• Social Studies

    202   GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF THE WORLD

    Grade level:  9, 10 Term: All Year(2 credits)

    Students develop and use the six elements of geography to better understand current events and issues facing the world today.  These elements are: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, and the Uses of Geography.  These elements will be studied in the context of events from 1450 AD to the present. Fulfills the Geography History of the World/World History and Civilization graduation requirement for all diplomas.

    203   WORLD HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION

    Grade level:  9, 10 Term: All Year (2 credits)

    This course is an introduction to the beliefs, traditions and achievements of the human past from prehistoric times to the 21st century.  By studying the peoples of the world, past and present, we can more fully appreciate the many cultures and have a better understanding of our world today.  Each student will be evaluated based on test scores, homework, class participation and special projects. Fulfills the Geography History of the World/World History and Civilization graduation requirement for all diplomas.

    204   ACCELERATED WORLD HISTORY

    Grade level:  9, 10 Term: All Year (2 credits)

    This course is an introduction to the beliefs, traditions and achievements of the human past from prehistoric times to the 21st century.  By studying the peoples of the world, past and present, we can more fully appreciate the many cultures and have a better understanding of our world today. Accelerated World History covers the same time period as regular World History, but emphasis will be on studying and evaluating primary and secondary sources of information.  This course will not necessarily require more work than the regular course, but it will require different kinds of work and the use of different skills. Fulfills the Geography History of the World/World History and Civilization graduation requirement for all diplomas

    206   UNITED STATES HISTORY

    Grade level: 11   Term: All Year(2 credits)

    This required course is designed to provide the student with information concerning the heritage of the United States, its government, its culture, and its growth and expansion into a world power.  The course is designed to provide each student with an understanding of the relationship between past events and the United States as it is today. The greatest amount of time will be spent on the post-Civil War era. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for all diplomas.

    208H   UNITED STATES HISTORY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT                                 

    Grade level:  11, 12 Term:  All Year (2 credits)

    Juniors may take this class in place of the regular U. S. History class to satisfy the state graduation requirement.  This course follows the course requirements for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) course. It is also part of the Indiana University Advanced College Project (ACP).  Students may receive both high school and college credit for this course. Those intending to enroll for college credit will pay tuition at the beginning of each semester. This course covers the same time period as the regular United States History course, but a college level atmosphere is maintained with emphasis on class participation and reading.  Seniors who did not take United States History AP as juniors may enroll in the class for AP/ACP credit. Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    213 TOPICS IN HISTORY; The Holocaust

    Grade level: 11-12  Term: One Semester (1 Credit)

    Topics In History: The Holocaust provides students the opportunity to study the era, events, or concepts surrounding The Holocaust.  Development of historical research skills using primary and secondary sources is emphasized. Students will explore psychological and sociological concepts behind human behavior, historical and governmental concepts, events, and policy, and modern events, concepts, and themes based around genocide today.

    215   SOCIOLOGY

    Grade level: 11, 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

    The main objective of this course is to help students understand human social behavior and the American society, how it works and how it affects people.  We will be studying family relations (from developmental stages to dating to old age), a comparison of our culture to others around the world, the development of fads and fashions, the impact of prejudice and discrimination on groups, the dynamics of groups and much, much more.

    217   PSYCHOLOGY

    Grade level: 11, 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

    Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior.  The course will concentrate on the major subfields of psychology, trace its philosophical and historical roots, and study research methods and statistics. Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. The course is divided into eight content areas. History & Scientific Method, Biological Basis for Behavior, Development, Cognition, Personality and Assessment, Abnormal Psychology, Sociocultural, and Psychological Thinking.

    221H  PSYCHOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    Grade level:  11-12 Term: All Year (2 credit)

    AP Psychology is a college level course focusing on the study of behavior and mental processes.  This course is intended to introduce students to the concepts, principles, theories and theorists of the major subfields associated with Psychology, as well as the methods and ethics used by researchers in these fields. . Students will also spend time outside of class for study and research.  AP Psychology will be lecture based, with various activities interwoven. Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    222   ECONOMICS

    Grade level: 12   Term: One Semester(1 credit)

    Economics examines the allocation of resources and their uses for satisfying human needs and wants. The course analyzes economic reasoning and behaviors of consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, institutions, governments, and societies in making decisions. Students explain that because resources are limited, people must make choices and understand the role that supply, demand, prices, and profits play in a market economy. Key elements of the course include the study of scarcity and economic reasoning; supply and demand; market structures; the role of government; national economic performance; the role of financial institutions; economic stabilization; and trade. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for Core 40 and the Academic Honors diploma.

    223H MACROECONOMICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    Grade Level: 12  Term:  One Semester (1 credit)

    This college level course gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use economic models to analyze , describe, formulate and explain economic concepts.  Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for Economics, Core 40, and the Academic Honors diploma.

    224H MICROECONOMICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

    This college level course gives students a thorough understanding of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers within the larger economy. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.  Students learn to use charts, graphs, and data to analyze, describe and explain economic concepts. Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for Economics, Core 40, and the Academic Honors diploma.

    227   UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

    Grade level: 12 Term:  One Semester (1 credit)

    This required class focuses on the purposes, principles, and practices of government at the national level.  It looks at the reasons why our government was established and what the rights and responsibilities of U. S. citizens are. The roles of the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court are examined.  This class is important in helping students appreciate the impact government will have throughout their lives. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for all diplomas.

    228H UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS,  ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    Grade Level: 12  Term: one Semester (1 credit)

    This college level course is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  Based on the AP Course Description, students who complete the course will

    • know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics.
    • understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences .
    • be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats).
    • be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum.

    Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.  This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for all diplomas.

    229 THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF ROCK ‘n ROLL Grade Level: 11 - 12  
     
     Term: One Semester (1 credit)

    Topics In History provides students the opportunity to study specific historical eras, events, or concepts. Development of historical research skills using primary and secondary sources is emphasized. The course focuses on one or more topics or themes related to United States or world history. Examples of topics might include: (1) twentieth-century conflict, (2) the American West, (3) the history of the United States Constitution, and (4) democracy in history.

    231 CURRENT EVENTS  
                                                     
     
    Grade Level:  9 - 12 Term:  One Semester (1 credit)

    Current Problems, Issues, and Events gives students the opportunity to apply investigative and inquiry techniques to the study of significant problems or issues. Students develop competence in (1) recognizing cause and effect relationships, (2) recognizing fallacies in reasoning and propaganda devices, (3) synthesizing knowledge into useful patterns, (4) stating and testing hypotheses, and (5) generalizing based on evidence. Problems or issues selected will have contemporary historical significance and will be studies from the viewpoint of the social science disciplines. Community service programs and internships within the community may be included.

    233 WORLD HISTORY MODERN AP                                                
    Grade Level:  10 - 12 Term:  All Year (2 credit)

    Advanced Placement World History Modern is a challenging full year course that is structured around the investigation of selected themes woven into key concepts covering distinct chronological periods.  AP World History Modern is equivalent to an introductory modern history college survey course. The course has a three-fold purpose. First, it is designed to prepare students for successful placement into higher level college and university history courses.  Second, it is designed to develop skills of analysis and thinking in order to prepare students for success in the twenty-first century. Finally, it is the intent of this class to make the learning of world history an enjoyable experience. Students should be able to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.