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Social Science Courses

WORLD HISTORY (World History)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requirement**

Open to Grade: 10

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. Students will trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.


WORLD HISTORY HONORS (World History Honors)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requirement (Replaces World History)**

Open to Grade: 10

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Students in this course study major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars.

They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. This course is an online blended course which means students complete coursework both on their own and in group settings. Students are required to meet as a whole class once every three weeks to fulfill attendance and participation requirements. All other coursework will be completed online. This is an honors course. Students will engage in project-based learning to master concepts necessary for successful course completion. A great degree of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication is needed. Students will work at an accelerated pace, be held to a higher standard, and explore concepts in depth.

US HISTORY (U.S. History)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requirement**

Open to grade: 11

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations.


US HISTORY AP (U.S. History AP)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requirement (Replaces US History)**

Open to grade: 11

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials- their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance- and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.


CIVICS (Civics)

1 semester (5 credits) This is a semester class to be preceded or followed by Economics

**Graduation requirement**

Open to Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state, and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.


US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS AP (Government and Politics United States AP)

1 semester (5 credits) This is a semester class to be preceded or followed by Economics

**Graduation requirement (Replaces Civics)**

Open to Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

AP US Government and Politics is a college level course that provides students an opportunity to earn college credit through an AP exam. The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The goals of this course are for students to understand and comprehend important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to our countries democratic political system.  Students will be able to understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences.  Students will also be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government.  Students should be able to use such data to understand the changes in spending, voting behaviors, interest groups, roles in government, social programs & economic policymaking in our country’s history. The course covers Constitutional Underpinnings, Separation of Powers, Federalism, Political Beliefs, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Mass Media, Branches of Government, Public Policy, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and other topics in line with the A.P. Test.  The course will also require readings from sources other than the textbook (these will be provided to the students). There will also be many court cases covered in this class.  This course will also include some sort of individual and/or class community service project.


ECONOMICS (Economics)

1 semester (5 credits) This is a semester class to be preceded or followed by Civics

**Graduation requirement**

Open to Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

In addition to studying and understand the United States system of Government in grade twelve, students will also develop a thorough understanding of the principles of economics.  Students will understand fundamental economic concepts, the principals of micro- and macro-economics, as well as economic applications to both consumers and producers within the economic system.  There will be a study of the nature and functions of product markets, the role of government policy in the economy, national income and price-level determination, the concepts of supply and demand, inflation, and debt.  These economic principals will be interpreted in both the public and private sector.  Many of these concepts will be studied in a historical context.


HONORS ECONOMICS (Honors Economics)

1 semester (5 credits) This is a semester class to be preceded or followed by Civics

**Graduation requirement (Replaces Economics)**

Open to Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

The major emphasis of this course is upon studying the basic principles of economics to help students understand the “demand” economic system within which they live, and to learn to analyze, objectively, the wide range of problems that confront their society.  The course briefly contrasts other systems, such as “command” economics, with the United States economic system.  The course also identifies the growing problem caused by unlimited demands on limited natural resources and by socioeconomic desires for a balanced ecology on the one hand and an increased standard of living on the other.  Appreciation is developed for the fact that sound economic growth results only from increased productivity, and for the necessary role of investment capital as the seed for future growth in either a “command” or a ‘demand” market system. The course enables pupils to gain better understanding of how and why the United States economic system works, how they can help it to serve them better