Social Studies Course Catalog
Geography 1-2 (6538, 6539)
This course introduces students to the physical and cultural geography of North America, Eastern Europe, North Africa, East Asia, and the independent states of the former Soviet Union. This course allows students to acquire study skills, while providing them with the background necessary to assimilate the content of social studies courses.
World History & Geography (6605, 6606)
College Preparatory Course (P) The course examines the following stands: history, geography, economics, culture, and ethics. The course emphasizes national identity, constitutional heritage, and citizenship. It exercises varied study, visual, map/ globe, and critical-thinking skills. World history from the late 1700s to the present is explored.
Advanced World History 1, 2 (6645, 6646)
College Preparatory Course (P). This course provides an in-depth study of world history from the rise of democratic ideas to the contemporary world. Students develop advanced skills in analyzing historical, cultural, social, economic, and geographical issues in a global context. Students explore connections between local, national, and global issues. The course culminates with a critical examination of the problems of the modern world.
Advanced World History 1, 2 Seminar (6645S, 6646S)
Prerequisite: Identified seminar students only (as determined by district GATE tests and guidelines) may participate in the seminar program. College Preparatory Course (P). This is a college-level course designed to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in World history. It offers an approach that lets students "do history" by guiding them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide. The course offers balance global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe all represented.
US History & Geography 1, 2 (6701, 6702)
College Preparatory Course (P). In the course students examine major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. The course begins with a review of U.S. history with an emphasis on the nation's beginnings and the industrial transformation of the new nation. Study the Progressive Era, American participation in World War I and World War II, the Great Depression, and national issues in the post-World War II era.
History HL 1 IB 1, 2 (6723, 6724)
College Preparatory Course (P).This two-semester course supports the International Baccalaureate diploma or certificate program. This course forms the first half of a two-year course of study that prepares students to take the IB Higher Level (HL) history exam. This first year prepares students for the regional studies portion of the exam through an in-depth examination of the different political, economic, and social systems of the Americas.
College Preparatory Course (P). In Government 1 students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. This course focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the courts and governmental processes, the legislative and executive branches of government, state and local government, and comparative government.
College Preparatory Course (P). This one-semester course deepens students' understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and the world. Students learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues through the study of fundamental economic concepts, comparative economic systems, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics.
History of the Americas HL 2 IB 1, 2 (6647, 6648)
College Preparatory Course (P). This two-semester course supports the International Baccalaureate diploma or certificate program. This course forms the second half of a two-year course of study that prepares students to take the IB Higher Level (HL) history exam. The second year covers a selection of topics in 20th-century world history, examining issues from both international and U.S. perspectives, and develops analytical thinking on an abstract level. The integrated two-year curriculum satisfies the Group 3 (Study of Main in Society) requirement for the International Baccalaureate diploma.