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Full Social Studies Course List & Descriptions

Schools have the authority to offer College Prep courses where Honors weighted courses are currently listed in this online catalog.
Course offerings may vary per school. Please check with your school counselor regarding availability of course offerings and prerequisites.

Title: World Geography

Course Code: 331000CH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: Both physical and cultural geography are studied, giving special attention to the divergent political, social, religious and economic patterns of the multiple cultures which share the earth. Emphasis is placed on learning and the development of the five themes of geography: location, place, movement, human environment interaction and region. Students use source material, maps, charts, and video/computer materials to enhance their knowledge of the subject matter. Emphasis is on developing study skills. The primary focus will be on notebooks, worksheets, and map work.

Prerequisites: None

 

Title: World Geography H

Course Code: 331000HH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course is designed to have students analyze source materials and develop writing skills. Rigorous research based assignments and papers are required to help prepare students for future Honors and Advanced Placement social studies courses.

Prerequisites: None

 

Title: World History

Course Code: 336000CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: World History is a general survey of the development of major cultural and political areas of the nations of the world through 1650. Geography strands are woven into the curriculum as students discover the role of place and environment in the shaping of human destiny. Research, map reading, and chart making skills allow students to draw connections among world cultures and understand the close relationship of literature and history.

Prerequisites: None

 

Title: World History H

Course Code: 336000HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: World History is a general survey of the development of major cultural and political areas of the nations of the world through 1650. Geography strands are woven into the curriculum as students discover the role of place and environment in the shaping of human destiny. Research, map reading, and chart making skills allow students to draw connections among world cultures and understand the close relationship of literature and history.  This course is designed to have students analyze source materials and develop writing skills. Rigorous research based assignments and papers are required to help prepare students for future Honors and Advanced Placement social studies courses.

Prerequisites: None

Title:  Human Geography
Course Code: 337900CW
Unit: 1 Unit
Description: Students study Earth’s human geography beginning with the use of maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate geographic information. Students will examine patterns and processes of how human characteristics and activities vary across Earth’s surface and how humans understand, use, and alter the surface of Earth. Conceptual in nature rather than place specific, this course is organized systematically around the topics of population and migration geography, economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. Students will also learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human patterns and processes and their environmental consequences.
Prerequisites: None

Title: Human Geography H
Course Code: 337900AW
Unit: 1 Unit
Description:  Students study Earth’s human geography beginning with the use of maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate geographic information. Students will examine patterns and processes of how human characteristics and activities vary across Earth’s surface and how humans understand, use, and alter the surface of Earth. Conceptual in nature rather than place specific, this course is organized systematically around the topics of population and migration geography, economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. Students will also learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human patterns and processes and their environmental consequences. This course is designed to have students analyze source materials and develop writing skills. Rigorous research based assignments and papers are required to help prepare students for future Honors and Advanced Placement social studies courses.
Prerequisites: None

Title: Advanced Placement Human Geography (World)

Course Code: 337900AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students are introduced to geography through a topical approach that teaches how humans interact with, adapt to, and change their environment. Topics such as population, culture, migration, and political boundaries are discussed. Course work includes extensive reading and essay writing.

Prerequisites: None

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May.

 


Title: U. S. History and Constitution

Course Code: 332000CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course gives the students a survey study of the people, events, and institutions that help form our nation. Emphasis is given to the study of the Constitution of the US and its effects on the lives of Americans. This course will also give the student a practical study of the features and functions of economics and economic systems. Major emphasis is placed on the American System and its effect on people living in the United States from the colonial period up to the 21st Century.  The students will also be prepared to take the state end of course exam, by closely following the state standards for US History.

Prerequisites: None

                                                                      

Title: U. S. History and Constitution H   

Course Code: 332000HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a comprehensive look at the history of the United States from the age of exploration to the present. Emphasis is placed upon the revolutionary period, civil war and reconstruction era, gilded age, roaring twenties, depression, World War II, Cold War and the modern era into the 21st Century. The state standards for US History will be followed as the end of course exam will count for 20% of their final grade.

Prerequisites: See school counselor for honors criteria.

            

 

Title: Advanced Placement  U.S. History

Course Code: 337200AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: AP US History is a rigorous yet exciting college level survey of the triumphs and travails of the American experience. Part one concentrates on America’s colonial beginnings to the Civil War (1450-1865) while Part Two focuses on Reconstruction through the Reagan years (1877-1988). Students will be exposed to a variety of American voices from all backgrounds including Jefferson and Lincoln to more modern views from figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.

Prerequisites: None

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May. 
 

 

Title: IB History of Americas HL

Course Code: 336C00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: In its structure and breadth IB History of The Americas HL is an in-depth study of the major social, political economic, military and cultural developments that have shaped American Civilization. The coursework will provide for and enhance the reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for students to achieve success with a qualifying score on the IB History exams in May of their senior year. Each student will master the arts of analytical writing, document analysis and interpretation, historiography as well as examine historical issues in Socratic seminar. Each student will be required to read and critique several historical works outside of the standard course material. Students may take the AP US History exam.

Prerequisites:  See counselor for IB criteria

Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
 

 

Title: IB U. S. History (tied to EOCEP exam)

Course Code: 336D00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: In its structure and breadth IB History of The Americas HL is an in-depth study of the major social, political economic, military and cultural developments that have shaped American Civilization. The coursework will provide for and enhance the reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for students to achieve success with a qualifying score on the IB History exams in May of their senior year. Each student will master the arts of analytical writing, document analysis and interpretation, historiography as well as examine historical issues in Socratic seminar. Each student will be required to read and critique several historical works outside of the standard course material. Students may take the AP US History exam.  All students will be required to take the US History EOC in their senior year.

Prerequisites:  See counselor for IB criteria

Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

 


Title: US Government

Course Code: 333000CH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course provides students the opportunity to acquire an understanding of American Government and political behavior. Content will include an analysis of documents which shape our political traditions; a comparison of the roles of the three branches of government at the local, state, and national levels; an understanding of the evolving role of political parties and interest groups in determining government policy; how the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic state have evolved and been interpreted; and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process.

Prerequisites: None

                                                                                        

Title: U.S. Government H

Course Code: 333000HH

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course attempts to explain the character, organization and function of government at the national, state and local levels. It also focuses on the individual in society and his/her rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Government Honors is a course that will involve the student in the procedure of government through the study of the conduct of elections, the activities of political parties and general political functions.

Prerequisites: World History, World Geography

                                                                                     

Title: IB Psychology SL

Course Code: 334A00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in psychology, the major content areas of this course include: methods, approaches, and history; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; developmental psychology; personality; testing and individual differences; abnormal psychology; treatment of psychological disorders; and social psychology.

Prerequisites: See counselor for IB criteria

 

Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

 

 

Title: IB Psychology HL

Course Code: HL-1

Course Code: 334B00IW

Unit: unit 1

Course Code: HL-2 Course

Code: 334C00IW

Unit: Unit 1

Description: The equivalent of a two-semester introductory college course in psychology, the major content areas of this course include: methods, approaches, and history; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; developmental psychology; personality; testing and individual differences; abnormal psychology; treatment of psychological disorders; and social psychology. HL Psychology emphasizes cognitive, behavioral, biological and humanistic approaches with in-depth qualitative and quantitative research.

Prerequisites: See counselor for IB criteria

Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
 

 

Title: IB Theory of Knowledge I (.5 credit)

Course Code: 373A00HH

Title: IB Theory of Knowledge II  (.5 credit)

Course Code: 373B01HH

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This interdisciplinary course is the key element in the educational philosophy of the IB; its purpose is to stimulate critical reflection upon knowledge and experiences, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on critical examination of evidence and argument. It seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. This course is for IB diploma candidates only.

Prerequisites: See counselor for IB criteria

 

 

Title: Advanced Placement U.S. Government

Course Code: 337300AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will cover the study of the Constitution, the creation of public policy through political parties, Congress, the presidency and the federal courts. Emphasis will be on the accumulation of factual knowledge and the development of analytical skills to prepare students to interpret sources and write persuasive essays. This course includes extensive reading, writing and independent study.

Prerequisites: World History, World Geography

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May.
 

 

Title: Economics

Course Code: 335000CH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course includes a study of the ways society uses its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. Emphasis is placed on basic economic problems, the market system and structures, the roles of labor, business and financial institutions, the roles of the consumer and producer, international trade and the history of economic thought. There is also a focus on financial literacy to emphasize appropriate personal financial decisions.

Prerequisites: None

                                                                                           

Title: Economics H

Course Code: 335000HH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course is designed to give the student a practical study of features and functions of economics and economic systems. Major emphasis is placed on the American system and its effect on people living in the United States.  There is also a focus on financial literacy to emphasize appropriate personal financial decisions. Extra reading and homework will be given to enhance the students' learning experience.

Prerequisites: None

 

Title: Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

Course Code: 337400AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Advanced Placement Macroeconomics is a rigorous course designed to prepare students for the required AP examination administered through the College Board in May. Students analyze economic phenomena and predict what is likely to occur in the national and global economy. Extensive reading outside of class is required.

Prerequisites: AP U.S. History

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May.

 


Title: Advanced Placement World History

Course Code: 337700AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage.

Prerequisites: AP Human Geography or World History Honors and Teacher Recommendation

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May.
 

 

Title: Advanced Placement European History

Course Code: 337600AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: AP European History covers the history of Europe from the High Renaissance through present day Europe. The course places a heavy emphasis on writing and analytical skills. Students are tested on the cultural/intellectual, political/diplomatic and social/economic developments of Europe.

Prerequisites: World Geography

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May. Prerequisite: World Geography.
 

 

Title: Psychology

Course Code: .5 Unit - 334000CH, 1 Unit - 334000CW

Unit: .5 Unit or 1 Unit

Description: This course defines the science of psychology and describes its history and covers basic psychological concepts, principles, and theorists. This course covers the basic psychological concepts and principles. It emphasizes behavior relationships and the process of adjustment. It includes human values as well as physical factors that influence our everyday decisions in school and the community. Emphasis is also placed on the understanding of human relationships and individual processes of learning, development, and adjustment. Grade Level: 11th or 12th

Prerequisites: None

 

 

 

Title: Advanced Placement Psychology

Course Code: 437100AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will have numerous outside readigs to supplement the text and to add to their learning of psychology.

Prerequisites: See school counselor for AP criteria

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May.

 


Title: Sociology

Course Code: .5 Unit - 334500CH, 1 Unit - 334500CW

Unit: .5 Unit or 1 Unit

Description: This course is a survey of the field of sociology. The emphasis is on the dynamics of social behavior and the causation of social problems. This course includes an introduction to sociological research

Prerequisites: None

 

 

Title: Current Events / Foreign Policy

Course Code: 333700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Current Events provides basic background and foundational information to help students understand the world that we live in today. It will examine various social, political, economic, religious, and cultural events in different countries and regions in order to better comprehend multiple perspectives on the world today. There will be a major focus on studying current events (their origins and causes) and identifying solutions and predicting outcomes to those events.

Prerequisites: None


Title: Law Education

Course Code: 333600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description:  An introduction to personal and practical law. It is designed to help students understand how the law works in their lives, how the law strives to promote fairness, and how it applies to individual rights. 

Prerequisites: None

 

THESE ARE LOCAL BOARD APPROVED COURSES  AND ARE ELECTIVE CREDITS ONLY
 

Title: Criminal Justice

Course Code: 339901CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will explore the criminal justice system in the United States by examining real world situations that have either occurred in our country’s past, or present as modern day examples of the criminal justice system in action. Topics include criminal law, functions and operations of the police, criminal court system, and punishments. Students examine course content through a textbook, mock trial(s), documentary videos, and real life depictions through television series.

Prerequisites: None


Title: Debate

Course Code: 339902CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will introduce students to the basics of debating. Critical listening skills, strategies for presenting winning cases, argumentation skills, and other key debating techniques will be learned. Students will engage in formal and informal debate. Student Congress and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats will be the main emphasis.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Social Studies courses. Grade: 10, 11, 12

 

Title: Introduction to the American Legal System

Course Code: 339905CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course introduces civil and criminal justice procedures in the American legal system. Students will participate in mock trials, court hearings, case studies, video analysis, basic crime scene analysis, role-playing, discussion and debate. Students will also participate in Youth Court activities and training.

Prerequisites: Civics/ Cultural Geography or World History, Grade: 10, 11, 12

 

 

Title: World Religion

Course Code: 339907CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides students with an overview and understanding of the various religious cultures that have impacted the development of the modern world as well as those that continue to impact the world today. The objective of this course is to deepen students’ appreciation and understanding of multiple world religions.

Prerequisites: None

 

 

 

Title: Youth in Government

Course Code: 339908CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to various governmental processes through debate techniques, emphasizing citizenship. The primary focus will be on development of speech and debate skills. Students will learn parliamentary procedures and current event issues through various simulations dealing with the legislative and judicial branches. The course will culminate with a state simulation at the YMCA Youth in Government conference and a cumulative in-class group project. It is strongly recommended that students who want to attend the Youth in Government conference participate in the course before attending. Note: Students are responsible for any fees associated with the Youth in Government conference. Fundraising opportunities will be available to students throughout the course. Scholarships may also be available for students in finance.

Prerequisites: Grade: 10, 11, 12

 

Title: Peer Assistant  

Course Code: 379923CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunities to grow as leaders and to learn to work with other students such as non- or limited English-speaking students through assistance in the English, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies classrooms. The purpose of the peer assistant is to work with a certified teacher and assist their peers while learning organizational and leadership skills. Peer assistants must be bilingual in providing tutoring assistance for students as directed by the teacher.

Prerequisites:  None

Title: History in Film
Course Code: 339902CW
Unit: 1 unit
Description: This course would move chronologically through American history by utilizing various popular films as teaching tools.  Assessments would measure knowledge and understanding of both history and the films that portray it, as well as whether the depiction of history is accurate.  This class would expose students to various genres of film and filmmaking and shed light on American history as well as how Hollywood has chosen to depict history at different times and within different contexts. 
Schools: MRHS
Prerequisites: None