Social Science

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The social sciences curriculum is aligned with the California Social Science Common Core Standards. Students must earn 30 units of social science credit for graduation (10 units of World History, 10 units of Unites States History, 5 units of American Government and 5 units of Economics).


Social Science 7HP

Course Number: 5015

Grade: 7
Course Length: One year
Textbooks/Materials: Medieval & Early Modern Times, McGraw Hill, 2006

A survey of world history beginning with the Early Middle Ages and ending with the Enlightenment. In this course, students will examine the overall framework of the world’s chronology, be introduced to key historical characters and events. Students will study world geography, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, Islam, Africa, China, Japan, Meso America, Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, age of Exploration, and the Enlightenment. Students will study a variety of cultures and history of the world in the middle ages into discovery and Enlightenment.

Social Science 8HP

Course Number: 5035

Grade: 8
Course Length: One year
Textbooks/Materials: The American Journey to World War 1, Glencoe McGraw Hill, 2006

U.S. History is an in-depth study of our history. It particularly develops units from Early Exploration and the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. There is emphasis placed upon a working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Students will explore political, social, economic and cultural events that contributed to the creation of a multicultural industrial society that shaped the United States. We will analyze key issues such as the changing relationships between government and the governed; the era of exploration, European expansionism and enlightenment; the settlement and colonization of North America; the growth of a strong central state; the American Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, the adoption of the United States Constitution, the Jefferson era, growth and expansion, the Jackson era, Manifest Destiny, North and South, the age of Reform, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The goal of this year of study is to develop appreciation and knowledge of our country’s past, coupled with a greater understanding of its presented future.

World History HP

Course Number: 5205

Course Length: One year
Grade: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks/Materials: Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction McDougal Littell, 2006

This course will focus on the major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late 18th century through the present. Students will develop an understanding of the current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. An emphasis will be placed on Documents Based Questions (DBQ’s) and Free Response Essays (FRE’s).

NOTE: Students may only receive the weighted grade if they take the Advanced Placement test in the spring.

AP European History

Course Number: 5252

Recommendation: Course Length: One year
Grade:
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks/Materials: Western Civilization since 1300, Cengage, 2016

This course prepares students to take the national Advanced Placement Examination and is designed to be an in depth study of European history from 1450 A.D. to the present. Scores of 3, 4, or 5, on the AP Examination can result in college credit being given. This course may be offered pending sufficient enrollment.

NOTE: Students may only receive the weighted grade if they take the Advanced Placement test in the spring. This course meets the World History graduation requirement

US History

Course Number: 5312

Recommendation: Course Length: One year
Grade: 11
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks/Materials: The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st McDougal Littell, 2006

This course will build upon the tenth grade study of World History. Students will study the major turning points in American History emphasizing events, issues and leaders of the 20th and 21st century

AP US History

Course Number: 5315

Recommendation: Course Length: One year
Grade: 11
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks/Materials: By the People, A History of the U.S. Pearson Educ., 2015

This is a college level that covers Pre-colonial American History through 1900’s, and prepares you for the Advanced Placement Exam, which has the potential to give college credit for the class. This is fast paced in depth coverage of United States History. There is considerable reading of textbook and primary source materials, and there is a considerable amount of writing. This course may be offered pending sufficient enrollment.

NOTE: Students may only receive the weighted grade if they take the Advanced Placement test in the spring.

American Government

Course Number: 5512

Recommendation: None
Course Length: One Semester
Grade Level: 12
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks MaGruders American Government Prentice Hall, 2013

This course is a semester course designed as an overview of the American political process. Emphasis is placed on the origin, structure, operation, roles and capacity for change of American institutions (i.e. Congress, the Executive, the Judiciary, Bureaucracy, and political parties).

AP Government

Course Number: 5515

Recommendation: Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or Higher, and a “B” in U.S. History
Course Length: One Semester (Fall and Spring)
Grade Level: 12
UC/CSU Requirement: A
Textbooks: American Government AP, ITP 2015

AP United States Governments and Politics is a semester-long course. This course prepares students for the Advance Placement exam that focuses on six elements. These elements include: 1) Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government, 2) Political Beliefs and Political Behaviors, 3) Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media, 4) Institutions of National Government, 5) Public Policy, and 6) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This course may be offered pending sufficient enrollment.

NOTE: Students may only receive the weighted grade if they take the Advanced Placement test in the spring.

Economics

Course Number: 5412

Recommendation: None. This class is required for graduation. 
Course Length: One Semester
Grade Level: 12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks : Economics , Principles & Practices, Glencoe 2012

This course is an introduction to the role of Individuals, Businesses & Governments play in the economy including supply & demand, types of business, Banking and the Federal Reserve & other economic models. This is an introduction to both Micro & Macroeconomics.

AP Economics

Course Number: 5415

Recommendation: Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or Higher, and a “B” in U.S. History
Course Length: One Semester
Grade Level: 12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Economics South-Western Cengage Learning 2013

This is a college-level Macro Economics class, which focuses on the national economy and the role individuals, businesses, and governments play in the national economy. Students will learn how to read and create graphs, study economic theories, and delve into fiscal policy, monetary policy, banking, international trade, and finance. This course may be offered pending sufficient enrollment.

NOTE: Students may only receive the weighted grade if they take the Advanced Placement test in the spring.
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