Social Studies

  • REQUIRED COURSES

    WORLD HISTORY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS004, QSS005
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    This course surveys the major ideas, personalities and events, which have been important to the development of modern civilization. The course emphasizes the development of society during the last three centuries with references to past civilization and their influence on the modern world.

    WORLD HISTORY 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QSS094, QSS095
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    Social Studies Honors classes have more rigorous expectations of students. The learning pace is accelerated. More in-depth reading, writing, and thinking are required. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS096, QSS097
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    This course surveys the major ideas, personalities and events, which have been important to the development of modern civilization. The course emphasizes the development of society during the last three centuries with references to past civilization and their influence on the modern world. This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

    US HISTORY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS113, QSS114
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    Studies include historical and multicultural aspects of the State, economic development and trade, the democratic idea, international trade, encouraging participatory citizenship, Native American history and culture will be examined.

    US HISTORY 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QSS193, QSS194
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    Social Studies Honors classes have more rigorous expectations of students. The learning pace is accelerated. More in-depth reading, writing and thinking are required. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS393, QSS394
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    This course content is comparable to that contained in the first year of college U.S. History. Taking the Advanced Placement U.S. History test is an option of the student.

    CIVICS/CONTEMPORARY WORLD PROBLMES

    Course Code: QSS201, QSS202
    Prerequisite: 12th grade
    Students engage in a yearlong course deepening their understanding of civics and the contemporary issues facing our world. Students begin the year with a study of self-government and the necessary participation of informed and responsible citizens to maintain a democratic republic. Students then apply the understandings gained through civics to issues of social justice and human rights throughout the global community. Students analyze issues of unfairness and inequality to determine how people, policies, practices, curricula, and institutions may be used to liberate rather than oppress those least served by national and international decision making. Students investigate the interdependent economic world; how countries make decisions regarding scare resources and how such decisions can lead to international cooperation or conflict. Finally, students analyze current global conflicts, seeking to understand the causes for these conflicts and possible pathways to resolution.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

    Course Code: QSS301
    Prerequisite: 12th grade and U.S. History
    What are the tools and techniques of modern American government? Students take an active part in organizing and interpreting data, and in the processes of making value judgments and policy decisions in political affairs. Through case studies, simulations and models, students learn to approach the issues of the day. Students will study the issues analytically to verify factual claims and consider value claims rationally. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

    Elective Courses


    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ECONOMICS-MACRO

    Course Code: QSS008
    (Social Studies or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price determination, and also developing familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ECONOMICS-MICRO

    Course Code: QSS007
    (Social Studies or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The Microeconomics course provides students with 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.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS111, QSS112
    (Social Studies or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will study the history of psychology, research methods, the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behavior and its treatment, and social psychology. By the end of this course students will be prepared to take and pass the AP Psychology Test. Successfully passing the AP exam allows this class to be counted as a required college class.

    PSYCHOLOGY 1,2

    Course Code: QSS106, QSS109
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    Human behavior is studied in this course. What causes people to act the way they do? What influences the development of a unique personality? How do we learn? Why are there differences in intelligence?

    SOCIOLOGY

    Course Code: QSS110
    Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade
    This class is a study of human groups and the societies they form. Since what we are depends on the groups to which we belong, sociology gives you a new perspective of yourself. What causes people to behave differently in groups? If you found differences in behavior among young people in different times and places how would you explain such differences? Why is the social world built around institutions–certain ways of organizing family life, work life, political life, religious life and the like? How does social change come about? How could prejudice among groups be reduced?