SOCIAL STUDIES



WORLD HISTORY
Grade 9
One Half Credit/Semester Course

World History offers students a chronological account of the major civilizations and their development throughout the history of the world, with a specific emphasis on Western Civilization. Through lecture, class discussion, work in groups, student presentation, writing opportunities, and minor projects, students are led to an understanding of the development of the world in which they live and by studying the history, government, economy, and societies of various civilizations and the geographic factors and political movements which affected them. Students will be asked to think critically, using appropriate social studies skills and terminology. As such, considerable time will be devoted in each unit to the development of an understanding of terminology, standard social studies skills and accepted methodology for the critical study of history.

AMERICAN HISTORY
Grade 10
One Credit/Full Year Course

In every generation, Americans have encountered and solved problems besetting the nation. Today, we must contend with both domestic and foreign problems of great urgency. We must determine our national goals and the appropriate means for moving toward them. Americans can gain perspective and guidance for this task through an understanding of our past and our national heritage. This course prepares students to live in a multi-cultural, pluralistic society. It includes global education related to American foreign policy. It focuses on the topics of the Emergence of Modern America in the Industrial Revolution, the New Horizons of Imperialism, the Progressive Movement, World War I, the Roosevelt Years and World War II, the Cold War, and recent Presidential Administrations. Current events are an integral part of this course, relating past and present movements in history. Political and economic institutions, urbanization, labor, social and cultural fields of history are studied.

GEOGRAPHY
Grade 9
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Each of us shares the world with five billion other people living in various world culture regions on our planet. With the increased mobility of today’s societies, advanced levels of communication, and political inter-relationships throughout the world, a need for geographic knowledge is essential to make intelligent decisions and choices concerning our lives. Throughout this course the student will develop a basic understanding of the skills and concepts and tools of geography. Geographical history, regional descriptions and geographic problems of current concern will be analyzed and discussed throughout this course.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Grade 11 and 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course

In 1787 the United States Government was organized into the kind of system we have today. That system was explained in a document called the Constitution. The preamble begins with the words “We the people…” It ends with “establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” All of its power comes from the people. The people must have at least a basic understanding of the workings of that government and of its elective process. Rights and responsibilities under our city, state and federal systems are taught, Americanism and Government tests are administered to ‘these students.

HONORS GOVERNMENT
Grades 11, 12
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 3.2 cumulative GPA and/or taking weighted courses as well as Teacher recommendation

This government honors course will examine the relationship between governmental structure and economic principles in the United States. The primary focus of the course will be an extensive study of the philosophical foundations and evolution of the Constitution and the American democracy. In addition to the study of American Government, the course will examine how the government regulates and promotes economic growth and stability in a free market economy while making comparisons with other economic systems.

YOUTH AND LAW
Grades 11, 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 85% in American History

Youth and Law is a course that attempts to give the students the basic tools for understanding our legal system. The class covers four major areas: Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities, Crimes and the Criminal Justice Process, differences between Criminal and Civil law, prisons and prison alternatives, case studies, group discussions, guest speakers and a field trip to the county courthouse are some of the class activities.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD ISSUES
Grades 11, 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Contemporary issues is devoted to studying the historical origins and development of domestic and foreign political and social problems that confront contemporary humanity. Possibilities include regional studies (ex. AIDS in Africa or the state of affairs in the Middle East), as well as issues of global concern such as North South relations environmental issues, the war on terror, world poverty, sustainable development, and global economic development. Specific topics to explore will be developed in conjunction with the students according to their interests and needs.

FINANCE AND ECONOMICS
Grades 11, 12
One-Half Credit/Semester Course

Finance and Economics is a course designed to help students apply valuable skills in money management, credit management and retirement planning. This course gives students an understanding of the terms scarcity, marginal cost, market price trade and competition as well as how people make choices about ways to use limited resources. Financial decisions are impacted by studying micro-economics (decision making by small firms and individuals) and macro-economics (decision making by the government).
Financial success begins with good career planning, goal setting, and an understanding of the income sources and taxes. Students will explore methods of getting more for their money and the basics of good financial planning using the banking system, intertwined with savings and investing.