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Social Science Department

Course Descriptions Social Science

AP Human Geography SS221H Grade 9 Year
This class is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface.  Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine the human socioeconomic organization and its environment consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.  Students who take this course are expected to take the College Board AP Human Geography Exam.

World History
PL World History
SDAIE World History

Required of all 10th grade students.
This class will emphasize major historical events from the French Revolution to the 20th century. Students will examine major turning points and conflicts in the shaping of the modern world.

AP World History SS203H Grade 10 Year
Prerequisite: "C" or better in AP Human Geography or recommendation from English department.  All students are required to fill out an application along with the teacher recommendation before consideration.  A writing sample and mandatory meeting are required.
This course is designed for college-bound sophomores. This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination in World History, emphasizing writing and synthesizing skills. Students who take this course are expected to take the College Board AP World History exam. 

SS203 Grade 10 Year SS203P
SS203S
U.S. History
PL U.S. History
SDAIE U.S. History

Required of all 11th grade students.
This course will survey the major events in U.S. History from Industrialism to Modern Times. In depth investigation of topics such as military involvement, reform movements, twentieth century foreign policy and economic influences will be included. Students will learn about contemporary economic, social, and global conditions affecting the United States and the world into the twenty-first century.

AP U.S. History SS211H Grade 11 Year
 
Prerequisite: “B” in World History or “C” in AP World History and All students are required to fill out an application along with the teacher recommendation before consideration. A writing sample and mandatory meeting are required.
In this course, students will examine major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be on the expansion of the Federal Government, growing tensions between the individual and the government, civil rights and women’s rights. America’s role as a world power will also be scrutinized in its historical role as it pertains to today’s world. This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination in U.S. History, emphasizing writing and synthesizing skills. Students who take this course are expected to take the College Board AP U.S. History exam. 

U.S. Government SS214 Grade 12 Semester
SDAIE Government SS214S

Required of all 12th grade students.
This course is designed to inform the student of the U.S. Government’s organization, structure, institutions, citizen’s responsibilities and rights, political practices and government responsibilities and programs. This course covers all three levels of government (i.e., state, local and national). Students will explore critical issues facing the U.S.A. and the world today. This course entails a community service unit.

AP U.S. Government SS216H Grade 12 Year
 
Prerequisite: “C” or better in AP U.S. History. All students are required to fill out an application along with the teacher recommendation before consideration.
This course covers principles of American government and politics, fulfilling the district graduation requirement in government. Emphasis is given to skills, which will lead to success in college, and on the Advanced Placement test on American government and politics. This course entails a community service unit.  Students who take this course are expected to take the College Board AP U.S. Government exam. 

Economics SS218 Grade 12 Semester
SDAIE Economics SS218S

Required of all 12th grade students.
This course will provide the student with an overview of how the individual and government function within the American economy. The law of supply and demand, money, banking and credit, competition vs. conglomeration and comparative economic systems will be studied. Students will be able to understand the roles of labor and big business in the development of the American economic system. This course satisfies the Economics graduation requirement.

AP Psychology SS217H Grades 11-12 Year
Prerequisites: Algebra II and Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better. All students are required to fill out an application along with the teacher recommendation before consideration.
The purpose of this course is to introduce 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 and the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The aim of this course is to provide a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses. Students who take this course are expected to take the College Board AP Psychology exam. 

Social Science Department Staff

 

Esther Campos-Ball, Dept. Chair

Phone:  626-815-3545

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Nestor Calvillo

Phone:  626-815-3546

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Brad Kear

Phone:  626-815-3550

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Cliff Korzep

Phone:  626-815-3547

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Darren Near

Phone:  626-815-3552

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Randy Reid

Phone:  626-815-3548

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