The goal of the Social Studies Department is to develop an atmosphere of inquiry and analysis in which the student can acquire an awareness of and an appreciation for ongoing human experiences.

Objectives:
  1. To develop necessary skills of comprehension, critical analysis, and expression that will enable the student to explore relevant social, political, and economic issues.
  2. To provide a broad historical background of human progress: social, political, and economic, which will lend perspective to contemporary issues.
  3. To promote a value system that includes a reverence for life and a sense of thoughtful responsibility and personal accountability.
Requirements:
Students are required to earn three credits in social studies with 2.5 credits predetermined in the freshman, sophomore and junior years. The remaining 1/2 credit and additional credits are elective with some requiring departmental approval.

Courses Available for 2019-20

List of 15 items.

  • SS American Government

    Grade 9
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students in this course will explore the political theories, institutions and processes that mold our government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills and group processing skills. Students are required to pass a Federal and Missouri Constitutions test.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS World History

    Grade 10
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course will cover historical developments, events and people who influenced and shaped world history from ancient times to the present. Students are expected to complete readings in and beyond the textbook, examine primary documents, write essays, conduct research, and participate in class discussions.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS AP World History

    Grade 10
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This AP course will cover the events and people who influenced and shaped the major regions of the globe from ancient times to the present. It will explore the themes of interaction between humans and the environment, the development and interaction of cultures, state building and conflict, interaction of economic systems and the development of societies. Students are expected to complete reading in and beyond the textbook, examine primary documents, write essays, conduct research and participate in class discussions. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA and department approval
  • SS American History

    Grade 11
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students will survey the forces which have shaped American history and culture from its beginning to present day. An emphasis is placed on reading, examination of primary documents, essay writing, research, and active participation in class discussions.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS AP/ACC American History

    Grade 11
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students survey the forces which have shaped American history and culture from its beginning to present day. An emphasis is placed on reading, examination of primary documents, essay writing, research and active participation in class discussions. Students will be expected to apply historical principles to current events and evaluate the topics in greater depth. Students will have the option to register for college credit and/or take the AP exam in May. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA and department approval
  • SS American Government and Politics

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This elective course will explore the political theories, institutions, and processes that mold the U.S. government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills and group processing skills.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS AP American Government and Politics

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Students will explore the political theories, institutions and processes that mold the U.S. government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills and group processing skills. AP students will be expected to do additional research and writing as well as evaluating topics in greater depth. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP exam in May. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA and department approval
  • SS Current Events

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This is a study of current events and the forces that influence them. Situations and issues throughout the world will be studied from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, group processing skills and will be expected to actively participate in class discussion.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS AP/ACC European History

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In this course, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments and processes that have impacted Europe. Students will analyze historical evidence, use the skills of contextualization, comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time, and practice argument development through examining primary sources and writing essays. Active participation in class discussion is expected. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA and department approval
  • SS Geography and Culture

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will be introduced to the five themes of geography: location (position on earth’s surface), place (physical and human characteristics), human-environment interactions (shaping the landscape), movement (humans interacting with the earth) and regions (how they form and change) through the study and evaluation of each of the continents. The course will go beyond maps and place a special focus on human geography, including where different peoples live, their customs, food, styles of clothing and how they impact the world around them.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS Modern U.S. History

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course studies American history in the post-war period, from the 1950s through the 1990s. Some attention will be given to key foreign policy events, including the Cold War and Vietnam, and the shift from 1960s liberalism to the conservative era of the 1980s. However, the course will primarily focus on social history and pop culture to tell the story of how Americans addressed the Cold War, the struggles and successes of the civil rights movement, and the rise of second-wave feminism through these decades. Students taking this course can expect to practice interpreting a variety of primary and secondary sources and use them to create a historical argument through analytical essays.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS ACC Psychology

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course focuses on the study of human behavior. As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course includes consideration of psychological principles, terminology, major theories, careers, methods of experimentation and practical applications. Special topics include personality development, problem-solving, group dynamics and motivation. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills and group processing skills. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS Honors Psychology

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course focuses on individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphasis will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood and adolescence, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills and group processing skills.

    Prerequisite: departmental approval
  • SS Sociology

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with various cultures and the situations resulting from people living in groups. This course covers such topics as culture, subcultures, social institutions, collective behavior, social change, social deviation, the family, religion, racial and ethnic minorities, poverty, and crime. The latter portion of this course deals specifically with the pressing problems of our society, their causes, and possible solutions.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SS Honors Voices of Human Rights

    Grade 12
    Double Period Semester Course, 1 credit

    Literature or Writing Course

    .5 Credit English and .5 Credit Social Studies

    This is a cross-curricular English and Social Studies course. The course will discuss major violations of human rights around the globe over the past 40 years - with an emphasis on genocides. It will also cover violations in North Korea, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, and current conflicts. The overwhelming theme/response to all aspects of this course is outrage at how these violations could occur in the modern world and disbelief that this is the first time many are hearing about them. For each conflict studied, students will read and discuss texts, debate, engage and attempt to find solutions for these large scale problems. Additionally, a large part of this course will be the culminating research paper and presentation. This project will impact all aspects of academic growth, and it will be worth it.

    Note: This is an honors class, but ALL students are welcome---there is no test or academic minimum to receive honors credit.

    Prerequisite: none

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