High School

Social Sciences Curriculum

COURSE NUMBER 3301 UNITED STATES HISTORY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify
GRADE:  11

The study of American history gives the student an opportunity to know and evaluate the events of the past that have placed us in our present political and physical environment. Students will discover and discuss the successes of Americans as a nation. The course also provides an opportunity for research and assessment of outstanding national failures and considers preventive measures. It is a detailed and careful scrutiny of important happenings since the first explorations. It is also a preparation for responsible citizenship in a progressive American democracy. United States History will include the required study of such topics as the Holocaust and the contributions of women, black Americans, and labor unions to the growth and development of the republic

COURSE NUMBER 3401 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify
GRADE:  12

Basic United States government is designed to provide students with an operational overview of the foundations, development and operation of the United States government. Subject matter will encompass the basic founding principles on which our government is based/developed, the functioning of local/state/federal governments and American foreign policy issues facing our nation.

COURSE NUMBER 310 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL STUDIES

TEACHER(S): Nolan Kellerman
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE: 9 (freshman requirement)

Introduction to Social Studies is a survey course that provides an overview of the various social science disciplines. Course topics focus on history, geography, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology. The required study of the United States and Illinois Constitutions is included, along with a study of the Declaration of Independence and flag etiquette.

COURSE NUMBER 320 GEOGRAPHY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE :  10-12

Through the study of geography, students will explore and discover the processes that shape the earth, the relationships between people and environments, and the links between people and places. Geography will help students to build a global perspective and to understand the connections between global and local events.

COURSE NUMBER 321 ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY

TEACHER(S):  Nolan Kellerman
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9-10

Ancient World History examines the historical beginnings and basic developments of major civilizations in the history of the world. This course focuses on western civilization from pre-history through the civilizations of Greece and Rome to the middle ages. Emphasis is placed on the economic, social, political, military, and religious aspect of the periods studied. Students will gain skills in the knowledge, comprehension, recall, and synthesis of historical events.

COURSE NUMBER 322 MODERN WORLD HISTORY

TEACHER(S):  Nolan Kellerman
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9-10

Modern World History continues the study of the development of civilization beginning with the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation through the Industrial Revolution. The development of the Western world and the significance of imperialism to that evolution will be discussed in addition to an overview of the events and forces that shaped the history of the twentieth century.

COURSE NUMBER 309 STREET LAW

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1/2 (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  NONE
GRADE:  11-12

Objectives of this course include a practical understanding of the law and legal system.  Understanding the fundamental principles and values underlying our Constitution, laws and legal system.  To promote awareness of current issues and controversies relating to law and the legal system.  To bring about a greater sense of justice, tolerance and fairness.  To develop a willingness and an ability to resolve disputes through informal and formal methods.  To improve understanding the roles that law, lawyers and law enforcement officials and the legal system play in our society and improve basic skills, including critical thinking and reasoning, communication, observation and problem solving.

COURSE NUMBER 335 HUMANITIES

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  .5 PER SEMESTER
PREREQUISITES:  NONE
GRADE:  11-12

The humanities concern themselves with the complete record of human experience—exploring, assessing, interpreting, and refining of our world and existence.  The humanities include, but are not limited to history, literature, philosophy and ethics, languages and cultures; linguistics; jurisprudence or philosophy of law; archaeology; comparative religions; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts, drama, and theatre; and those aspects of the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, government, and economics) that use historical and interpretive methodologies to understand our lives and world.  Without this knowledge, how can we possibly govern ourselves wisely and well?

COURSE NUMBER 330 UNITED STATES HISTORY

TEACHER(S):  Sean Patrick
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  11 (junior requirement)

The study of American history gives the student an opportunity to know and evaluate the events of the past as related to our present political and physical environment. Students will discover and discuss the successes of Americans as a nation. The course also provides an opportunity for research and assessment of outstanding national failures and considers preventive measures. It is a detailed and careful scrutiny of important happenings since the first explorations. It is also a preparation for responsible citizenship in a progressive American democracy. United States history will include the required study of such topics as the Holocaust and the contributions of women, black Americans, and labor unions to the growth and development of the republic.

COURSE NUMBER 344 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

TEACHER(S): Sean Patrick
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  12 (senior requirement)

United States government is designed to provide students with an operational overview of the foundations, development and operation of the United States government. Subject matter will encompass the basic founding principles on which our government is based/developed, the functioning of local/state/federal governments, and American foreign policy issues facing our nation.

COURSE NUMBER 331 PSYCHOLOGY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES: None
GRADE:  11-12

Psychology serves as an introduction to the study of behavior and mental processes. Topics studied include the biological basis of behavior, levels of consciousness, development, memory, personality, abnormality, motivation, and emotion. Students will gain insights regarding human behavior.

COURSE NUMBER 332 SOCIOLOGY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  11-12

This course provides students with a comprehensive coverage of society and culture, social structure, social institutions, and social problems. Specific topics covered will include self-images, racial groups, authority, urban/rural living, deviance, social movements, collective behavior, and social change. The course is discussion-oriented with many interactions among students.

COURSE NUMBER 333 WORLD FOCUS

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  11-12

This current events class is based on the premise that various news sources eventually become one‘s primary social studies text. The content-heavy textbook with its pre-digested knowledge is frequently out of date in the modern day world before it is published.   The news provides a ―real life referent for the teaching of social studies concepts and skills. Sources for this class include but are no limited to: Newspaper in Education, CNN Interactive, current events publications, and Internet.