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Social Studies

Social Studies Course Descriptions
Global Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: none

The duration of this course is two semesters. This course lays emphasis upon comparing characteristics of culture via language, literature, the arts, and traditions from various peoples. Also, the student should gain some understanding of the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in a society. Finally, analysis of how social systems form and develop over time in different cultures will be conducted in the course.

The various cultures to be discussed in the course include numerous African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Eastern European, Western European, Japanese, and Chinese.

Honors Global Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Academic Proficiency

The duration of this course is two semesters. Like Global Studies, this honors course lays emphasis upon comparing characteristics of culture via language, literature, the arts, and traditions from various peoples. Also, the student should gain some understanding of the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in a society. Finally, analysis of how social systems form and develop over time in different cultures will be conducted in the course.

The various cultures to be discussed in the course include numerous African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Eastern European, Western European, Japanese, and Chinese.

This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.

American Government

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: none

The duration of this required course is two semesters. This course emphasizes understanding and explanation of the basic principles of the United States government. The political and economic systems of the United States and Illinois will also be compared with other systems throughout the world (e.g. the United Kingdom, former the Soviet Union, etc). Also, analysis of the election process, roles of media and interest groups, and foreign policy and national security of the United States government, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizens will be conducted.

Finally, students will also have to pass a Constitution Exam in order to receive credit for the course. The test will measure the students’ comprehension of the basic document as well as the development of US political ideas and traditions.

Independent research, effective reading, and writing skills will be employed during this course. There will also be extensive use of the Internet and periodicals to achieve the course goals.

Geography

Credit: ½
Pre-requisite: at least sophomore standing

Students will be required to have a notebook and folder (preferably with rings or prongs) for this course.

The duration of this course is one semester. This course emphasizes the Five Themes of Geography (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region). Geography provides an introduction to the study of both physical and human geography. Along with human and physical geography, particular attention will be to North America (US, Canada, and Mexico), as well as Western Europe.

US History

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: upperclassman standing (taken junior year)

The duration of this course is two semesters. In this course, students will apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation to events of US History. Students will gain an understanding of the development of significant political events in US History (e.g. colonial rebellion, Independence, two-party system, expansion West, Jacksonian Democracy, sectionalism, Civil War, imperialism, World Wars, the 1960s, and present-day). Comprehension of the development/practice of capitalism throughout US History will be required learning. Social and environmental history will also be discussed in the realm of US History.

Students will use primary sources, critical thinking skills, and problem-based learning to accomplish the goals of the course.

Honors US History

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: academic proficiency and upperclassman standing (taken junior year)

The duration of this course is two semesters. In this course, students will apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation to events of US History. Students will gain an understanding of the development of significant political events in US History (e.g. colonial rebellion, Independence, two-party system, expansion West, Jacksonian Democracy, sectionalism, Civil War, imperialism, World Wars, the 1960s, and present-day). Comprehension of the development/practice of capitalism throughout US History will be required learning. Social and environmental history will also be discussed in the realm of US History.

Students will use primary sources, critical thinking skills, and problem-based learning to accomplish the goals of the course.
This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.

Current Events

Credit: ½
Elective Course
Pre-requisite: upperclassman standing

The duration of this course is one semester. Students will be challenged to examine the events, issues, and personalities that are a part of the local, state, national, and international news. These events and associated issues will be studied from a historic, political, economic, cultural, legal, and geographic perspective.

Students will use newspapers, periodicals, and other media to complete course work.

This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.