Social Studies

UNITED STATES HISTORY
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 9 or transfer students only

This course will focus on domestic policy including the post Civil War era, the role of the United States as a world power, the post Cold War era, and modern United States history. Students will also examine the traditions, attitudes, and values that reflect our national heritage and which have been shaped by our nation's history.


UNITED STATES HISTORY PRE-AP
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisites: Grade 9 and meet honors criteria

This course will focus on domestic policy including the post Civil War era, the role of the United States as a world power, the post Cold War era, and modern United States history. Students will also examine the traditions, attitudes, and values that reflect our national heritage and which have been shaped by our nation's history. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of historical data and primary sources.


MODERN WORLD HISTORY
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 10 or transfer students

This course will explore the heritage of the Renaissance in Europe, the rise and fall of monarchies and the ensuing political and industrial revolutions, imperialism, the world wars of the twentieth century, and the sociopolitical realities of the modern world. Students will explore the interaction and mutual influence occurring between civilizations as well as the technological and intellectual developments that have had a major impact on world civilizations.


MODERN WORLD HISTORY PRE-AP
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 10 and meet honors criteria

This course will explore the heritage of the Renaissance in Europe, the rise and fall of monarchies and the ensuing political and industrial revolutions, imperialism, the world wars of the twentieth century, and the sociopolitical realities of the modern world. Students will explore the interaction and mutual influence occurring between civilizations as well as the technological and intellectual developments that have had a major impact on world civilizations. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of historical data and primary sources.


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 transfer

This course will develop student understanding and competence in American citizenship. Fulfillment of expectations will be achieved through the student's participation in various activities focusing on the foundations and applications of American government, comparative political and legal systems, and contemporary foreign policy. The students will understand and analyze the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Missouri and the United States. Fulfillment of expectations will be achieved through active citizenship. This course will fulfill Missouri state graduation requirements. Students will be required to pass the Missouri Constitution Test and the United States Constitution Test with at least a 70%.


AP GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11and meet honors criteria

This course is an introductory college course in United States government and politics. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Objectives for the course include knowing important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics, understanding typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures); being able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats); and being able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of data and sources. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit through the Advanced Credit Program, when available, or may choose to take the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics exam. This course will fulfill Missouri state graduation requirements. Students will be required to pass the Missouri Constitution Test and the United States Constitution Test with at least a 70%.


AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 or transfer

This course will begin with the foundations of western civilization and follow its development in Europe through modern times. The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this course are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principle themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretations, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of historical data and sources. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit through the Advanced Credit Program, when available, or may choose to take the Advanced Placement European History exam.


PSYCHOLOGY
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11-12

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior. Topics include a brief introduction to the history and development of psychology as a science, methods of psychological research, processes of sensation and perception, intelligence and creativity, principles of learning, process of remembering and forgetting, thinking, biological influences on behavior, motivation and emotions, understanding and measuring personality, and the identification and treatment of various psychological disturbances. Students will continue to develop skills in organizing materials, note-taking, communications, researching, and critical thinking.


SOCIOLOGY
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11-12

Sociology is the study of group dynamics. The student will explore subjects such as socialization, culture and group interaction, social structure, communal change and societal problems. Students will learn basic skills in sociological research, will be able to define key sociology terms, and will be encouraged to relate sociological concepts to their own lives. Finally, students will identify the contributions sociology has made to improve the human condition. Students will continue to develop skills in organizing materials, note-taking, communicating, research, and critical thinking.



MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11-12

This course will explore modern American culture and its impact on history by providing an introduction to critical issues and approaches in the study of modern American history. Culture is all around us, influencing how we think, how we feel, how we vote, how we live our lives in countless ways. This course will use our own expertise as consumers of media as a take-off point for exploring the various roles played by mass-mediated culture in our lives. We will look primarily at television, film, advertising, music, sports, fashion, and new technologies that have impacted our ability to save time and energy in the household and our daily lives. We will analyze how critical factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, class, age, and region are shaped by and reshaped in our culture. Students will continue to develop skills in organizing materials, note-taking, communication, researching, and critical thinking.


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11-12

This course will involve students with the issues, problems, and events in our world today. State, local, national, and international issues will be highlighted on a continuing basis. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-relationship of concepts from the various social sciences - psychology, sociology, economics, and political science - and how they relate to the issues and events mentioned above. A national news magazine will serve as the primary text for the course, with other sources used for historical background and additional data. Students will continue to develop skills in organizing materials, note-taking, communicating, research, and critical thinking.


AP UNITED STATES HISTORY 
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisites: Grade 11 or 12 or transfer

This course will focus on our nation's history from discovery and colonization to the present. The AP U.S. History course is designed to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students will learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance-and to weight the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of historical data and primary sources. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit through the Advanced Credit Program, when available, or may choose to take the Advanced Placement United States History exam.


AP WORLD HISTORY
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12; Grade 10 upon recommendation of AP Committee

This course invites students to take a global view of historical processes and contacts between people in different societies, with an emphasis on the past thousand years. Students will be expected to learn selective factual knowledge in addition to certain analytical skills. Major interpretive issues among historians will be explored, as well as techniques used in interpreting both primary historical evidence and secondary sources. Themes will be employed throughout the course, though the basic approach will be chronological. Students will pay particular attention to change and continuity over time, to the characteristic institutions and values of societies, and to the way such institutions and values are affected as a result of cultural contacts among peoples. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, particularly in the analysis of historical data and primary sources. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit through the Advanced Credit Program, when available, or may choose to take the Advanced Placement World History exam.



AP PSYCHOLOGY
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 transfer

This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings, and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each other of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit through the Advanced Credit Program, when available, or may choose to take the Advanced Placement Psychology exam.



AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None, but strong reading and writing skills are highly recommended

The AP Human Geography course is designed to provide college level instruction on the patterns and processes that impact the way humans understand, use, and change Earth's surface. Students use geographic models, methods, and tools to examine human social organization and its effect on the world in which we live. Students are challenged to use maps and geographical data to examine spatial patterns and analyze the changing interconncetions among people and places. This course is presented online and the student will be required to complete coursework to the established timeline provided by the virtual instructor. Successful completion of this course is dependent on the student's ability to meet the criteria outlined by the virtual instructor's syllabus and in being able to work in an online environment. Support to students in an online class will be provided to ensure course issues or technical problems are resolved, but completion of the course us heavily dependent in the student diligently working through the sequence of lessons.


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