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The course begins with a study of anti-Semitism and of the Nazis before concluding with a study of the Holocaust. Some background in European history is recommended.


NOTE: Some topics may require a level of student maturity. Ninth grade students should have a strong interest in the subject.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (9, 10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT


West Chester Area School District


UNDERSTANDING LAW .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE Neutrally Weighted


This course begins with an overview of constitutional and civil law, and then proceeds to study all aspects of the criminal justice system including arrest, trial and the penal system.


This is a college level introductory course in Human Geography. Topics will focus on population,demographics, and migration; cultural patterns and process such as religion and cultural identity; the political organization of space, including the challenges to inherited political- territorial arrangements; land use issues, such as urbanization, settlement patterns, and modern agriculture; and industrial and economic development. The overall goal is to demonstrate that geography is important to understanding our world today and to help students develop skills of inquiry within a geographic framework.


PSYCHOLOGY Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


An introduction to the methods and concepts of contemporary psychology, course topics include learning, personality, social adjust- ment and abnormality.


NOTE: Some topics may require a level of student maturity. Ninth grade students should have a strong interest in the subject.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY (10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT


TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION


ENGINEERING DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE 1, 2, 3 HONORS (9, 10, 11, 12)


These action-oriented, student-centered courses are a great introduction to engineering, architecture, and design. Students will use AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit to design 2D and 3D models. In these courses, students will use computer drafting software along with 3D printing technologies to construct prototypes and models. While these courses would be beneficial to anyone, they are extremely valuable to students planning a career in engineering or other technical fields.


1 CREDIT


WOODWORKING & MATERIALS 1, 2, 3, 4 (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted 1 CREDIT


This course introduces the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. Topics include development, biological basis for behavior, sensation and perception, cognition, states of consciousness, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy, and emotion and motivation. This course is highly interactive and reliant on independent effort, initiative, and critical thinking. Experiments, surveys, opinion papers, simulations, and creative illustrations are examples of techniques used. The demands of this course are equivalent to those of an introductory college course and prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination.


NOTE: Some topics may require a level of student maturity. Tis course is offered to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students only.


SOCIOLOGY Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


This course provides students with an introduction to the methods and concepts of modern sociology, and an understanding of the society of which he/she is a part. Topics include childhood and adolescence, the adjustment to adulthood, prejudice and discrimination, love and marriage, and the problems of poverty in an affluent society.


NOTE: Some topics may require a level of student maturity. Ninth grade students should have a strong interest in the subject.


STOCKS & INVESTMENT .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE Neutrally Weighted


Blended learning class - 4 days in-class/ 1 day online learning


In this introductory course, students “purchase” stocks and create investment portfolios through individual and team research, and by using simulation activities.


Students learn to use hand tools, power tools, and stationary machines safely to construct and finish quality projects made of wood, metal, plastics and other materials. Product design, assembly, and finishing are covered at progressive levels of complexity and challenge. Students strive to develop a confident, “I can do” attitude while creating projects, learning safety and having fun.


TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION OPTIONS* (11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted


Students who desire to schedule one of the Technology Education courses described above, but who are unable to accommodate the required class meetings in their schedule, may arrange (with the permission of the Technology Education teacher and their Guidance Counselor) to schedule the course on a partial credit basis. The student must attend regular scheduled meetings of the class in which he/she enrolls; this is not an independent study arrangement. Credit varies depending on the option selected and approved by the Technology Education Department.


*Since this course is based on availability and room within a student’s schedule, students may only select this course after the school year begins.


WORLD LANGUAGE


FRENCH 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted


1 CREDIT


Students develop the skills of listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing French at a beginner’s level. The course includes vocabulary building, development of basic structural patterns, listening comprehension exercises, instructional games, role-playing and exploration of French culture. Listening and speaking skills are combined with written work for evaluation.


VARIABLE CREDIT


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