Social Studies

AP Human Geography

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

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.

Holocaust Studies

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

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.

Law

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

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.

Contemporary American History

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

This course will be an in depth study on American history from 1945 to the present. Through the use of feature films, documentaries and primary sources students will analyze a changing America.

World Issues

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

World Issues introduces students to various issues facing the world today. Students will explore global economic systems, human rights, world health, environmental issues, and the role of the United States and the United Nations in a changing world. Students will evaluate the issues and propose solutions from a variety of perspectives.

Sociology

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

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.

Psychology

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

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.

Geography

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

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.

American History

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

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.

American Government

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government. Topics include the constitutional framework; federalism; the three branches of government, including the bureaucracy; civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy formation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system. Basic concepts of state and local government and their relationships with the federal government are also examined.

AP US History

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

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.

AP US Government & Politics

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

The course will analyze the theory and practice of the American political and governmental systems, concentrating on the tensions and pressures which are shaping the future course of these systems. Also included is a broad history of American foreign policy and a study of the three major economic systems of this century.

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