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The Social Studies Department is dedicated to developing educated and concerned citizens who learn historical context, social understanding and civic awareness. The curriculum is designed to help students see the connections between social studies and their lives as contributors to society, and challenges them to learn about the impact of events on the shaping of societies and nations.

World & American Studies 1: Prehistory to the Renaissance/Reformation

College Enrichment World & American Studies 1

312 World & American Studies 1: Prehistory to the Renaissance/Reformation (CEP)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: World and American Studies 1 is a crucial step towards the study of history. In this course, students will be able to use the past to form a meaningful understanding of our diverse cultural heritage and to guide their decisions as citizens of a democracy. Students will understand how features of geography have helped shape human history and economics. Students will use knowledge of political systems, especially our American system, to make informed decisions about governing their communities. Students will use methods of social science investigation to answer questions about society. Students will analyze public issues and construct and express thoughtful positions on these issues. Students will act constructively to further the public good. Topics include Ancient man, Early River Valley Civilizations, First Empires, Greece and Rome, Eastern and African Civilizations, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Exploration.

College Prep World & American Studies 1

311/313 World & American Studies 1: Prehistory to the Renaissance/Reformation (CP) 9

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: World and American Studies 1 is a crucial step towards the study of history. In this course, students will be able to use the past to form a meaningful understanding of our diverse cultural heritage and to guide their decisions as citizens of a democracy. Students will understand how features of geography have helped shape human history and economics. Students will use knowledge of political systems, especially our American system, to make informed decisions about governing their communities. Students will use methods of social science investigation to answer questions about society. Students will analyze public issues and construct and express thoughtful positions on these issues. Students will act constructively to further the public good. Topics include Ancient man, Early River Valley Civilizations, First Empires, Greece and Rome, Eastern and African Civilizations, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Exploration.

Honors World & American Studies 1

315 World & American Studies 1: Prehistory to the Renaissance/Reformation (Honors) 9

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: World and American Studies 1 is a crucial step towards the study of history. In this course, students will be able to use the past to form a meaningful understanding of our diverse cultural heritage and to guide their decisions as citizens of a democracy. Students will understand how features of geography have helped shape human history and economics. Students will use knowledge of political systems, especially our American system, to make informed decisions about governing their communities. Students will use methods of social science investigation to answer questions about society. Students will analyze public issues and construct and express thoughtful positions on these issues. Students will act constructively to further the public good. Topics include Ancient man, Early River Valley Civilizations, First Empires, Greece and Rome, Eastern and African Civilizations, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Exploration.

World & American Studies 2: Columbus to the Gilded Age

College Enrichment World & American Studies 2

323 World & American Studies 2: Columbus to the Gilded Age (CEP)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: World & American Studies 1

Course Description: World and American Studies 2 covers the eras of Age of Exploration through Industrial Revolution in Europe and Colonization through Reconstruction in America. In this course, students will take the knowledge gained from WAS I and apply their skills to WAS II. Topics of importance include: Age of Exploration, Absolute Monarchy, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Colonization, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included in this course is the study of the American Constitution and Illinois Constitution.

College Prep World & American Studies 2

322 World & American Studies 2: Columbus to the Gilded Age (CP)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: World & American Studies 1

Course Description: World and American Studies 2 covers the eras of Age of Exploration through Industrial Revolution in Europe and Colonization through Reconstruction in America. In this course, students will take the knowledge gained from WAS I and apply their skills to WAS II. Topics of importance include: Age of Exploration, Absolute Monarchy, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Colonization, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included in this course is the study of the American Constitution and Illinois Constitution.

Honors World & American Studies 2

325 World & American Studies 2: Columbus to the Gilded Age (Honors)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: World & American Studies 1

Course Description: World and American Studies 2 covers the eras of Age of Exploration through Industrial Revolution in Europe and Colonization through Reconstruction in America. In this course, students will take the knowledge gained from WAS I and apply their skills to WAS II. Topics of importance include: Age of Exploration, Absolute Monarchy, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Colonization, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included in this course is the study of the American Constitution and Illinois Constitution.

World American Studies 3: Age of Imperialism to the Present

College Prep World & American Studies 3

333 World & American Studies 3: Age of Imperialism to the Present (CP)

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: World & American Studies 2

Course Description: World and American Studies 3 continues the thematic learning sequences of the study of history. Topics include the Age of Imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, Civil Rights Movements, spread of Democracy throughout Africa, Nationalism, the Great Depression, and Present-Day.

Honors World & American Studies 3

335 World & American Studies 3: 1 Age of Imperialism to the Present (Honors)

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: World & American Studies 2

Course Description: World and American Studies 3 continues the thematic learning sequences of the study of history. Topics include the Age of Imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, Civil Rights Movements, spread of Democracy throughout Africa, Nationalism, the Great Depression, and Present-Day.

World Georgraphy

337 World Geography (CP)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 (Fall Semester)

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: In this elective course, students will analyze geographic issues in the world and how man is affected by geography. The following themes will be discussed: places, regions and cultures, how geographic factors influence past and present events, human and environmental interaction, physical and ideological developments and human systems such as population distribution and urbanization patterns.

Chicago History

340 Chicago History (CP)

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will discover how Chicago grew from a swampy wilderness outpost to today’s giant metropolis. They will be able to analyze the “real” Chicago story and debunk myths such as Mrs. O’ Leary’s cow starting the fire and they will be able to discuss why Chicago’s location was and is such a critical factor in its development. They will be able to identify the unique contributions that Chicago has made to world architecture. Students will be able to research some aspect of the city’s history by using primary sources.

Global Issues and Solutions

342 Global Issues and Solutions

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: The course examines the cause and effect of major issues facing the world today. We will look at how the United States and the rest of the world are working to solve these problems. Topics included, but are not limited to: global warming, renewable energy, the fight for natural resources, regional military conflicts, terrorism, and world hunger.


Civics and Consumer Education

343 Civics and Consumer Education

Grade: 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: The first part of the course will cover topics such as: who is a citizen, responsibilities of citizenship, voting and elections, political parties, local government, and community issues. The second part of the course will cover sections on auto, life and health insurance, investing in stocks and bonds, proper use of credit, tax computations, consumer buying and the U.S. economy.

Advanced Placement United States History

358 Advanced Placement United States History (AP) 27

Grade 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: WAS 2 (H) or WAS 3 (H) with a grade of “B” or higher and previous instructor approval.

Course Description: The AP US History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials— their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.

Advanced Placement European History

368 Advanced Placement European (AP) History, 1450 – Present

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: WAS 2 (H) or WAS 3 (H) with a grade of “B” or higher and previous instructor approval. For 10th grade enrollment WAS I (H) and Department Chair approval.

Course Description: This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses in Western Civilization by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual and cultural history, the political and diplomatic history, and the social and economic history of Europe from 1450 (the High Renaissance) to the present. Students will be able to formulate and support conclusions from documentary evidence. Students will be able to express historical understanding and analysis in writing.

Psychology

376 Psychology (CP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will take an eclectic approach to psychology by studying human development, the brain, the nervous system, statistics, testing, learning, emotions, and communication. Students will be introduced to current theories that apply to major social problems that dominate the modern world. These insights will also help the student guide the growth of his/her own personality in desired directions. Supervised experiments and written reports will be required for all students

Patricia Birch

Patricia Birch

Teacher
Phillip Birch

Phillip Birch

Department Chair
Chris Haas

Chris Haas

Teacher
Greg Prosser

Greg Prosser

Teacher
Michael Rabideau

Michael Rabideau

Teacher
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