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Social Science

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Geography

Course #: SS100SGE

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GE

Grade(s): 9

Prerequisite: None

This course is a freshman requirement in Social Science and is designed to introduce students to the physical and cultural environment around them. This course uses the five themes of geography – location, place, human-environment interactions, regions, and movement to organize the study of North America, Latin America, Northern Eurasia, Western Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The objectives of this course will revolve around the Common Curriculum Goals established by the Oregon Department of Educations adopted State standards.

 

Pre AP Geography

Course #: SS100HGE

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GE

Grade(s): 9

Prerequisites: Passing score on 8th grade OAKS Reading test

This course goes beyond the 5 themes of geography and strives to enable students to be critical consumers of geographic information. Through diverse perspectives, and rigorous examination, students will analyze characteristics of population distribution, globalization, the interconnectedness of physical and human regional systems and their effect on our environment. Students will examine cultural diversities in our world and draw conclusions about the global impact of cultural diffusion. The rate of instruction and reading expectations in Geography Honors will require students to be highly motivated and self directed. In coordination with the Language Arts department, students will be required to produce essays that meet the standard writing skills criteria. This class is for the student who has passed the OAKS reading test and enjoys investigating the trends and cultures of our world.

 

Global History 1

Course #: SS110SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History prior to World War II. Course content will include issues of Immigration and Industrialization, Imperialism, Revolutions and Political, Economic and Social developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

 

Pre AP Global History 1

Course #: SS110SHS

Course #: SS113HHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History prior to World War II. Course content will include issues of Immigration and Industrialization, Imperialism, Revolutions and Political, Economic and Social developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future. The activities and assessments of this honors level course are designed to prepare
students for the rigor and demands of AP and College Now courses.

 

Global History 2

Course #: SS111SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from World War II up to the 1960s. Course content will include issues of Conflict, Imperialism, Abuses of Power, and Economic, Social and Political developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

 

Pre AP Global History 2

Course #: SS114HHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from World War II up to the 1960s. Course content will include issues of Conflict, Imperialism, Abuses of Power, and Economic, Social and Political developments.  Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future. The activities and assessments of this honors level course are designed to prepare students for the rigor and demands of AP and College Now courses.

 

Global History 3

Course #: SS120SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 11

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from the 1960s to the Present. Course content will include issues of Political, Economic and Social developments nationally and internationally during this era. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

AP/CN United States History

Course #: SS150AHS/SS150AEL

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1 credit / HS & EC, .5 credit /Elective

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee (see page 4 for more details).

Your decision to take an AP course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration. Are you a college bound student? Are you interested in the story called American History? Are you up for a challenge? Are you willing to work hard? If so, this course is the place for you. This course is designed to give students an in-depth study of U.S. History. The course will involve extensive reading, note-taking, discussion and analysis of historian’s viewpoints. Students will develop the historical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the issues that have faced the U.S. from colonial times to present day. Emphasis will be placed on cause-effect relationships as a way to gain appreciation of how our nation’s past (and historians’ interpretation of it) have shaped the present and will impact the future. There will be minimal reading to do over the summer preceding the course.

 

United States Government

Course #: SS130SGV

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GV

Grade(s): 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is a practical, hands-on course involving students with law related education, political participation, and a detailed critical analysis of the framework of our American government. Students will explore our political system through classroom study and active participation outside the normal school setting. This course will focus on the basic structures of our government including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches at the local, state, and federal level. The foundations of our government and an analysis of the policies of American democracy will be explored. Time will be spent in law related education, including rights, responsibility, and citizenship. A major part of the course will be discussion and analysis of the current issues facing the nation today.

 

AP/CN Government CN PS201, PS202

Course #: SS130AGV

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/.5 credit /GV, .50 credit / Elective

Grade(s): 12

Prerequisites: None

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee (see page 4 for more details).

Your decision to take an AP course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration. Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. The primary topics of focus include the Constitutional underpinnings of United States government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Students will explore our political system through classroom study and active participation outside the normal school setting. Time will be spent in law related education, including rights, responsibility, and citizenship. As with all Advanced Placement courses, this is a college level course, therefore college level effort, behavior, and expectations go with it.

Psychology

Course #: SS310SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of human behavior. As such, psychology seems to hold great interest for most people. In
this course students will learn how relationships can come to enhance human growth, how personality forms, how to
change a person’s behavior, what development is predictable at a given age, and the biological bases of behavior. Emphasis
is placed on understanding the three dominant perspectives, humanistic, behavioral, and psychodynamic, and also upon the
practical applications of the concept within those perspectives to everyday life experiences. This makes the course helpful to
students heading to college as well as those whose choices lead more directly to marriage and family.

 

 

Law and Order

 

Course #: SS309SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Law and Order is a course designed to introduce students to the legal system. The course will focus on constitutional law and
criminal law and will include emphasis on exploring careers in the legal professions (law, law enforcement, etc.).

 

Civil War

Course #: SS313SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

For Americans to truly understand the history of their country they must have deep understanding of the Civil War. This is a class designed for students who want take an in-depth look at the most tumultuous time in US History. Students in this course will study the many causes of the Civil War, including nullification, the 10th amendment and states’ rights, the Dred Scott decision and, of course, slavery. Additionally, we will study the key battles of the war such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. The course will involve and in-depth look at Lincoln, Lee, Stonewall Jackson, US Grant and many others. We will conclude with an examination of the difficulties the nation confronted during the reconstruction era. Offered every other year.

 

World Religions

Course #: SS336SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Religion is often a subject not talked about in school, but the truth is religion comprises a fundamental and important part of the world we live in historically, socially, culturally and politically. Nearly every culture in the world possesses faith in some sort of religious belief. Understanding the background of religion and the role religion plays in society helps in piecing together the complexity of many world issues. The types of religions and beliefs in the world are countless; therefore the class will examine the foundations and reasons why religions exist. . The class will specifically study beliefs and background of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. If you want to start an understanding of the diversity of beliefs in the world, this is the class for you. Offered every other year.

Sociology

Course #: SS309SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Why do people do what they do? This course will develop a basic understanding of the concepts of Sociology through a study and analysis of our society, locally and nationally. Emphasis will be placed on how and why societies develop in unique ways, and what influences and impacts individuals in that society. Offered every other year.

America in the 21st Century

Course #: SS152SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

America in the 21st Century will focus on current issues and their historical development since September 11, 2001.  The class will engage with daily news events and trends in America and abroad, and students will be expected to explain and apply their thinking about a range of social, political and economic issues on a daily basis. In addition, the course will be organized by units focusing on the historical development of a current issue, so that students will be able to understand and make connections between current events and recent American history.

Social History of Modern America

Course #: SS151SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course will look at how our history as a nation was influenced by and an influence on social factors. The four main areas of focus will be film, music, television, and the internet. Offered every other year.