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    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

     

    REQUIRED COURSES

     

    WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY (or see Advanced Placement World History, Cultures, & Geography)

    10 Credits / Grade 10

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (b); CSU (g); UC (a)

     

    World History, Cultures, and Geography covers the California Content Standards in World History.  This is a one-year course designed to introduce students to the study of geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of selected time periods and nation states.  After a review of the social sciences, the course will focus on unresolved problems, the rise of democracy, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, and totalitarianism, and concludes with Nationalism in the Contemporary World.

     

    SDAIE WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY

    10 Credits / Grade 10                                                                                              

    Prerequisite:  CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

    HS (b)

     

    SDAIE World History, Cultures, and Geography covers the California Content Standards in World History.  This is a one-year course designed to introduce students to the study of geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of selected time periods and nation states.  After a review of the social sciences, the course will focus on unresolved problems, the rise of democracy, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, and totalitarianism, and concludes with Nationalism in the Contemporary World (see course outline).  Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

     

    UNITED STATES HISTORY (or see Advanced Placement U.S. History)

    10 Credits / Grade 11

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

     

    United States History covers the California Content Standards in History.  This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of the United States in the world, linking the past to the present.  The course is designed in a two-semester format to be taken in the junior year.  Emphasis will be placed on skills development (critical thinking, essay writing, map skills).  The focus of the course will be from 1880 to the present.

     

    SDAIE UNITED STATES HISTORY

    10 Credits / Grade 11

    Prerequisite:  CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

    HS (b)

     

    SDAIE United States History covers the California Content Standards in History.  This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of the United States in the world, linking the past to the present.  The course is designed in a two-semester format.  Emphasis will be placed on skills development (critical thinking, essay writing, map skills).  The focus of the course will be from 1880 to the present.  Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

     

    AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

     

    American Political Tradition is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in American Government.  As such, it covers features of our United States political systems - national, state, and local.  The intent has been to provide a course which is conceptual and interdisciplinary in approach.  While emphasizing political science, it includes insights from psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, and economics.

     

    SDAIE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

     

    SDAIE American Political Tradition is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in American Government.  As such, it covers features of our United States political systems - national, state, and local.  The intent has been to provide a course which is conceptual and interdisciplinary in approach.  While emphasizing political science, it includes insights from psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, and economics.  Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

     

    ECONOMICS

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  None

    HS (b); CSU / UC (g)

     

    Economics is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in Economics.  It is designed to provide students with the tools of economic analysis in order to better understand personal, community, national, and international economic issues.  The student will be provided an overview of macro economic and micro economic principles, as well as relevant consumer economic information.

     

    SDAIE ECONOMICS

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

    HS (b); CSU / UC (g)

     

    SDAIE Economics is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in Economics.  It is designed to provide students with the tools of economic analysis in order to better understand personal, community, national, and international economic issues.  The student will be provided an overview of macro economic and micro economic principles, as well as relevant consumer economic information.  Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

     

     

    ELECTIVE COURSES

     

    PSYCHOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  3.25 GPA or teacher approval

    HS (b); CSU (g); UC (g)

     

    Advanced Placement Psychology provides the student with an introduction to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior.  The course covers the basic facts, principles and methods of the major subfields of psychology including human development, biological bases of behavior, learning, emotion, mental health and illness, forms of therapy, sensation and perception, personality theory, and social psychology.  Students will also practice several of the research methods psychologists use in their science practice.  Students who complete this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

     

    HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grades 9, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  2.5 GPA

    HS (b); CSU (g); UC (g) pending

     

    The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.  Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  Students who complete this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

     

    WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grade 10

    Prerequisite:  (1) Student must earn an A or B in English; (2) 3.0 GPA or teacher approval; (3) Writing sample submitted by student to AP teacher for evaluation

    HS (b); CSU (g); UC (a)

     

    The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.  The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.  The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence.  The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage.  Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course.  Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.  Students enrolling in this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

     

    UNITED STATES HISTORY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grade 11

    Prerequisite:  (1) Student must earn an A or B in both World History and English; (2) 3.0 GPA or teacher approval; (3) Writing sample submitted by student to AP instructors for evaluation

    HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

     

    The purpose of this course is to provide an intensive study of United States history to prepare the student for the advanced placement test in this field.  The student may take a test at the end of the course and receive college credit.  This course meets the U. S. History requirement or may be taken as an elective by 12th grade students.  Students are prepared for the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

     

    EUROPEAN HISTORY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    10 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  3.25 GPA or teacher approval

    CSU (g); UC (a)

     

    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, and 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 AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.  Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

     

    UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

    HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

     

    This course gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It 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. Topics of study may include constitutional underpinnings of United States Government, political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties.  Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

     

    MACROECONOMICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

    5 Credits / Grade 12

    Prerequisite:

    HS (b); CSU / UC (g)

     

    Advanced Placement Macroeconomics gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.  Topics of study may include basic economic concepts; measurement of economic performance; national income and price determination; financial sector, inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies; economic growth and productivity; and open economy.  Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

     

    CRIMINAL LAW

    5 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

     

    Who are the criminals?  What are they like?  Why do people commit crimes?  Is it their past, greed, passion?  What are the criminal laws, what happens as you go through the criminal legal system?  Criminal Law examines these questions and challenges you to participate using your own values in a variety of methods of learning including simulated criminal trials.  Students who wish to try out for the Criminal Law Mock Trial Team are strongly urged to take this course.

     

    HISTORY AND THE FUTURE

    5 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    CSU / UC (g)

     

    History and the Future involves the study of topics like space, technology, social media, bio-medicine, the environment, and globalization, as well as an analysis of their future implications.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the concept of change, problem-solving, and looking at options for the future (both societal and personal) through critical thinking, class discussion, and developing creative projects.

     

     

    MILITARY HISTORY

    5 Credits / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    CSU / UC (g)

     

    This course will present to the student the military history of the United States by studying wars, campaigns, and battles.  It will also include the critical developments in tactics, generalship, doctrine, and technology used in war.

     

    PSYCHOLOGY

    5 Credits / Grades 11*-12

    Prerequisite:  A junior/senior-level course; *juniors will be admitted with counselor approval

    CSU / UC (g)

     

    This course is designed to offer the student an opportunity to gain greater insight into human behavior.  The course stresses the growth and development of personality.  Attitudes and their effect on learning are included in the study.

     

    SOCIOLOGY (2nd semester only)

    5 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    CSU / UC (g)

     

    Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior.  Students learn to view society as a set of related and interacting groups.  In doing so, they develop an intellectual process of dealing with social problems.  Major concepts covered in Sociology are socialization, institutions, and stratification.
     
    Revised 2/22/13