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Social Studies Curriculum

Junior High

United States History

Grade 7

Course Description: Students will use the skills of historical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country's history with primary and secondary sources. 

World History

Grade 8

Course Description: World History is a survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of World History provides students with the opportunity to explore across all aspects of human experience, including an emphasis on economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts.

 

High School Academic Path

World Geography

Grade 9

Course Description: The study of World Geography focuses on the relationships among people, places, and environments that result in geographic patterns on the earth. The students will use geographic methods to compare and analyze landforms, climates, and natural resources, as well as cultural, political, economic, and religious characteristics of the world regions. The history of nations within those regions will be examined and compared. Students will use a variety of interdisciplinary sources, both primary and secondary, such as maps, pictures, and documents to learn about the geography and history of different world regions.              

Civics

Grade 10

Course Description: Civics can be expressed as a study in citizenship and government. This course will provide the learner with a basic understanding of civic life, politics, and government; a short history of its foundation and development, what rights the American government guarantees its citizens, and a survey of the duties and responsibilities American citizens must exercise in order to maintain their government. It will introduce the workings of our own and other political systems as well as the relationship of American politics and government to world affairs. 

American History

Grade 11

Course Description: This course is designed to explore America’s historical development from the post-Reconstruction era to the present. It explores a wide variety of factors (political, economic, social, and cultural) that contributed to the creation of a multicultural industrial society that shaped America’s emergence as a world power. Students engage with learned material through a unique project-based assessment each academic quarter. 

European History

Grade 12

Course Description: This course explores European History from the Renaissance to present day Europe. Areas of concentration include political, cultural, social, economic and intellectual history. These areas are studied from a variety of perspectives to ensure a balanced view. Students explore Europe’s history and interaction with the world through select secondary and primary source readings as well as a unique project-based assessment each academic quarter. 


High School Honors Path

AP Human Geography

Grade 9

Course Description: AP Human Geography introduces high school students to college-level introductory human geography and cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Grade 10

Course Description: AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. StudentCam is the course-specific project and is completed in the FALL Semester.

American History HIST 202 Dual Enrollment

Grade 11

Taken from Southeastern Louisiana University’s Course Catalogue:

History 202: American History since 1877. Credit 3 hours. No prerequisites. A survey of American History from the age of discovery to 1877. Four units on the Emergence of Modern America (1877-1917); World Wars and the New Deal (1917-1945); the Cold War and Civil Rights (1945-1976); and the New World Order (1976-Present). Includes in-depth coverage of the role of women and minorities.

Western Civilization HIST 102 Dual Enrollment

Grade 12

Taken from Southeastern Louisiana University’s Course Catalogue:

History 102: Western Civilization since 1500. Credit 3 hours. No prerequisites. A survey of

Western Civilization from 1500 to the present. Four units on the Renaissance and Reformation

(to 1610); Absolutism and Enlightenment (1610-1789); Revolutions and Nationalism (1789-

1914); and Modern Europe (1914-present). Includes in-depth coverage of the role of women.