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Social Studies


Graduation Requirements: 30 Credits

1. 9th Grade: World History or Honors World History (10 Credits)
2. 11th Grade: U.S. History or A.P. U.S. History (10 Credits)
3. 12th Grade: Civics (5 Credits) and one Selective (5 Credits) or A.P. Government (10 Credits)

*Please note:
The abbreviations P, H and AP are all UC/CSU approved courses
P = UC/CSU approved; H = Honors
AP = Advanced Placement


 

Courses

Civics - P

Civics - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H430
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

This course is designed to introduce students to American government and politics, through examination of the nature of the American political system, its historical development, and its contemporary practice. The course examines the processes and institutions through which the political system functions and the public policies that these institutions initiate and develop.

Psychology - P

Psychology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H422
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS & CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th and12th grade

This introductory course acquaints students with the discipline of Psychology by emphasizing the various theoretical approaches that underlie explanations of behavior and thought processes. Subject matter includes the history of Psychology as a science, the biology of behavior, an examination of dreams and consciousness, human development, personality analysis and social psychology.

Criminal Justice - P

Criminal Justice - P

REGISTRATION CODE: V110
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th-12th grade

This course introduces students to the field of criminal justice and surveys its three component parts: law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections. Students will become familiar with the structure and organization of the criminal justice system and look at today’s controversies and challanges. Students will examine the history of crime in America, the evolution of law enforcement at the local, state and federal level, how the court system works and the role of jails/prisons. Special units focus on crime scene investigation/forensics, police use of force, the role of the jury in adjudication and current issues (police brutality, stop & frisk, active shooter, etc.). Field trips may include visits to local law inforcement agencies, the county courthouse and Santa Rita jail. Emphasis is placed on citizens’ rights and responsibilites in police encounters and the positive relations of police and community.

World Geography - P

World Geography - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H421
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

World Geography is a course that invites students to explore fascinating places, people and things, and how they relate to each other. Maps, Videos, Virtual Tours, Google Earth, and the textbook will be used to better understand basic concepts as well as current trends in our ever constant but ever changing world. Emphasis in the class is on the earth’s physical features, weather and climate, ecosystems, population density, economic activies and resources. Major regions to be studied include North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific World, and the Middle East. Global warming, water scarcity, air pollution, invasive species, effects of earthquakes and volcanoes, comparing populations, and environmental conversation are among special features that will be topics for discussion.

World History (H)

World History (H)

REGISTRATION CODE: H203
STATUS: UC/CSU. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation and entrance examination scores. LEVEL: 9th grade

The course begins with an overview of unresolved problems in the modern world to help students formulate questions about the effects of the past on the present. The course proceeds with an introduction to civilization and explores the major themes which contributed to political and cultural development. It includes the expansion of the West and the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world. This course emphasizes critical thinking through reading, research and essay writing.

AP United States History

AP United States History

REGISTRATION CODE: H701
STATUS: UC/CSU. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES:
(1) Completed Hon/AP Application
(2) B- in Hon World History courses and/or an A- in regular Social Studies courses (3) B- in Hon English courses or an A- in regular English courses
(4) Department and Academic Advisor approval required
LEVEL: 11th grade

The course is a general survey of United States History. According to the College Board: The Advanced Placement 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. The materials, the pace of the course, and the teaching methodologies are designed to resemble as closely as possible a freshman history course offered at the college level. Students and parents should be aware of the additional work load that accompanies this class. At the end of the course, students will be expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.

United States History - P

United States History - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H301
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th grade

Following a review of the nation's beginnings, US History covers events from the 1800's to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Varying methods of presenting historical material include lectures, discussion, films, reading, homework and tests. Group activities such as debates, oral presentations, projects and simulations allow students to work with important ideas in U.S. History. Reading, writing, oral, communication and critical thinking skills are developed through the analysis of both primary and secondary sources. Students will be required to complete a research paper in the second semester. 

Note: students taking this course at CHS will complete a year-long research project.

AP US Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government and Politics

REGISTRATION CODE: H831
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS & CHS

PREREQUISITES:
(1) Completed Hon/AP Application
(2) B- in AP U.S. History for both semesters or an A- in U.S. History for both semesters.
(3) B- in AP English Language and Composition for both semesters or an A- in English 3 for both semesters.
(4) Department and Academic Advisor approval required
LEVEL: 12th grade

 Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project.  Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this course.   Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course.

 

 

 

World History - P

World History - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H202
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10 CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th grade

The course begins with an overview of unresolved problems in the modern world to help students formulate questions about the effects of the past on the present. The course proceeds with an introduction to civilization and explores the major themes which contributed to political and cultural development. It includes the expansion of the West and the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world. Several new methodologies are introduced in this course based on a more global approach to history.

AP Psychology

AP Psychology

REGISTRATION CODE: H822
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS & CHS
PREREQUISITES: (1) Completed Hon/AP Application (2) B- in Hon/AP Social Studies courses and/or an A- in regular Social Studies courses (3) B- in Hon/AP English courses and/or an A- in regular English courses (3) Department Approval required
LEVEL:11th & 12th grade

The Advanced Placement course in Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals within a context. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within Psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this class. At the end of the course, students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.

History of the Sixties - P

History of the Sixties - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H404
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of US History LEVEL: 12th grade

This course is designed to delve deeper into the turbulent history of the 1960s by focusing on the political, social and cultural changes that took place during this pivotal decade in American history. A thematic approach will be used in this course to address such issues as the Civil Rights movement, student and minority activism, the Vietnam War, popular culture, significant Supreme Court cases, popular politics and the counterculture. Primary sources will provide a basis for class discussion and an emphasis will be made on critical and analytical thinking. Students will be expected to write several personal response papers and one research paper.

Economics - P

Economics - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H431
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

Economics is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, concepts, and problems of the United States economy. The course emphasizes not only a basic competence of the vocabulary, the understanding of supply and demand and international trade, but also an understanding of United States economic policies in relation to the global economy.

AP Macroeconomics - P

AP Macroeconomics

REGISTRATION CODE: H435
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: (1) Completed Hon/AP Application  (2) Completion of US History with an A- or better each semester or completion of AP US History with a B- or better each semester (3) Department Approval required
LEVEL: 12th grade

AP Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.  The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also promotes an understanding of economic performance measure, economic growth, and international economics.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations - P

REGISTRATION CODE: H445
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of Social Studies classes with a “B-”
LEVEL: 10th, 11th and 12th grade

This course is designed to introduce students to international relations and will help them develop the research, leadership, and communication skills necessary to become successful delegates to any Model United Nations conference, and to become active and responsible global citizens. These conferences are simulations of the actual United Nations where students take on the role as ambassadors of member countries to solve global problems and crises. Preparation to become a successful delegate will include research, writing and defending their positions on various global issues confronting today’s international community. Group leadership and negotiation skills will be developed through simulations, debate, and project-based learning.

Note: This course does not fulfill the 10 credits required in the Senior year in Social Studies