Semester Exam Schedule

 

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SOCIAL STUDIES
The Social Studies Department invites you to find your place in a great story. In a world connected by technology, citizens must not only understand the events that have shaped their own cultures, but they must have a good understanding of what has shaped others. They must be able to see beyond their own worlds, recognize value in human achievement and be able to evaluate and defend what is worth keeping. Social Studies classes invite students to take part in this epic tale.

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Course Descriptions

 

SS100 WORLD STUDIES
Grade:10          1 Year   1 Credit

This course will emphasize the development of the civilized world. This course will examine the major historical events that shaped world cultures including various government and economic systems, ethical and religious beliefs, and major geographical features.

SS101W AP WORLD HISTORY
Grade:10, 11, 12            1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade  

This course will cover material that spans from c. 8,000 B.C.E. to the present, and is divided into historical periods to allow for depth of understanding. Course themes include: human-environment interactions; development and interactions of cultures; state-building expansion and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; the development and transformation of social structures. Students develop and utilize skills in the same context as historians, such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, reasoning and contextualization, causation, continuity, and change over time, and argumentation. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SS105 AMERICAN/ARIZONA HISTORY
Grade:11          1 Year   1 Credit

This course will examine United States History in a series of nine periods, beginning in 1491 and ending in the present. Course themes include: American and national identity; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; culture and society; migration and settlement; geography and the environment; America in the world. Students develop and utilize skills in the same context as historians, such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, reasoning and contextualization, causation, continuity and change over time, and argumentation.

SS106W AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade: 11, 12     1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Can be taken for dual credit

This course will provide an overview of American History sufficient in scope and depth. This course will cover colonial times to the present day. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SS107W AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
Grades: 11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Can be taken for dual credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will examine European History from 1350 to present. This course introduces students to the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live. The goal of this course is to enable students to develop an understanding of the principal themes in modern European history, to analyze historical events and to express historical understanding in writing. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SS110 ECONOMICS
Grade:12          1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
American/Arizona History or AP United States History

This course will explore microeconomics and macroeconomics, which prepare the student for decision-making within the American Marketing System. Students will study supply and demand, competition, monetary and fiscal policies and economic growth.

SS111 THE STOCK MARKET
Grade:12          1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
American/Arizona History or AP United States History
Fee:
$18.00
This course will meet the District graduation requirement for Economics.

This course will notmeet the NCAA requirements for Social Studies.

This course will explore the American economic system through an examination of the components and operation of the stock market. The major concepts of macro and microeconomics will be taught, and some attention will also be given to current economic trends and events. Students will compete in teams against other high schools in the “Stock Market Game,” sponsored by the Arizona Republic and the National Council for Economic Education. Topics will include supply and demand, profit and loss, capital, business cycles, productivity, circular flow, market economy, saving, unemployment and the Federal Reserve Bank.

 

SS115 AMERICAN/ARIZONA GOVERNMENT
Grade:12          1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
American/Arizona History or AP United States History  

This course will introduce the basic institutions and practices of the American and Arizona systems of government. This course will focus on the rights and the responsibilities of an active and informed citizen.

SS116W AP AMERICAN/ARIZONA GOVERNMENT
Grade:12          1 Semester        1/2 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
American/Arizona History or AP United States History

This course will include an overview of government. Topics will include constitutional government, political parties, civil liberties and rights and interest groups will be studied. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SS117W AP ECONOMICS
Grade:12          1 Semester        1/2 Credit-Weighted Grade

This course will include an overview of economics. An emphasis on microeconomics and macroeconomics will be included. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SS118W WE THE PEOPLE
Grade:11, 12     1 Semester        1/2 Credit-Weighted Grade
This course will meet the District graduation requirement for Government.

This course will address how events in United States history have influenced the role and structure of government, and demonstrate an understanding of how the past influences the present and future. Topics include: philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, how the framers created the Constitution, how the Constitution has been changed, how the Constitution shaped American institutions and practices, the Bill of Rights, and challenges in the 21st century. Students will participate in a simulated congressional hearing as a culminating activity.

SS120 CRIMINAL JUSTICE I
Grades: 10, 11, 12           1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will examine the nature of criminality, including both legal and social aspects. Topics will include the role of citizens, law enforcement and the court system, relative to crime in a democratic society.

SS121 CRIMINAL JUSTICE II
Grades: 10, 11, 12           1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will focus on the criminal trial process and how courtrooms run through mock trials. An examination of basic forensic techniques and practices will be included. Students will continue to examine laws in the United States and around the world, and explore career opportunities in the criminal justice field.

SS135 SOCIOLOGY
Grades:11, 12    1 Semester        1/​ 2 ​Credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will explore various cultures and problems that result from people living in groups. Topics will include cultures, social institutions, collective behavior, social change, social deviation, family, religion, race, poverty, and crime.

SS140 PSYCHOLOGY I
Grades: 11, 12    1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will examine human behavior. Topics will include the history of psychology, and explore the topics of learning and memory, methods of research, states of consciousness and analysis of behavior.

SS141 PSYCHOLOGY II
Grades: 11, 12    1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
Psychology I
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will explore infancy and childhood, adolescence, adulthood, personality theories, psychological testing, stress and health, psychological disorders, methods of therapy, social cognition and social interaction.

SS142W AP PSYCHOLOGY
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Can be taken for dual credit
Elective credit will be issued for this course.

This course will provide the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

 

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