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Courses

Modern World History (Year-long course)

This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. One credit

American History (Year-long course)

This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. One Credit

AP Human Geography (Year-long course)

AP Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture, and urban geography. Emphasis is placed on geographic models and their applications. Case studies from around the globe are compared to the situation in both the United States and locally. One Credit

AP United States History (Year-long course)

The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic 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 on 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. This course is designed to help students 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 essay format. Students in the HP level may take this course. Students in the ACP level may take this course only with recommendation of their sophomore social studies or English teacher and a minimum average of 90% in those classes. Students enrolled in the course may seek college credit by taking the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. exam and/or participating in and fulfilling the requirements of Xavier University's Collegium Program. One Credit

World Geography (Year-long course)

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the interaction of man and his environment. The study includes current developments around the world, which affect physical and cultural settings. Emphasis is placed on geographical processes, which affect decisions concerning interrelationships among nations, production and distribution of goods, uses and abuses of resources and political and economic conditions. One Credit

Psychology (Semester course)

Introduction to Psychology is an introduction to the science of behavior and mental life. We will discuss the biological, social, and cultural influences on behavior. Psychology seeks to answer all kinds of questions. We will explore what questions have been asked, how questions should be formulated, how psychologists have attempted to find answers, and what different responses have been proposed. We will take a topical approach, exploring different theories and evidence regarding human behavior, but throughout the course we will emphasize common themes that tie the field of psychology together and make it an academic discipline. One-half Credit

Sociology (Semester course)

Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course will introduce the "sociological perspective" as a tool for understanding the connections between the individual's everyday life and larger-scale processes and structures within society. We will focus particularly on various explanations for social inequality in the U.S. and empirical research about such inequality. Specifically, we will examine how social class, race-ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc., shape our lives and our social institutions.

What you should expect to get out of this course is a critical perspective on social life. You should be prepared to grapple with some issues you've never thought about before (or at least have never thought about sociologically before); be prepared to deal with value judgments, slippery concepts, and some ambiguity. One-half Credit

History of Cincinnati (Semester course)

The history of the city of Cincinnati mirrors that of the entire nation. In the course of the semester we will follow the fascinating development of our city from its pre-Columbian days to the mid-1900's and reflect on how this development serves as a microcosm for the events, issues, and movements which shaped our nation's history. One-half Credit

History of Civil War (Semester course)

The Civil War was a defining moment in the American story - we will study the roots of this conflict in the establishment of institutional slavery, the events leading up to the war, the events and great personalities of the war itself, the experiences of the common soldiers on both sides, and the legacy of the war in American society. One-half Credit

Holocaust Studies (Semester Course)

The one semester course, Holocaust Studies, assists students in developing an understanding of the causes to and ramifications of a watershed event in human history. Through the use of primary source readings and films and the employment of internet research students will appreciate the dangers of remaining silent, apathetic and indifferent in the face of other’s oppression. In this course students will be afforded the opportunity to attend various workshops and presentations by survivors and experts in the field of Holocaust history. One-half Credit

Law (Semester Course)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the many aspects of the American legal system. It is designed as an introduction to terminology, theory and methodology of the legal profession. Through this students will explore the Local, State and Federal Court systems as a viable entity of judicial equity, as well as the history surrounding these systems. Through the duration of the course students will also gain a better understanding the Constitution, and the importance of the Constitution on the history of the United States. Students will explore the Supreme Court decisions that have set precedents and explore the ideology behind those opinions submitted by justices. One-half credit

History Goes to the Movies (Semester course)

History Goes to the Movies is a one semester elective course. Students taking the course will watch movies and study the periods, people and events depicted in those films in an attempt to get a better understanding of the period, the event. Or people depicted. In this way students will develop and use important skills like interpreting point of view and perspective, identifying bias and propaganda, and inferring meaning and theme. One-half Credit

Western Civilization (Semester Course)

The purpose of this course is to give the student a comprehensive view of the origins and foundations of Western Civilization. Since this is a comprehensive survey course, it will deal with religious, cultural, scientific and intellectual developments and characteristics as well as socio-economic and political ones. Some consideration will be given to European and Near East geography. One-half Credit

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