Social Studies

  Honors World History / World History is a course designed for students whose level of motivation and ability is above average. Students will improve their historical thinking skills in the following areas: chronological reasoning, comparison, and contextualization; and crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, historical interpretation, and synthesis. The course also develops students’ understanding of the following themes in world history: continuity and change over time, connections and conflict, geography, culture, society and identity, government, economics, and science and technology.

  Honors U.S. History / U.S. History provides an opportunity for students to understand a global community and country by analyzing different people, ideas, and movements that have shaped U.S. History from its infancy. The goal of this course is to take major events, people, and ideas and define their significance over time to modern day. This course will also follow the shaping of the United States in chronological order through major themes and eras. Major areas of focus in our course will include history, geography, economics, social systems, and political science.

  AP World History is organized around a limited number of key concepts instead of a perceived list of facts, events, and dates. The three to four key concepts per period define what is most essential to know about each period based upon the most current historical research in world history. This approach enables students to spend less time on factual recall, more time on learning essential concepts, and helps them develop historical thinking skills necessary to explore the broad trends and global processes involved in their study of AP World History.

  AP U.S. History develops key skills for our students to be successful in college and beyond. The course focuses on historical thinking skills of chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis. The course also looks at major historical issues and developments along with the broad trends and processes that have emerged over the centuries in what has become the United States. The major themes are: identity; work, exchange, and technology; peopling, politics, and power; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture.

  AP Human Geography introduces students to the spatial world around them and its influences on human behavior. The fundamental concepts of location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction will be studied, discussed, and applied to different peoples throughout our world. Focusing on these ideas will help students understand spatial interaction and behavior, use of the earth and its resources, political organization of space, human settlement patterns, globalization, and the growth of urbanization. The use of maps and the significance of mental maps will be emphasized. This course will provide students with a solid foundation for further inquiry into the social sciences, especially history, sociology, political science, and anthropology.

  AP European History addresses three major themes in modern European history. These themes are intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, and social and economic history. The course is divided into nine units with the themes interwoven throughout. The units include: Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History, 1350-1600; Economic and Political History, 1450-1648; Politics, 1648-1740; Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History, 1600-1789 and Political History, 1740-1789; The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815; The Industrial Revolution and The Age of Revolution and Reaction, 1815-1848; The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1848-1914; World War I, the Years Between the Wars, and World War II, 1914-1945 and Post War Europe, 1945-Present.

  AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of settings. The course aims to illustrate the diversity of political life and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes since the end of the Cold War. The intentional comparison of these diverse processes and events across the globe will help students to view the world and its people as deeply interconnected. Students will spend a significant amount of time studying the United States, the European Union, and the six designated AP countries: Mexico, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Russia, Iran, and China. The skills of analytical research, communication, and comparison through critical thinking will aid students in the future in a variety of academic and professional pursuits, including work in government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, and the social sciences.

  Global Issues is a course which gives students the opportunity to learn about issues of global significance, along with their root causes, while considering multiple perspectives. The course will examine issues such as the following: wealth and poverty; population; climate change; food and water; energy; the environment; technology; health; human rights; and globalization.

  Psychology – What do your dreams mean? Why do our thoughts and actions not align at all times? How different are men and women? Psychology tries to answer these questions and many others. This class will provide a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, ethics, communication, learning, memory, lying, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, and dreams. This class is recommended for students who constantly want to understand themselves and others around them more deeply.

  Economics is a field of study in social science that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in an economy. Economists look at how individuals, firms, institutions, and societies make decisions and how those decisions affect the economy. This course will follow a project-based curriculum. Each project is a complete unit of instruction centered around an engaging scenario that presents students with a problem that does not have a single “right answer.” In order to resolve the problem successfully, students realize they need to understand economics. Students will understand basic economic concepts and use cost-benefit analysis to weigh competing interests in real life problems.