase the student’s understanding of United States history from discovery to the present, with the goal of having each student pass the AP Examination.  The areas of concentration include historical, political, social, and economic history, coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions and their development.  The first quarter will be a review of junior U.S. History with increasing emphasis on the “why and how” of developments and events.  Quarters 2 and 3 will explore 20th century America.  A large portion of 4th quarter will be preparing for the AP exam in mid-May.

Text:  American History – A Survey / Combined Edition, Brinkley 11th Addition, 2003
                                                                                                                              (ISBN:  0-07-242436-2)
 

662/663   IB/AP ECONOMICS*HL      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1                                          X

International Baccalaureate / Advanced Placement Economics is a course that explores many of the events that are shaping our lives, from the crisis in health care to the deficit, and how they will impact our futures.  It also examines many other important international issues that we as consumers face on a daily basis.
It is a weighted honors, senior level course that meets for two semesters and fulfills the entire senior social studies requirement.  The course includes both micro and macro economic knowledge that is necessary to function as an informed citizen for our society today.  The purpose of the micro economic portion of the course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers.  It places primary emphasis on the nature and function of product and factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.
The purpose of the macro economic portion of the course is to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the economic system as a whole.  The study of national income, price determination, economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics are emphasized.  Upon completion of the International Baccalaureate assessments, the student should be well-prepared for college-level economics and receive up to eight credits of college credit.

Text:                Economics – With Discoverecon DVD, 16th Edition McConnell & Brue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (ISBN:  0-07-281935-9)

664/665   AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS*      Credit      9      10      11           12
                                  1          X      X      X

The Advanced Placement course in United States Government and Politics is designed to provide students with an analytical approach to politics and government in the United States.  The course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and the analysis of specific examples that will provide the student with a profound perspective detailing American citizenship.  Students will also develop an understanding of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality.  At the conclusion of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement examination.  The course fulfills the entire senior social studies requirement

Text:    Government in America, 11th Edition, 2004                                       (ISBN:  0-321-12957-1)
Advanced Placement:  U. S. Government and Politics, 1993
                                                                                                                                                   (ISBN:  1-56077-424-X)
American Government: Readings and Cases, 15th Edition, 2004
                                                                                                                                                   (ISBN:  0-321-12977-6)