Social Studies Course Descriptions

U.S. Government
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class is a study of national, state, and local governments. Students will study the foundations and influencing factors in American Government as well as study the differences with other types of government systems. This class will teach the students to be better citizens through participation in the democratic process. A large part of the class will focus on the U.S. Constitution and Missouri Constitution and how landmark court cases have affected the government of the United States.

Geography
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Study of regions of the world including: culture, and cultural transmission of the various regions. We will also be studying the interaction and in some cases interdependence of these regions. The five themes of geography will be studied as well as mapping skills. The influence of weather, climate, ocean currents, and plate tectonics will be looked at in order for the students to see what forces influence on the Earths surface.

American History
Unit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): 8th Grade Social Studies

This class reviews the birth of the American nation to its present problems, difficulties, and victories, from the first arrival of Europeans onto the shores of North America to the battlefields of the War Between the States. The students will understand America’s policy of isolationism and how that changed when the world looked to us for help during the great world wars. The class will explore the struggles for freedom by minorities and women as well as the individuals in our history that made a difference.

World History
Unit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class deals with world history from the earliest traces of man to the present day. We will study how religious, political, and economic changes in history have brought about changes in countries and kingdoms. We will use causal connections to link past points with the present, and discuss how the world might have been changed had certain events either never happened or happened in a different manner. We will discuss how links to the past affect us today.

Psychology/Sociology
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class will cover psychology for the first nine weeks and sociology for the second nine weeks. In the psychology portion of the class students will study the differences in the most prominent schools of psychology. They will also study how people learn and why some act the way they do through conditioning and reinforcement. In sociology we will focus on what culture is and how it has changed throughout American history. They will also learn about theories of conformity and deviance in society and why some groups act the way they do.

Economics
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This is an introductory course in economics. Students will study economic principles and economic systems as they relate to global and national issues. We will examine changing economic trends throughout history and how these trends affect the culture of a particular region. Learning how to set short term and long term financial goals will also be introduced in this class.

Contemporary Issues
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class will follow current news items and trends. Students will examine and discuss some issues which face their generation as well as those in the future. All issues which are relevant to students will be open for discussion. The primary text will be the newspaper and magazines.

Minority Groups
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class deals with various minority groups in America: African – Americans, American Hispanics, Asian Americans, as well as the American Indian are explored through their historical as well as present status. We will study problems and issues which face minority groups in the United States and how minorities have affected and changed American culture. Civil rights and equality are discussed throughout the class.

History Through Hollywood
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class will use various movies through traditional and non-traditional Hollywood venues. The material covered in this class will be primarily from two time periods; early middle-ages European history and early American history. Students will watch movies from the time period and take notes while they watch. A brief lesson on the true events of the time period will follow the movie, and students will write a one-page report on the historical accuracy of the movie to illustrate the washed image of history that Hollywood tends to portray.

You and the Law
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class will cover laws that have and may affect a person throughout a lifetime. We will make careful insights into the direct and indirect effect that our decision can have on our lives. We will pay careful attention to traffic laws, labor laws, personal property laws, and child welfare laws, as these are topics that can potentially affect us on a more personal level. Students will be asked to make evaluations of pertinent cases based on past precedence and common knowledge for overall score evaluation.