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2019-20High School Course Selection Guide


Western civilization. The roots of the Western tradition are examined by studying Greco-Roman culture and the history of Europe is surveyed from the Middle Ages through the end of the Cold War.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY (10, 11, 12)


The course is organized into four historical periods that run from c. 1450 to the present. Students will learn European History through a range of historical thinking skills to investigate the thematic learning objectives. The key concepts, supporting concepts and historical developments that are required knowledge for each period will be presented. Eleventh and twelfth grade students may select this course as an elective. This course may be used to fulfill the tenth grade social studies requirement and is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test.


1 CREDIT Prerequisite: Recommendation of their current Social Studies teacher.


UNITED STATES HISTORY - 20TH CENTURY CAREER & COLLEGE PREP/HONORS (11)


1 CREDIT


Students continue the study of United States History begun in middle school. This course studies the story of America from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. In addition to examining the political history of modern America, students also consider social, economic and cultural developments.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY (11)


This course is organized into historical periods that run from the precolonial era to the present and the key concepts, supporting concepts, and historical developments that are required knowledge for each period. Students will learn American History through thematic learning objectives and use historical thinking skills to analyze the material. The demands for this course are equivalent to an introductory college level course and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam.


1 CREDIT Prerequisite: Recommendation of their current Social Studies teacher.


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS CAREER & COLLEGE PREP/HONORS (12)


This course is a study of the American political and economic systems, and the examination of the workings of federal, state, and local governments. The United States Constitution is analyzed in terms of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students also study economic concepts and acquire a basic understanding of the American economy.


1 CREDIT


ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS (12)


This is a survey course in American government with emphasis on the structure, operation and politics of the Federal government. The course addresses the constitutional underpinnings of government, political behavior, the branches and functions of the government, and the major areas of national public policy. Those areas include economic and regulatory policy, social welfare policy, civil liberties and civil rights policy, foreign and national security policy, and other areas dictated by current events. The course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in United States Government and Politics.


1 CREDIT Prerequisite: Recommendation of their current Social Studies teacher. SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES Te following courses may be used for Arts/Humanities or elective credit.


AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Neutrally Weighted


This course examines the experiences of African-Americans in the United States and their role in shaping the nation’s history from colonial America to the present day. During this course, students examine primary source documents and secondary sources such as maps, video clips, film, paintings, architecture, and music.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY 1 Neutrally Weighted


This course explores all military aspects of United States involvement in combat (with an emphasis on the late 18th and 19th centuries), including logistical movement, strategy, military parlance, the study of weaponry and the impact upon society of war.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY 2 Neutrally Weighted


With an emphasis on the 20th century, this course covers detailed military aspects of United States involvement in combat including logistical movement, strategy, military parlance, the study of weaponry, and the impact upon society of war.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


ADVANCED PLACEMENT ECONOMICS (11, 12) 1 CREDIT This full-year, college-level course is an extensive examination of


both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. In Microeconomics, the students will gain a thorough understanding of the principles of economics as they apply to individuals and the firm (producers). Topics include basic economic functions, the nature and function of product and factor (labor, land and capital) markets, as well as market failure and the role of government.


The Macroeconomic portion gives the student an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to economic systems as a whole (aggregate). Topics include economic measurements, price determination and national income, economic growth, stabilization policies and international trade and finance (open economy).


Students taking this course will have the opportunity to take


the Advanced Placement exam in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in May.


NOTE: Tis course is offered to 11th and 12th grade students only.


Prerequisite: Students must have the recommendation from their current Social Studies teacher.


HISPANIC CULTURES Neutrally Weighted


This course examines the experiences of Hispanics in the United States and their role in shaping the nation’s history from pre-colonial America to the present day. During this course, students will examine primary source documents and secondary sources such as maps, video clips,


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


film, paintings, architecture, and music. THE HOLOCAUST


Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Students examine the holocaust in a historical context in order to better recognize what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democracy.


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