• Social Studies Course Descriptions

     
    Go to Our Curriculum at the CUSD website to access details of the following:
     
     
    REQUIRED COURSES:
     
    World History and Geography
    Grades 9-12
    Full year, 1 credit
    This course covers world history and geography from early civilization to the present. Critical thinking, study skills, problem solving, teamwork, and the integration of all forms of technology will be encouraged. This course also includes historical interpretation, primary source review, and analysis skills.
     
    World Studies (combined English 9 with World History)
    Grades 9-12
    Full year, 1 credit
     
     
    AP World History
    Grades 9-12
    Full year, 1 credit
    This course covers world history and geography from early civilization to the present. Students are required to read literary works and other primary source materials that relate to the course. Strong writing and research skills are necessary to be successful in this class. Critical thinking and problem solving will be encouraged, along with individual and group multi-skill projects in this challenging course.
     
    United States History
    Grades 11-12
    Full year, 1 credit
    The study of History is essential in developing citizens who understand contemporary issues with a depth and wisdom drawn from the experiences of the past. Through the study of history, which integrates the humanities and the social sciences, students will better understand their own society as well as others. The course will cover American history from the American Revolution, the founding of the United States to the present. Emphasis in the second semester will be the 20th century era, and specifically from World War I to the present. Students will study U.S. foreign policy, and the many political and social movements that shaped American culture. Problem solving, critical thinking, writing, research, geographic skills, cooperative learning activities, and the integration of technology are encouraged.
     
    AP United States History
    Grades 11-12
    Full year, 1 credit
    This is a college level course designed to provide analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and interpretations of American history. Emphasis will be on discussion of key events in our history as seen by different historians. Students completing this course will be prepared to take the AP exam.
     
    Economics
    Grade 12
    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    The students will develop economic reasoning skills in order to apply basic economic concepts, assess problems, and make choices. Students will also have an opportunity to evaluate the choices of others as consumers, workers, and citizens participating in local, national, and global economics.
     
    AP Macro Economics
    Grade 12
    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    In this course, students will study the principles of economics that apply to the functions of both consumers and producers within the overall economics systems.  This course is for highly motivated students who plan on taking the AP Economics exam or who need academic challenge.
     
    US Government and Constitution
    Grade 12
    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    This civics course consists of a study of the federal and state governments and their constitutions. The purpose is to instill a basic knowledge and appreciation of our representative form of government and its development. It will enable the students to think in terms of the national levels of government, paying attention to related current events. Students will acquire knowledge of the responsibility as a citizen to the community, state and nation. The ultimate goal is to help students realize the significance of our American heritage and democracy.
     
    AP US Government and Politics
    Grade 12
    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    This course is for highly motivated students who plan to take the AP government exam or who need academic challenge. The course is a study of the structures and philosophies of government, the American political system, civil rights, and public opinion.
     
    ELECTIVES:
     
    AP Human Geography
    Grades 10-12
    Full year, 1 elective credit
    Human Geography will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students will study at least one of the following regions in depth: Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. This course will prepare students to take the AP Human Geography test.
     
    AP Comparative Government
    Grades 10-12
    Full year, 1 elective credit
    The AP course in Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Six main countries (Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, Great Britain, China, and Iran) are discussed throughout the course to illustrate the different kinds of governments in the world. 
     
    Psychology
    Grades 11-12
    1 semester, 1/2 elective credit
    This course provides the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of psychology in the following areas: methods, approaches, history of psychology, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, the treatment of psychological disorders and social psychology.
     
    AP Psychology
    Grades 11-12
    Full year, 1 elective credit
    This course will prepare students for the AP exam in psychology. It covers all the current objectives of psychology and experimental psychology with the major focus on areas and objectives prescribed by the College Board.
     

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