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Social Studies        
Chairperson: Joelle Keats
 
Building: NASH
Phone: (724) 934-7211
 

 
Courses
 
Grade 9
 
American History 1 (IMPACT)
American History 1
Honors American History 1
European History (IMPACT)
European History
Psychology (elective)
Economics (elective)
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Grade 10
 
 
World Cultures (IMPACT)
AP Human Geography
Psychology (elective) 
Economics (elective)
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Grade 11
 
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THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
No. 2209
Semester/Full Time
Grade 9 Phase I
Credit 1.0
IMPACT
 
Continuing chronologically from where the 8thgrade American History/Cultures course ended, this American Experience course develops the major themes of the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Topics include: Geography (local and national), Immigration, the Rise of Labor, America as a World Power, Prosperity and Depression, and World War II. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills including: note taking, organization, study skills, and reading comprehension, and the development of written language skills.
 
Criteria for Selection -
Students must be recommended by a School Counselor and/or a teacher for the IMPACT Program. An interview process is also in place as a means of selection.
 

 
HISTORY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
No. 2309
Semester/Full Time
Grade 9 Phase I
Credit .5

IMPACT

The History of the Western World develops the major themes of the Western World from the 1500s to 1939. Major topics include: the Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism, French Revolution, Napoleonic Era, Growth of Parliament, Industrialism, Nationalism, World War I, and the Rise of Totalitarianism. Special attention is given to the development of such skills as: note taking, organization, study skills, reading comprehension, and the development of writing skills.

Criteria for Selection -
Students must be recommended by a School Counselor and/or a teacher for the IMPACT Program. An interview process is also in place as a means of selection.
 

 
AMERICAN HISTORY/CULTURES
No. 2409
Semester/Full Time
Grade 9 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5

Continuing chronologically where the 8thgrade course ended, this course covers the time period from 1890-1945. Major topics include Immigration, Reform Movement, Economic Development, the Emergence of the United States as a World Power, the Boom and Collapse of the 1920's, The Great Depression, and World War II. A major objective is the attempt to help students understand contemporary society by illustrating its origins. Examples of local and Pennsylvania history are used in order to demonstrate this connection.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS
No. 2509
Semester/Full Time
Grade 9 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5
The focus of this course is the History of Western Culture. This course will examine the development of European social, economic, and political systems and the geography of the region. Topics covered include: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism, French Revolution, Napoleonic Era, Growth of Parliament, Industrialism, Nationalism, World War I, and the Rise of Totalitarianism.
 
Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY/CULTURES
No. 2408
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grade 9 Phases III, IV
Credit .5

This course focuses on key historical events and problems facing the development of the United States from the New Immigration at the turn of the 20thcentury through World War II. The student will develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques. Emphasis will be placed on dissecting events and information via cultural, political, and social/economical avenues as well as geographic analysis. Throughout the semester, the student will create a combination of projects ranging from oral history research, and multimedia slide shows, to written papers, dramatic presentations, and exploration of career opportunities.

Criteria for Selection -
1. An ‘A' in Social Studies courses.
2. Recommendation of 8th grade Social Studies teacher.
3. Strong reading and writing skills.
 

 
HONORS EUROPEAN HISTORY
No. 2414
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grade 9 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
The 9th Grade Honors European History course focuses on the origins and development of Western Civilization and European Culture from the Middle Ages through 1939, and the evolution of the political, social, religious, and economic institutions in the modern western world. Emphasis will be on analyzing information, writing essays, working with technology, and developing research skills.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. An ‘A' in Social Studies courses.
2. Recommendation of Social Studies teacher.
3. Strong reading and writing skills.
 

 
FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD CULTURES
No. 2210
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 10 Phase I
Credit 1.0
IMPACT
The course provides a review of geographical skills and economic principles. Students are given an overview of cultures from around the world. A multi-disciplinary approach that stresses geography, history, economics, and government is used to explore Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary documents and articles relating to contemporary and global issues and their impact.
 
Criteria for Selection -
Students must be recommended by a School Counselor and/or a teacher for the IMPACT Program. An interview process is also in place as a means of selection.
 

 
WORLD CULTURES
No. 2410
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 10 Phases II, III, IV
Credit 1.0

This course provides a review of geographical skills and economic principles. Students are given an overview of cultures from around the world. A multi-disciplinary approach that stresses geography, history, economics, and government is used to explore Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary documents and articles relating to contemporary and global issues and their impact.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
HONORS WORLD AFFAIRS
No. 2415
Full Year/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grade 10, Phases III, IV
Credit 1.0

Students in this course will examine current world events and investigate a variety of contemporary global issues. The course curriculum will focus on the regions of Far East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe with an emphasis on their history, current economic and political condition, and relationship with the United States. Course work will involve high level reading and writing assignments, extensive research on a variety of topics, the development of problem-solving skills, and the use of logical decision-making techniques.

Criteria for Selection -
1. Final grade of ‘A' in all required 9th grade Social Studies classes or an ‘A' or ‘B' in a 9thgrade Honors level Social Studies course.
2. The recommendations of 9thgrade Social Studies teacher.
 

 
INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
No. 2403
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10 Phases III, IV
Credit .5

Introduction to the Social Sciences combines the perspective of the behavioral and social sciences to identify central themes and fundamental concepts in the areas of Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Forensic Anthropology. Students will utilize the scientific method to compare theories and concepts, and will design, develop, and then analyze simulations in all areas. The broad nature and perspective of this course will establish a basis for further study in 11thand 12thgrade.

Criteria for Selection -
None
 

 
FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMOCRACY I
No. 2211
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 11 Phase I
Credit 1.0

This course is designed to support the needs of 11thgrade students with reading and writing difficulties. Students study Contemporary American Culture by examining the history of our nation from the end of World War II until the Present. Basic social and economic principles are examined in connection with the main events of this period of U.S. history. The primary focus of the course is to assist the student in building and strengthening their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and study skills.

Criteria for Selection -
Students must be recommended by a School Counselor and a Social Studies teacher.
 

 
MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY/CULTURES
No. 2411
Semester - Required/Full Time
Grade 11 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5
This course is the final phase of the American History/Cultures program. The course covers the time period from 1945 to the Present. This required interdisciplinary study emphasizes the present by examining the major events that have impacted our history and culture.
 
Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
No. 2512
Semester - Required/Full Time
Grade 11 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5
The American Constitutional System of Government will be studied with emphasis on its foundation and current stage of development. The role of the individual in relation to the federal, state and local government will be stressed. Aspects of social, economic, and political history of our nation are included to give each student a background for practical application of his/her role as a citizen.
 
Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 

HONORS MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY

No. 2111
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grade 11 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
This Honors course is the final phase of the Modern American History program. The course covers the time period from 1945 to the Present and explores the domestic and foreign policies of each administration and their impact on the citizenry of the United States and the impact to the world. This is a required interdisciplinary study emphasizing critical analytical skills, discussion skills, in-depth reading skills, and writing skills.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. Final grade of ‘A' in all required 10thgrade Social Studies classes or an ‘A' or ‘B' in Honors World Affairs.
2. Recommendation of Social Studies teacher.
3. Students must schedule both Honors American Government and Honors Modern American History/Cultures.
 

 
HONORS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
No. 2811
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grade 11 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
This course examines in detail the Political System of the United States - its history, traditions, values, and institutional framework. Students will develop an understanding of the philosophical foundations upon which the American Political System is based, and the Constitutional frame in which our government operates. Students will utilize readings and case studies to analyze public opinion, political parties, voting patterns, and interest group behavior in our political process. The institutions of the Federal Government - Congress, the Presidency, and Federal Courts, will be explored in-depth, with particular emphasis on Supreme Court cases addressing Civil Rights and Liberties. The course will conclude with discussion and analysis of current critical public policy issues such as social security, health care, immigration, and election reform.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. Final grade of ‘A' in all required 10thgrade Social Studies classes or an ‘A' or ‘B' in Honors World Affairs.
2. Recommendation of Social Studies teacher.
3. Students must schedule both Honors American Government and Honors Modern America History/Cultures.
 

 
AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
No. 2011
Full Year/Full Time AP Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phase IV
Credit 1.5

The Advanced Placement United States History course provides an in-depth study of the major social, economic, political, and technological forces at work in American history. The course is designed to mirror the content and difficulty that can be expected in a typical college survey course. Much reading, discussion, analytical thinking, and evaluation are required. This course meets seven periods per week.

Criteria for Selection -
1. 3.0 or higher academic average or
2. ‘A' grades in 9thand 10thgrade Social Studies courses, and
3. Recommendation of 10thand/or 11thgrade Social Studies teacher(s).
 

 
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
No. 2012
Full Year/Full Time AP Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phase IV
Credit 1.5

This course offers a comprehensive view of European History from the Renaissance (1350) to present day. This challenging, college-level course demands a high level of analytical thinking, class discussion of primary sources, and frequent writing assignments. Major areas of study include politics, economics and diplomacy, as well as special emphasis on the arts, philosophy, and culture. This course meets seven periods per week.

Criteria for Selection -
1. 3.0 or higher academic average.
2. Recommendation from 10thor 11thgrade Social Studies teacher(s).
 

 
AP ECONOMICS
No. 2013
Full Year/Full Time AP Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phase IV
Credit 1.0
The Advanced Placement Economics course will encompass a college-level study of both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. The Microeconomics portion will provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The Macroeconomics portion of the course provides a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. It places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. 3.0 or higher academic average.
2. Recommendation from 10thor 11thgrade Social Studies teacher(s).
 

 
AP PSYCHOLOGY
No. 2014
Full Year/Full Time AP Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phase IV
Credit 1.0

The Advanced Placement course in Psychology is a college-level introduction to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This course will be similar in design, content, and difficulty to a college survey course in Psychology.

Criteria for Selection -
1. 3.0 or higher academic average.
2. Recommendation from 10thor 11thgrade Social Studies teacher(s).
 

 
ECONOMICS
No. 2511
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5
Economics explores the principles and problems of the American economy and offers a review of the consumer and producer as decision-makers. Students will study problems of employment, inflation, supply & demand, monetary & fiscal policy, rational analysis, international trade, and the market economy based upon private enterprise.
 
Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
HONORS AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY:
1945 - Present
No. 2611
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
Honors American Foreign Policy: 1945 - Present, is an honors level course designed to provide the college-bound student with training in the critical analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making skills necessary for lifetime learning. In addition, the course presents extensive background and analysis of recent U.S. foreign policy to enable modern citizens to develope informed views about current international issues.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. Grades of an ‘A' or ‘B' in previous Social Studies courses.
2. Recommendation of Social Studies teacher.
 

 
HONORS HISTORY OF EUROPE AND RUSSIA:
1945­ - Present
No. 2712
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
The major emphasis of this course is placed on key historical problems facing Europe and Russia in the period following World War II: the reconstruction following World War II, the Cold War, political and economic rivalry between Russia and the Eastern Bloc versus Western Europe and the United States 1945-1953. It covers the peaceful coexistence and brinkmanship 1953-1969, détente and improving relations between Eastern and Western Europe 1969-1980, the final decline of communism ending with its collapse in Europe 1981-1992. There is an examination of Western European unity, the political and economic relationships among the European nations, and a comparative study of the democratic parliamentary systems in Western Europe. The Soviet System in Eastern Europe and the evolutionary development of the economic and political systems in Russia and Eastern Europe 1989-present are reviewed. There is an emphasis on the new age of a global economy and interdependence.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. The recommendation of a Social Studies teacher.
2. ‘A' or ‘B' in Social Studies.
 

 
HONORS HISTORY OF EAST ASIA:
1945­ - Present
No. 2711
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12 Phases III, IV
Credit .5
This one-semester survey course covers the historical problems and developments of modern East Asia with an emphasis on the histories of Japan, North and South Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The course will examine current political, democratic and communist experiences of the region and analyze the role of the U.S. in East Asia and the cultural impact of U.S./East Asian relations.
 
Criteria for Selection -
1. The recommendation of a Social Studies teacher.
2. Grades of ‘A' or ‘B' in previous Social Studies courses.
 

 
LAW AND JUSTICE
No. 2412
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12 Phases I, II, III, IV
Credit .5

Law and Justice provides practical information and problem-solving opportunities that develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our legal society. A variety of films, role-plays, mock trials, and small group exercises are utilized. The course includes a visit to criminal court and a juvenile detention center.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
No. 2610
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5

This course is designed to promote a holistic understanding of the richness that multicultural differences offer including an exploration of different cultural perspectives and customs. A historical to present day view of biases, prejudices, and stereotypes will be analyzed. Students will experience local multicultural activities and access local community resources. The focus on the pluralistic nature of the U.S., in conjunction with its free political system will enable students to understand that the United States has special significance to the rest of the world. The richness of the course content will develop a sense of global connectedness, unity, and sameness of all people.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 
SOCIOLOGY
No. 2911
Semester/Full Time
Grade 12 Phases II, III, IV
Credit .5

Sociology is the study of culture, society, and groups within a society. Students will learn about the causes and effects of contemporary social problems confronting society. Through discussions of basic sociological concepts, students will see how human beings become social creatures and how they establish patterns of behavior that make society work.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
 

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMOCRACY 2

No. 2212
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 12 Phase I
Credit 1.0

This course is designed to support the needs of 12thgrade students with reading and writing difficulties. Students study contemporary American culture by examining the American democratic process. Basic political, social, and economic principles are examined in the study of contemporary local, state, and national events and issues. The primary focus of the course is to assist the student in building and strengthening their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and study skills.

Criteria for Selection -
Students must be recommended by a School Counselor and a Social Studies teacher.
 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

No. 2612
Semester/Full Time
Grade 12 Phases III, IV
Credit .5

Psychology examines the complex nature of the human mind and behavior. Major areas of concentration include: psychological models, states of consciousness, learning, personality, and the causes/treatment of abnormal behavior. A variety of assignments and activities are used to enhance the students' comprehension of important concepts and theories.

Criteria for Selection -
None.
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