Social Science Department

Social Science Course Descriptions

CUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Social Sciences.......................30.0 credits

 

Social Sciences Department Course Descriptions

 

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A-G REQ

CREDITS

World History-P

Course content focuses on world developments from the American and French revolutions to the present. Students connect historical events with their effects on the development of culture. The effects of geography on events and people are explored. The course is aligned with state Social Science standards to include: The rise of Democratic Ideals, the Industrial Revolution, 19th century Imperialism, WWI, 20th century Totalitarian Dictatorships, WWII, the Cold War against the Soviet Union and China, the developing Third World, and Conflict in the World today. Students should expect to study/complete homework every night.

Year

10

‘A’

UC/CSU

World History credit

 

 

AP World History P

This is the honors level of the required 10th grade World History course. As prescribed by the College Board, it covers …

Unit 1 – The Ancient World, to 600 C.E.

Unit 2 – The Medieval World, 600 to 1450

Unit 3 – The Early Modern World, 1450 to 1750

Unit 4 – The Rise of the Modern Nation-State, 1750 to 1914

Unit 5 – The 20th Century, 1914 to the present

The five themes are (1) interaction with the environment, (2) cultural development, (3) state-building, (4) economic systems, and (5) social structures. The course includes geography skills, chronological development, and historical analysis. The course employs an entry-level college textbook and emphasizes analytical essay writing. This foundation-level AP course introduces students to the rigors of PV’s history honors program. Students should expect homework every night.

Year

10

‘A’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

World History credit

United States History-P

The first semester of this yearlong course will cover colonial America through World War I. The second semester will begin with the 1920s and continue through to major social and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society. The primary emphasis of the course is on 20th century American History. Curriculum includes both content standards and Historical and Social Sciences analysis skills standards.

Year

11-12

‘A’

UC/CSU

US History credit

AP United States

History -P

This is the honors level of the required 11th grade United States History course. The first semester covers American history from the British colonial era through the end of the 19th century. The second semester covers 20th century United States history, followed by a rigorous review in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam. The course uses a college-level textbook and emphasizes rigorous essay writing.

Year

11-12

‘A’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

US History credit

Government P

This is a study to inform students on how our government operates, its duties and responsibilities (at all levels), and the part “we the people” play in its operation. Areas covered are: formation of our government, problems encountered and resolved, civil liberties, civil rights, the presidency, congress, courts, state and local government. Emphasis is also placed on current American problems.

Year

12

‘A’

UC/CSU

Government credit

AP US Government and Politics/AP Macroeconomics

 

This year long course will combine the content standards of AP US Government and Politics and AP Macroeconomics. Students will alternate the two curriculums, on a unit basis, over the course of the year as they prepare for the AP exams in both subjects. Although it is not required, students will have the opportunity to sit for examinations and potentially earn college credit for one or both. Students must remain enrolled for the entire year to earn credits.

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.

 

AP Macroeconomics is designed as an initial college-level course in macroeconomics and as a foundation for possible future study in economics or business. AP Macroeconomics emphasizes economic principles as applied to the economy as a whole. Lessons include an analysis of national income and its components, economic indicators, inflation and unemployment, money and banking, stabilization policies, and the United States and world trade.

 

 

Year

12

‘A’

UC/CSU

 

‘G’

UC/CSU

Government & Economics credit if enrolled for entire school year.

 

Elective credit if enrolled for semester

Economics-P

Students will study and learn the principles of economics and of the American economic system. They will compare the American system to economic systems of other nations. Students will learn fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how the principle concepts of economics relate, and understand the structure of economic systems. Students will learn to make reasoned consumer judgments about economic decisions.

Sem

12

‘G’

UC/CSU

Economics credit

History of Europe

IB HL2 - P

 

Prerequisite: AP U.S. History or teacher permission

This course meets high school graduation requirements for Govt/Economics. This yearlong honors course is World History of the 20th Century. In government, it compares and contrasts the Western democracies with a variety of totalitarian and dictatorial states; in economics, it investigates capitalistic, socialistic, and mixed economies. The three major topics are: (1) development of the one party dictatorships—Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China, plus minor dictator ships; (2) decolonization of the Third World nations after World War II; (3) development of the integrated world economy after World War II. Students will do a research project on each of the major topics and present their projects to the class. The culmination of this course is the IB Higher Level Exam, which most universities grant college credit for a passing score.

Year

12

‘A’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

Government & Economics credit if enrolled for entire school year

 

Elective credit if enrolled for a semester

 

 

Psychology- P

This survey course covers a variety of topics in psychology including the schools of psychology, learning theory, altered states of consciousness, the life cycle (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, death, and dying), personality, stress, mental illness, and therapy. Expectations include the use of reading, writing, and oral discussion skills. After taking the class, students should have acquired general knowledge in psychology as well as a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.

Year

11-12

‘G’

UC/CSU

Elective credit