Social Studies Department

Teachers

Teacher - Social Studies
Mr. Dean Castellini
Teacher, Director of Student Activities, Head Cheerleading Coach
Ms. Mary DeMasi
Teacher - Social Studies, Dept. Chair
Ms. Nicole Roper

Grade 9

211 – World History (H)

1 credit

Honors

This course is designed to be academically challenging. A history of major world civilizations designed to explore the development of the modern global community and the spread of ideologies and cultures. The curriculum employs transnational themes to provide connections which transcend time, space, and disciplines and which promote the use of historical critical thinking skills to explore global patterns of change over time. Acquiring these skills will enable students to analyze and interpret historical events in depth and to apply their understanding to a variety of historical contexts.

212 – World History

1 credit

College Prep

A history of major world civilizations designed to explore the development of the modern global community and the spread of ideologies and cultures. The curriculum employs transnational themes to provide connections which transcend time, space, and disciplines and which promote the use of historical critical thinking skills to explore global patterns of change over time. Acquiring these skills will enable students to analyze and interpret historical events in depth and to apply their understanding to a variety of historical contexts.

Grade 10

221 – American Government and Politics (H)

1 credit

Honors

This course is a comprehensive examination of the supreme and fundamental characteristics of the American Governmental system. Its study involves the origins, development, principles, organization, powers, functions and actual workings and processes of American Government. This course emphasizes political theory, philosophy, and the nature of government. This course is designed to give a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of the Government of the United States with is essential to all American.

221 – American Government and Politics

1 credit

College Prep

This course is a comprehensive examination of the supreme and fundamental characteristics of the American Governmental system. Its study involves the origins, development, principles, organization, powers, functions and actual workings and processes of American Government. This course emphasizes political theory, philosophy, and the nature of government. This course is designed to give a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of the Government of the United States with is essential to all American.

Grade 11

230 – AP American History
231 – American History (H)

1 credit
1 credit

AP
Honors

This course is designed to offer an academic challenge which will prepare the student for college level work and the Advanced Placement Examination. The student will come to an understanding of the major periods in the history of our country. By studying movements, issues, personalities, politics and government, historical events are placed in a meaningful context. The student will be given experiences in research. Students who apply and are accepted for AP are required to do additional assignments and take the AP exam in May.
Prerequisite: Approval by the present Social Studies teacher. Summer assignments are required.

232 – American History: The Modern Era

1 credit

College Prep

This course is a study of United States History from the reconstruction era to the present. The course will continue to develop students’ research and academic skills by focusing on the major economic, social, and political, events in United States History.

Students will analyze the basic characteristics and development of government and economic systems. Utilizing this knowledge, students will analyze the relationship between political and economic institutions in various countries and the effect these institutions have on domestic and international policies.

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. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Comparison assists both in identifying problems and in analyzing policymaking. For example, we only know that a country has a high population growth rate or serious corruption when we compare it to other countries. Careful comparison of political systems produces useful knowledge about the policies countries have effectively initiated to address problems, or, indeed, what they have done to make things worse. We can compare the effectiveness of policy approaches to poverty or overpopulation by examining how different countries solve similar problems. Furthermore, by comparing the political institutions and practices of wealthy and poor countries, we can begin to understand the political consequences of economic well being. Finally, comparison assists explanation. Why are some countries stable democracies and not others? Why do many democracies have prime ministers instead of presidents?

Grade 12

244 – Living Psychology

1 credit

College Prep

This course focuses on individuals’ behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Specifically, this class will show how events from childhood influence adolescence and affect adulthood. In addition, it will look at the differences between childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in terms of morality, emotions, relationships, and their own identity.

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