Social Studies Course Descriptions

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United States History I
This course is developed around the major topics beginning in Colonial America through the Reconstruction Era. Topics that are covered include: the causes of the American Revolution, the framing of the United States Constitution, the formation of a working democratic-republic, expansion across the United States, and the causes, events, and effects of the American Civil War. Students in U.S. History I are taught to think like historians and investigate the past while being introduced to literacy skills in relation to history.
United States History II
This course is developed around the major topics from the period of Industrialization in the late 19th Century up to Modern Day America. Topics that are covered also include: the Progressive Era, U.S. Imperialism, World War I, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and post-September 11th. In connection to these topics, students in U.S. History II are taught literacy skills to enhance their reading and writing, and build off of what they learned the previous year.
Honors U.S. History I & II
U.S. History I and II courses also have an honors program. The Honors classes follow the same general pattern as the standard U.S. History course. However, the pace and rigor is higher in the Honors class. Students will may be expected to do outside reading of historical fiction each trimester. Additionally, Honors students will have higher expectations on assessments; for example, in a research paper students may be required to find additional sources and provide greater analysis of the evidence. These are fast-paced courses with high expectations in reading and writing. To be successful at the Honors level, students need to be willing and able to put in the work both inside and outside of the classroom.
Modern World History
The Modern World History course requires students to independently and collaboratively examine the economic and political roots of the modern world, the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. Students will also learn about the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the 20th century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Finally, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world.
The Psychology course is designed to offer students a basic understanding of human behavior. The course will provide students with a foundation in the basic theories and principles of psychology. Traditional topics such as personality, learning, abnormal behavior, social behavior, and the issue of insanity are offered for discussion. Contemporary subjects such as child development, sexuality, ageism, and adolescents search for identity, self-realization, consciousness, and parapsychology are also discussed. Practical topics such as tolerance, diversity, and skills for coping with the problems of daily life, are also discussed. No single theory dominates the course; Freud receives respectful attention, as does the Neo-Freudian, Behaviorist, Humanist, and Existential schools of thought.