Social Studies


  • Social Studies Department Vision Statement: The vision of the Social Studies Department at SASD will focus on instilling the values of civic duties and responsibilities, promoting citizenship, encourage cultural diversity, and draw parallels using the United States as a frame of reference. Students will study geographic, social, political, and economic issues that shaped the world we live in today, and develop in students the values that assist in the creation of a more productive society.

     TITLE: Civics                                                                         Credit: 1    

    Course Number: 0211                                                             Grade: 9

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Civics/Economics is a freshman level course created to introduce students to the inner workings of our government and to develop a basic understanding of economics.  The course is designed to provide students with real world applications of political and economic functions. Concepts such as supply and demand, money and banking, the branches of government, and functions of democracy will be the primary focus of the course.

     

    TITLE: Honors Civics                                                            Credit: 1    

    Course Number: 0212                                                             Grade: 9

    Prerequisite: “A” or “B” in prior history class                        Difficulty Rating: 2

    Description: Honors Civics is a freshmen level accelerated course created to introduce students to the inner workings of our government and to develop a basic understanding of economics.  The course is designed to provide students with real world applications of political and economic functions. Concepts such as supply and demand, money and banking, the branches of government, and functions of democracy will be the primary focus of the course.  This class will be more writing intensive and help students to develop the critical reading and research skills necessary for college.

     

    TITLE: Modern World History                                              Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0221                                                             Grade: 10

    Prerequisite: Civics                                                                 Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This is a yearly course of Modern World History, where students will study World History since the End of WWII (1950) through Current World Issues. Among the topics they will investigate are the Cold War, the rise of extremism, rise of Chinese Influence, emerging markets, and various regional conflicts that impact the world today. In addition to learning the history of this era, students learn basic geography, communication skills and critical thinking skills that will assist the student in becoming a more aware and contributing citizen of the world.

     

    TITLE: AP Human Geography                                              Credit: 1

    Course Number:  0215/0216                                                   Grade: 10

    Prerequisite: *                                                              Difficulty Rating: 3 (test)/2 (no test)

    * Students must attain a 3.0 overall grade point average and take Honors English. 
    Description: The purpose of this course 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 gain knowledge of the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. The course teaches the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space. The course teaches students how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models. GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images, though not required, can be used effectively in the course. The course teaches spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. The intent is to challenge young students with a college level course.

     

    TITLE: United States History II                                            Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0231                                                             Grade: 11

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1                  Description: United States History II is an extension of previous courses in United States History.  The course will focus on industrialization and its effects on American society and political processes; immigration, urbanization, and the changing demographics of the United States; Progressivism and the struggle for social justice; change and continuity in U.S. foreign policy; World War I; social changes in the 1920s; the Great Depression and the New Deal; World War II; post-war affluence and social change including the Cold War, anti-communism, and civil rights; the Vietnam War and the Great Society; and the political realignment of the Reagan years and other historically recent events.  Although not as writing intensive as the AP course, students will still be challenged with writing assignments throughout the year in order to prepare them for the P.S.S.A.

    TITLE: AP United States History                                          Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0225/0226                                                    Grade: 11

    Prerequisite:  *                                                             Difficulty Rating: 3 (test)/2 (no test)

    *AP Human Geography and encouraged to take AP English 11 or Honors English 11. 

    Description: The course is designed to be a college-style course.  Students may receive college credit on a national exam offered near the end of the academic year.  The course will cover social studies concepts, historical eras and events, culture, and people relating to American History from the exploration of the New World to events in the present day.  The course is divided as follows: 17% to 1815; 50% from 1815-1920; and 33% from 1920 to present.  The APUSH course will be writing intensive in order to prepare students for the rigors of the AP exam. 

    TITLE: Geography                                                                 Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0241                                                             Grade: 12

    Prerequisite:  US History II                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This course is dedicated to a study of the world around us. The class starts with an introduction to geography, in which students will learn the five themes of geography, the features that define the earth, the climate patterns of the earth, how to study peoples and cultures of the earth and how to use various geographic tools.  Students will study the cultural, social, economic regions of the world and how they relate to the United States.  We will examine the political structures of certain regions of the world.  Students will also analyze how location affects economic activities in different systems throughout the world.  Students will identify the processes that influence the world’s political divisions and they will analyze how different points of view affect public policies.  Students will compare how components of culture shape the regional characteristics of countries.  The course will ask students to study the impact of technology and human modifications on the physical environment.

     

    TITLE: AP Psychology                                                          Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0232/0233                                                    Grade: 12

    Prerequisite: “A” or “B” in US History II/APUSH                Difficulty Rating: 3 (test)/2 (no test)

    Description:  The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

     TITLE: History of American Warfare                                    Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0251                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Civics                                                                Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: History of American Warfare is a course designed as a survey of military history and the interaction between society and military institutions, technology and techniques, from 1885 to the present. The course will study the interrelationships of warfare, technology and society in American history. The course will focus on such questions as how changing "styles" of warfare, the composition of the military establishment (militias, citizen armies, paid professionals, mercenaries), and the transformations in military technology have impacted upon state and society. Conversely, it will also investigate how political and societal changes have influenced the nature of warfare in American history.

     TITLE: History vs. Hollywood                                              Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0252                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Civics                                                                Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: History vs. Hollywood is an elective course designed to challenge students in their ability to critically evaluate historical-based movies on the actual historical events in question.  In addition, this course will cultivate a cultural approach to analyzing movies, as students will learn why directors and writers do certain things within a movie in order to elicit an emotional response, tell a story within a story, and distinguish between the tone and action of a movie.  Students will watch films from various time periods from ancient man to the present day.  Students wishing to take the course need to be prepared to engage in discussions on the movie, conduct outside research on their own, and prepare a multimedia presentation with a group that will be presented to the class. 

     

    TITLE: Psychology                                                                 Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0250                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Civics                                                                Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Surveys the major principles of psychology. Introduces the history of psychology, human development, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology, feelings and emotions, research methodologies, experimental psychology, learning and memory, psychophysiology, altered states of awareness, sleep and dreams, and industrial and organizational psychology.

     

    TITLE: Sociology                                                                   Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0248                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Civics                                                                 Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Sociology is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand the culture, interactions, and social institutions of mankind.  Students will analyze the basic themes in sociological research and inquiry, evaluate the role and behavior of individuals in society, discuss socialization and interaction, explore the different types of social groups and organizations, and examine issues faced in society.