SOCIAL STUDIES

3 CREDITS REQUIRED

U. S. HISTORY A & B (REQUIRED) GRADES 9 - 10 1 CREDIT
This course reviews the significance of key events in American History from 1890 to the present. The focus is on the cause and effects of these events and the contributions of historical figures associated with the 20th century. Major emphasis will be placed on the U.S. emergence as a world power, the Progressive Era, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary U.S. and its problems. Geography will be embedded throughout the course. 2 Trimesters

WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE A & B (REQUIRED) GRADE 10 1 CREDIT
This is a general cultural geography course. Students will use the five themes of geography to explore a variety of world regions. They will investigate history, cultures, current events, and other world processes. As a class, the course serves as an introduction to global issues which are incorporated in later social studies courses. 2 Trimesters

GLOBAL ISSUES GRADES 10 - 12 .5 CREDIT
This class involves students in a comparative investigation of current world topics. Students will explore a variety of issues, such as, human rights, character development, conflict resolution, international relations, the environment and the movement toward democracy.

PSYCHOLOGY GRADES 10 - 12 .5 CREDIT
This course is for students interested in human behavior and who want to explore the answer to the question: Why do people behave in certain ways and do the things they do? Specific units covered are the history of psychology, learning, stress, life adjustments, human growth and development, mental illness, personality theory, and psychological therapy. Activities include lab experiments, analysis of character traits, relaxation exercises and listening to guest speakers. Activities will enhance personal understanding and prepare students for close personal relationships, parenthood, working with others, and basic life adjustments.

SOCIOLOGY GRADES 10 – 12 .5 CREDIT
Sociology is the study of people in groups and group behavior. After gaining basic information and terminology, the class studies different aspects of society such as population, social change, cultural diversity, socialization, social institutions, and racial and ethnic diversity. The remainder of the course concentrates on the study of the future of society.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (REQUIRED) GRADES 11 .5 CREDIT
** Strongly Suggested Prerequisite: U. S. History Recommended for grade 11
This civics course focuses on understanding the purpose of government, how it works, and our rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Specific topics include: principals of government; the origin of the American government; the Constitution; Amendments, concentrating on the Bill of Rights; federalism; the three branches of government; checks and balances; political parties; voting behavior; local government and the duties of citizenship. A community service component is required.

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ECONOMICS (REQUIRED) GRADES 11 .5 CREDIT
**Strongly Suggested Prerequisite: U. S. History Recommended for grade 11
Through the study of economics, students will gain insight into the basic principles of how our economy works and is related to the global economy. They will learn how individuals, businesses and governments must answer the questions of how to use limited resources to fulfill unlimited wants. Specific topics include: scarcity; opportunity costs; supply and demand; role of consumers and producers; comparison of different economic systems in the world; entrepreneurial risks; conservation; government’s role in the economy; our relationship in the global economy; and how to make wise economic choices.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) U. S. HISTORY GRADES 11-12 1 CREDIT
**Prerequisite: A 3.0 in U. S. History
AP U.S. History analyzes and explores the economic, political, and social changes in America from 1492 until the present. Students will learn how decisions and events of the past continue to have profound effects on the present and how knowledge of the causes behind past events can influence future decisions. This course is designed to emphasize critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography (writing of history). The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. History will prepare students for the AP Exam which will be taken in May. Students who do well on this exam will earn college credit and advanced placement at most colleges and universities.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS GRADES 11 – 12 1 CREDIT
This course satisfies the Government requirement
**Prerequisite: A 3.0 in U. S. History and permission from the instructor.
AP U. S. Government and Politics will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the operation of American national government. To accomplish this, students develop analytic perspectives for interpreting, understanding, and explaining political institutions, events, and practices in this country. Students will also be able to compare and contrast those aspects of American government with other areas of the world. The successful completion of this course could result in college credit through the Advanced Placement testing program.

WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS (A GLEN OAKS DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASS) GRADE 12 .5 CREDIT
This course defines the basic political, economic, and social trends influencing western cultural development including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Roman Republic and Empire, the Christian Era (c. 1000-1500), the Reformation, and the Wars of Religions. Instruction employs critical analysis of significant historical eras and societies effecting western civilization. Students earn 1 Glen Oaks credit as well as .5 Sturgis High School credit.

Last Modified on April 25, 2007