Social Studies

Cred. Course Title Type Subject Prerequisites
0.50 African American History Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Tracing the accomplishments and obstacles of African Americans from the slave trade, through emancipation, to the modern African diaspora, students will learn about the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural factors that have influenced African American life.

Prerequisites: None

Tracing the accomplishments and obstacles of African Americans from the slave trade, through emancipation, to the modern African diaspora, students will learn about the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural factors that have influenced African American life.

0.50 Anthropology I: Uncovering Human Mysteries Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: none

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess (Margaret Mead). The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past, present, future and address the problems humans face in biological, social and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity, and diversity of humankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world will also be presented in the course.

Prerequisites: none

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess (Margaret Mead). The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past, present, future and address the problems humans face in biological, social and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity, and diversity of humankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world will also be presented in the course.

0.50 Anthropology II: More Human Mysteries Uncovered Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Anthropology has helped us better understand cultures around the world and through different time periods. This course continues the study of global cultures and the ways that humans have made sense of their world. We will examine some of the ways that cultures have understood and given meaning to different stages of life and death. The course will also examine the creation of art within cultures and examine how cultures evolve and change over time. Finally, we will apply the concepts and insights learned from the study of anthropology to several cultures found in the world today. You do not need to take anthropology I before you take this class.

Prerequisites: None

Anthropology has helped us better understand cultures around the world and through different time periods. This course continues the study of global cultures and the ways that humans have made sense of their world. We will examine some of the ways that cultures have understood and given meaning to different stages of life and death. The course will also examine the creation of art within cultures and examine how cultures evolve and change over time. Finally, we will apply the concepts and insights learned from the study of anthropology to several cultures found in the world today. You do not need to take anthropology I before you take this class.

0.50 Archaeology: Detectives of the Past Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

The field of archeology helps us to better understand the events and societies of the past that have helped to shape our modern world. This course focuses on these techniques, methods, and theories that guide the study of the past. Students will learn how archaeological research is conducted and interpreted, as well as how artifacts are located and preserved. Finally, students will learn about the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items

Prerequisites: None

The field of archeology helps us to better understand the events and societies of the past that have helped to shape our modern world. This course focuses on these techniques, methods, and theories that guide the study of the past. Students will learn how archaeological research is conducted and interpreted, as well as how artifacts are located and preserved. Finally, students will learn about the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items

0.50 Criminology Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

In today’s society, crime and deviant behavior are often one of the top concerns of society members. From the nightly news to personal experiences with victimization, crime seems to be all around us. In this course, we will explore the field of criminology or the study of crime. In doing so, we will look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological standpoints, explore the various types of crime and their consequences for society, and investigate how crime and criminals are handled by the criminal justice system. Why do some individuals commit crimes but others don’t? What aspects in our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why do individuals receive different punishments for the same crime? What factors shape the criminal case process, from arrest to punishments?

Prerequisites: None

In today’s society, crime and deviant behavior are often one of the top concerns of society members. From the nightly news to personal experiences with victimization, crime seems to be all around us. In this course, we will explore the field of criminology or the study of crime. In doing so, we will look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological standpoints, explore the various types of crime and their consequences for society, and investigate how crime and criminals are handled by the criminal justice system. Why do some individuals commit crimes but others don’t? What aspects in our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why do individuals receive different punishments for the same crime? What factors shape the criminal case process, from arrest to punishments?

0.50 Economics- The Flow of Money Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Economic decisions affect us every day of our lives. Understanding economics means thinking about how scarcity, or limited resources, requires us to make choices and evaluate one option against others. In this course, students will recognize examples of economics in your daily life. Students will see how the economic choices of larger groups, like businesses and governments, affect students and others. As students progress through the course, students will recognize that the costs and benefits of choices connect individuals and groups around the world. The purpose of this course is to help students become a smart consumer who understands the flow of an economy between individuals, businesses, governments, and the rest of the world.

Prerequisites: None

Economic decisions affect us every day of our lives. Understanding economics means thinking about how scarcity, or limited resources, requires us to make choices and evaluate one option against others. In this course, students will recognize examples of economics in your daily life. Students will see how the economic choices of larger groups, like businesses and governments, affect students and others. As students progress through the course, students will recognize that the costs and benefits of choices connect individuals and groups around the world. The purpose of this course is to help students become a smart consumer who understands the flow of an economy between individuals, businesses, governments, and the rest of the world.

0.50 History's Mysteries: Determining Fact From Fiction Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Explore the mysteries of the world. What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke? Was there ever a real King Arthur? Did the ancient Chinese really have a treasure fleet that traveled the world? In this class, we will be pulling back the curtains that cloak history and working to determine what is real from what is a myth. You will be taking on the role of detective, exploring evidence, interpreting sources and finding the truth. As a student, you will also have the opportunity to research the historical mystery of your choice to determine what really happened. Are you ready to delve into ancient mysteries and find for yourself what truly happened?

Prerequisites: None

Explore the mysteries of the world. What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke? Was there ever a real King Arthur? Did the ancient Chinese really have a treasure fleet that traveled the world? In this class, we will be pulling back the curtains that cloak history and working to determine what is real from what is a myth. You will be taking on the role of detective, exploring evidence, interpreting sources and finding the truth. As a student, you will also have the opportunity to research the historical mystery of your choice to determine what really happened. Are you ready to delve into ancient mysteries and find for yourself what truly happened?

0.50 History of the Holocaust Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of anti-Semitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy. The study of the Holocaust is a multi-disciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester-long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference, the potential for government-supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.

Prerequisites: None

Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of anti-Semitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy. The study of the Holocaust is a multi-disciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester-long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference, the potential for government-supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.

0.50 Human Geography: Our Global Identity Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? Students will explore the diverse ways in which people affect the world around them and how they are affected by their surroundings. Students will discover how ideas spread and cultures form, and learn how beliefs and architecture are part of a larger culture complex. In addition to introducing students to the field of Human Geography, this course will teach students how to analyze humans and their environments.

Prerequisites: None

How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? Students will explore the diverse ways in which people affect the world around them and how they are affected by their surroundings. Students will discover how ideas spread and cultures form, and learn how beliefs and architecture are part of a larger culture complex. In addition to introducing students to the field of Human Geography, this course will teach students how to analyze humans and their environments.

0.50 Law and Order: Introduction to Legal Studies Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

Every society has laws that its citizens must follow. From traffic laws to regulations on how the government operates, laws help provide society with order and structure. Our lives are guided and regulated by our society's legal expectations. Consumer laws help protect us from faulty goods; criminal laws help to protect society from individuals who harm others; and family law handles the arrangements and issues that arise in areas like divorce and child custody. This course focuses on the creation and application of laws in various areas of society. By understanding the workings of our court system, as well as how laws are actually carried out, we become more informed and responsible citizens in our communities and of our nation.

Prerequisites: None

Every society has laws that its citizens must follow. From traffic laws to regulations on how the government operates, laws help provide society with order and structure. Our lives are guided and regulated by our society's legal expectations. Consumer laws help protect us from faulty goods; criminal laws help to protect society from individuals who harm others; and family law handles the arrangements and issues that arise in areas like divorce and child custody. This course focuses on the creation and application of laws in various areas of society. By understanding the workings of our court system, as well as how laws are actually carried out, we become more informed and responsible citizens in our communities and of our nation.

0.50 National Security Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

In this course, you will learn the critical elements of this very important career, such as evaluating satellite information, analyzing training procedures, assessing military engagement, and preparing intelligence reports. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of appropriate responses to security threats and how best to coordinate information with other agencies.

Prerequisites: None

In this course, you will learn the critical elements of this very important career, such as evaluating satellite information, analyzing training procedures, assessing military engagement, and preparing intelligence reports. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of appropriate responses to security threats and how best to coordinate information with other agencies.

0.50 Personal Psychology: Living in a Complex World Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Enrich the quality of your life by learning to understand the actions of others! Topics include the study of memory, intelligence, emotion, health, stress, and personality. This course features exciting online psychology experiments involving the world around us.

Prerequisites: None

Enrich the quality of your life by learning to understand the actions of others! Topics include the study of memory, intelligence, emotion, health, stress, and personality. This course features exciting online psychology experiments involving the world around us.

0.50 Personal Psychology: The Road to Self-Discovery Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self-discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception, and states of consciousness. Amazing online psychology experiments dealing with our own personal behavior are featured within this course.

Prerequisites: None

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self-discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception, and states of consciousness. Amazing online psychology experiments dealing with our own personal behavior are featured within this course.

0.50 Philosophy: The Big Picture Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history! Along the way, you'll run into some very strange characters. For example, you'll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You'll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you'll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You'll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you've closed the book on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you from atoms to outer space and everything in between.

Prerequisites: None

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history! Along the way, you'll run into some very strange characters. For example, you'll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You'll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you'll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You'll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you've closed the book on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you from atoms to outer space and everything in between.

0.50 Rules of War Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

This course is an educational program that introduces students to international humanitarian law. The learning materials are based on both historical and contemporary situations, show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent and reduce the suffering and devastation caused by war. In this class students will be required to play an active role in the learning process, enabling them to develop a humanitarian perspective and to understanding what IHL is all about. The Rules of War will examine the devastation caused by war by making use of case studies and by building upon students’ own experiences and ways of thinking. The case studies describe the behavior of actual people who are caught in situations where humanitarian action is required. By studying these situations, students develop a new perspective and begin to understand the need for rules to protect life and human dignity during war.

Prerequisites: None

This course is an educational program that introduces students to international humanitarian law. The learning materials are based on both historical and contemporary situations, show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent and reduce the suffering and devastation caused by war. In this class students will be required to play an active role in the learning process, enabling them to develop a humanitarian perspective and to understanding what IHL is all about. The Rules of War will examine the devastation caused by war by making use of case studies and by building upon students’ own experiences and ways of thinking. The case studies describe the behavior of actual people who are caught in situations where humanitarian action is required. By studying these situations, students develop a new perspective and begin to understand the need for rules to protect life and human dignity during war.

0.50 Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

The world is becoming more complex. How do your beliefs, values, and behavior affect the people around you and the world we live in? In this increasingly connected world, students will examine problems in our society and learn how human relationships can influence the life of the student. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world are also presented in the course.

Prerequisites: None

The world is becoming more complex. How do your beliefs, values, and behavior affect the people around you and the world we live in? In this increasingly connected world, students will examine problems in our society and learn how human relationships can influence the life of the student. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world are also presented in the course.

0.50 Sociology: Your Social Life Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

Sociology is the study of people, social life and society. The development of a sociological imagination will enable students to examine how society shapes human actions and beliefs, and how such actions and beliefs in turn shape society. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the sociological world are also presented in the course.

Prerequisites: None

Sociology is the study of people, social life and society. The development of a sociological imagination will enable students to examine how society shapes human actions and beliefs, and how such actions and beliefs in turn shape society. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the sociological world are also presented in the course.

The West! Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: none

The United States moving west is a saga that happened over 400 years. It was always west—what was over the next hill or mountain. This class will focus primarily on America’s westward expansion from the Mississippi to the Pacific. There will be an emphasis on the Native Americans and their interaction with the new settlers and the U.S. government.

Prerequisites: none

The United States moving west is a saga that happened over 400 years. It was always west—what was over the next hill or mountain. This class will focus primarily on America’s westward expansion from the Mississippi to the Pacific. There will be an emphasis on the Native Americans and their interaction with the new settlers and the U.S. government.

0.50 Women's Studies: A Personal Journey Through Film Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

This course, although looking specifically at the experiences of women, is not for girls only. If you are a student interested in exploring the world through film and open-minded enough to be interested in social change, this course is for you. For this class we will be viewing the standard editions of the films: Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Far From Heaven (2002), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney Animation - 1937), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Animation - 1991), Mean Girls (2004), The Help (2011), A League of Their Own (1992) Materials: You will need to have access (by renting them or borrowing them from the library) to the following films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney Animation - 1937), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Animation - 1991), and The Help (2011). The rest will be provided.

Prerequisites: None

This course, although looking specifically at the experiences of women, is not for girls only. If you are a student interested in exploring the world through film and open-minded enough to be interested in social change, this course is for you. For this class we will be viewing the standard editions of the films: Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Far From Heaven (2002), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney Animation - 1937), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Animation - 1991), Mean Girls (2004), The Help (2011), A League of Their Own (1992) Materials: You will need to have access (by renting them or borrowing them from the library) to the following films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney Animation - 1937), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Animation - 1991), and The Help (2011). The rest will be provided.

0.50 World Cultures & Language w/Rosetta Stone Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

This offers students a chance to look at a foreign language through Rosetta Stone to determine if the language they choose is the right one for them. May be taken all 4 quarters. They must progress to a certain point in Rosetta and also attend live lessons studying a bit of history and culture on the country that speaks the language students choose to learn.

Prerequisites: None

This offers students a chance to look at a foreign language through Rosetta Stone to determine if the language they choose is the right one for them. May be taken all 4 quarters. They must progress to a certain point in Rosetta and also attend live lessons studying a bit of history and culture on the country that speaks the language students choose to learn.

1.00 World History Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: World History S1 must be taken before World History S2

This is a two-quarter class. How did we get to where we are today? Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through World History to take you on an adventure as you discover the interconnectedness of world events and eras. Grab your passport for the adventure of a lifetime. In Segment I, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of Islamic Empires. Journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. You will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Hang on tight, before you dive into the Age of Discovery when eastern and western hemispheric encounters created for some turbulent times. Segment II begins with a bang as students will learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment and the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.

Prerequisites: World History S1 must be taken before World History S2

This is a two-quarter class. How did we get to where we are today? Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through World History to take you on an adventure as you discover the interconnectedness of world events and eras. Grab your passport for the adventure of a lifetime. In Segment I, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of Islamic Empires. Journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. You will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Hang on tight, before you dive into the Age of Discovery when eastern and western hemispheric encounters created for some turbulent times. Segment II begins with a bang as students will learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment and the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.

0.50 World Religions: Exploring Diversity Electives Social Studies None
Prerequisites: None

Throughout the ages, religions from around the world have shaped the political, social, and cultural aspects of societies. This course focuses on the major religions that have played a role in human history, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, and Taosim. Students will trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture. The course will also discuss some of the similarities and differences among the major religions and examine the connections and influences they have.

Prerequisites: None

Throughout the ages, religions from around the world have shaped the political, social, and cultural aspects of societies. This course focuses on the major religions that have played a role in human history, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, and Taosim. Students will trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture. The course will also discuss some of the similarities and differences among the major religions and examine the connections and influences they have.

0.50 WWI and WWII- Wars that Changed the World Electives Social Studies Yes
Prerequisites: None

Take a journey through two World Wars in this quarter long class. These two wars defined how the modern world would operate. The class will chronicle the incredible story that was told by the hundreds of millions of people that participated in these two deadly affairs.

Prerequisites: None

Take a journey through two World Wars in this quarter long class. These two wars defined how the modern world would operate. The class will chronicle the incredible story that was told by the hundreds of millions of people that participated in these two deadly affairs.