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Integrated Humanities: AP Human Geography

This university-level course centers on how humans interact with their environments over time and space. Using a wide variety of activities from interpreting dynamic maps to layering Global Position devices, from analyzing reasons for migration to studying ethnic boundaries, this class will reflect on the geographic roots of who we are and the role space plays in conflicts around the world by identifying cultural attributes, and the roots of national identity. This course also works to understand why companies and farms choose to locate where they do considering access to resources and environmental consequences around the world today. Students are expected to read and write more than most courses as they build an anthology of what it means to be human. 


World History

Students in grade ten (10) study major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late eighteenth century through the present including the cause and course of the two World Wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. 


AP World History

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college world history course. Students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in 4 historical periods from approximately 1200 C.E. to the present. Students develop and use historical methods of investigations: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Students use five themes and a variety of learning techniques to explore and make connections among historical developments in different times and places.


United States History

Students in grade eleven (11) study the major turning points of American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment of U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth (10th) grade study of global industrialization including the social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society and the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government, and federal courts, as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry. 


AP United States History 

This rigorous course will focus on American history since European settlement in the 17th Century. Although chronologically organized, students will focus on themes of injustice, migration, and how the ideals of the founding fathers have been put into practice. Major units include: the Civil War, the Progressive Era, U.S. Imperialism, and the U.S. transition into a world power. Students are expected to read and write far more than in most courses with emphasis on contextualization, interpretation and synthesis in preparation for the Advanced Placement examination in May. The course will utilize extensive outside sources of reading and commentary designed to evoke critical analysis of events in U.S. History. 


American Government and Economics 

The first semester will cover the organization and functions of the federal government. Students will gain the knowledge of what government is and some of the rationale for having such a social institution. The student will gain knowledge of what form of government we have, its make-up, and operations. The student will gain the ability to see the relationship between social and economic problems and how our government attempts to solve them. In the second semester, students will deepen their understanding of the economic problems and institution of the nation and world. This course is primarily a course in social science, enriching students’ understanding of the operations and institutions of economic systems, as well as a course in practical personal economics. 


AP Government and Politics / Economics

This challenging course features college-level curriculum and will require students to understand philosophical tenets behind the United States Constitution, political parties, national institution, and public policy. Macro- and microeconomics will be integrated throughout the year as it influences government policies. Studying social and economic problems as they affect government will prepare students to excel on the Advanced Placement United States Government exam. Class work will be centered around in-depth reading of primary sources, current political issues, analysis, and class discussions. Throughout the course, we will practice a variety of instructional strategies including problem-based learning, lecture, discussion, writing, objective testing, role-playing, and individual/group projects. 


Ethnic Studies

The course is designed for students in grades 11-12. It is a yearlong course with a specific focus on our multicultural society. The class will also explore issues of power and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and religion.