Social Science Department

GEOGRAPHY / CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
SGS120-SGS121

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9
Grade Restrictions: 9th – 12th Grades

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This is a one year long social science course designed for 9th grade students. As an interdisciplinary introduction to social science, the course provides the foundation for the later study of World and United States History, Economics, and United States Government. This course also blends in contemporary global issues into every unit of study. This course will introduce and develop skills that will be needed in subsequent social studies classes, such as mapping, analyzing social change over time and comparing and contrasting diverse cultures. Additionally, students will receive a 6 week unit addressing the rigors of high school at the beginning of the school year.

WORLD HISTORY
SJS100-SJS101

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 10
Grade Level Restrictions: 10th – 12th Grades

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
Emphasizing the study of European culture related to its influence on the political, cultural, and intellectual development of the United States. World History provides sophomore students with a general understanding of civilizations and cultures world-wide. Students are expected to read and provide written response to text material at a level consistent with students planning on attending four-year College or University.

AP WORLD HISTORY
SJS140-SJS141

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 10
Grade Level Restrictions: 10th grade only

Prerequisites: CST – Proficient / Pass English 9 & Geography with “B” or better / summer reading and assignments completed / Teacher Recommendation
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interactions with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The student must be able to handle a significant amount of outside reading. Sophomores will be given priority, open also to junior and senior students as Social Study Elective for AP Test Credit.

U.S. HISTORY
SHS201-SHS202

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11
Grade Level Restrictions: 11th grade only

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This course will explore the major turning points of the twentieth century will be the primary focus. But other content will include a review of concepts explored in earlier social studies courses. By analyzing the Enlightenment we will see what sort of impact the philosophers of this era had on American democratic ideals and begin exploring the contradictions within our nation’s ideas of freedom in the new country. From there we will connect your study of industrialization on a global scale, subjects learned in your 10th grade class with the impact industrialization had on the American landscape and culture. America’s growth from a largely isolationist country to the world’s sole superpower will also be explored alongside the incredible costs our country sustained for holding this role. Additionally, we will investigate how the government’s role in supporting the poor and ensuring equality has changed over time.

HONORS U.S. HISTORY
SHS303/SHS304

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11
Grade Level Restrictions: 11th grade only

Prerequisites: CST – Proficient / Pass English 10 & World History with “B” or better / Pass Advanced English 10 & AP World with “C” or better / Teacher Recommendation
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This course uses a thematic unit approach that attempts to combine present and past. Supplemental readings are an integral part of this course and are designed to enhance the historical framework offered by the text. Each unit poses a major question and several objectives for students to reach. Students are introduced to the most recent books on the subjects at hand and expected to analyze and synthesize multiple perspective on historical events. In addition to primary sources, students will use art, film and music to examine perceptions of American history. This course will emphasize the writing process and assist students in developing higher level written and verbal discourse.

AP U.S. HISTORY
SHS400-SHS401

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11
Grade Level Restrictions: 11th grade only

Prerequisites: CST – Proficient / Pass English 10 & AP World History with “B” or better / Teacher Recommendation
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This course is designed as a survey of American history from the era of exploration to the present day. It is a rigorous two-semester course and is meant to fulfill the same requirement as a year of United States History at the college level. The amount of reading and writing in this class is intense, and students must be prepared to spend five hours or more a week on homework. Students will learn to balance a massive amount of factual information with critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Using a variety of tools essential to historians, the students will develop the essential skills of interpretation and evaluation to view single events from multiple perspectives, and present their own arguments based on their interpretation.

U.S. GOVERNMENT
SGS210 (Take w/ SXF203 MODERN ECONOMICS)

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
5 Credits
Grade Level: 12
Grade Level Restrictions: 12th grade only

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This is a single semester course that provides students with a general working knowledge of federal, state, and local government. Students learn about our Constitution and Bill of Rights as “living” documents and study/analyze changing interpretations as they exist throughout our history. Course includes current events in our three branches of government and provides opportunity for students to compare and contrast systems of government worldwide.

MODERN ECONOMICS
SXF203 – Take with U.S. Government
SXS203 Take with AP U.S. Government

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
5 Credits
Grade Level: 12
Grade Level Restrictions: 12th grade only

Prerequisites: None
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This course provides a general introduction to the concepts of individual/firm (micro) and concepts that relate to the economy as a whole (macro) economics as well as international economic issues. Students will learn basic terminology and analytical tools relating to economy and will have an opportunity to conduct case studies. Consumer and personal economic decisions are covered as well. MODERN ECONOMICS may be paired with U.S. GOVERNMENT.

AP U.S. GOVERNMENT
SGF410 (Take w/ SXS203 MODERN ECONOMICS)

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
5 Credits
Grade Level: 12
Grade Level Restrictions: 12th grade only

Prerequisites: CST – Proficient / Pass English II & US History with “B” or better / Pass AP English Language and AP/Honors US History with a “C” or better / Teacher Recommendation
(Satisfies the Social Science Graduation Requirement and the UC/CSU Elective “a-g” requirements)
This semester course is a study of the basic beliefs and ideals which underlie American democracy; the historical roots; and how it’s legal, governmental, and economic institutions affect public policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. Special emphasis is given to preparing the student for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Test in American Government.