Social Studies Courses

COURSES

United States History

Course Number: 1686

Length: Year

Grade/Year: 11

This class is the third year of a three-year sequence and follows work in the fifth and eighth grades. As such, its main emphasis is on the period following the Civil War through the present day. The second semester focuses on the boom of the post World War I era through the end of the Twentieth Century.

Homework Expectations: 2-4 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

A

Economics

Course Number: 1815

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 12

This one-semester course covers basic micro and macroeconomic theory, including supply and demand theory, market structures, the role of government in the economy, and issues of economic development. While the emphasis is primarily on the United States economy, the analytical skills needed to be an educated consumer in a global economy are also stressed.

Homework Expectations: 2 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

G

Psychology

Course Number: 1842

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 12

This one-semester course introduces the student to the science of human behavior and mental processes. It explores the biological roots of behavior and such concepts as learning and development, neuroscience, perception and sensation, disorders, and states of consciousness.


Homework Expectations: 2 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

G

AP Psychology

Course Number: 1859

Length: Year

Grade/Year: 12

Prerequisite(s): Students must apply for entry to the course prior to registration.

 

 

 

Homework Expectations: 3-5 hours per week (with possibly more in the 3 weeks before the AP test and before major tests).

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

G

AP Economics (Micro & Macro)

Course Number: 1811

Length: Year

Grade/Year: 12

Prerequisite(s): This advanced study course is open to seniors. The course will follow the syllabus approved by the College Board. The first semester's work will focus on microeconomics. The second semester will cover macroeconomics. Students are expected to take the AP examinations in micro and macroeconomics.

 

 

Homework Expectations: Approximately 0-3 hours per week (with possibly more prior to the AP exams).

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

G

US Foreign Policy Honors

Course Number: 1769

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 11, 12

This one-semester course is designed to help students better understand US foreign policy. The course will begin with a very brief review of the Cold War and then continue with case studies and history of US policy in Central America, Eastern Europe and the former USSR, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Some of the questions we will examine include: Is there a “New World Order”? To what degree can or should we depend upon alliances to steer policy decisions in the future? What values and interests should be reflected in the foreign policy we create for an increasingly interdependent world? There are no unit exams; assessment is based upon policy papers, presentations and seminar participation for each unit.

Homework Expectations: 2-3 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

G

Modern California History

Course Number: 1639

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 12

How did Hollywood and LA become what they are today? What kind of effect will immigration have on California? How does being on the west coast change the perspectives of war? Students will have a chance to examine these questions and more as they study  modern historic events and literature from a California standpoint. This interdisciplinary semester-long course for seniors would offer students five units in Social Studies and five units in English.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2 hours per week, for each class.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

Positive Psychology

Course Number: 1847

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 12

Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology that stems from Humanistic Psychology. It’s aim is "to find and nurture genius and talent" (Compton 2005), and "to make normal life more fulfilling". Students will be exposed to the theoretical pillars of this discipline and will apply this theory to their own life. Through a series of

In Class and at home activities, students will not only grow academically but personally as well. Students who have taken positive psychology and personal empowerment classes in the past have reported a significant increase in positive self image, focus, creativity, curiosity, and general level of happiness. Fulfills Social Science requirement.



Homework Expectations: Approximately 1-2 hours per week

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

World History

Course Number: 1625

Length: Year

Grade/Year: 09

World History covers important historical events in the world, from the Age of Enlightenment through the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Twentieth Century and worldwide impacts of colonialism, imperialism and the post-World War II liberation movements are major units of study. 2 hours per week

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

A

Contemporary World History

Course Number: 1641

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 10

In this course, concepts from the social sciences are used to explore contemporary global issues. Special emphasis is given to non-Western regions, especially Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East and Asia.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2 hours per week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

A

Government

Course Number: 1753

Length: Semester

Grade/Year: 10

This one-semester course explores the constitutional foundations of American government, the decision-making processes within and between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and the changes which have occurred over time. Our rights and responsibilities as American citizens are also stressed together with the electoral process and issues of politics and the media.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

A

AP United States History

Course Number: 1699

Length: Year

Grade/Year: 11

This course provides an in-depth survey of US History, including intellectual, political, cultural, social, and diplomatic history. The class format focuses on writing and large and small group discussions, as well as lectures and primary source analysis. It also includes independent research, debates, and guest speakers. In addition to the text, each student will read a variety of books on historical topics and issues. Students are expected to take the AP test in May for college credit. Summer reading is expected. 

 

Homework Expectations: 5 hours per week (with possibly more in the 3 weeks before the AP test).

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

A

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