Social Studies

  • All students must complete 3.0 credits to graduate from high school. Required Social Studies course are: Washington State History and Government (typically completed in middle school1), World Studies (1.0 credit), U. S. History (1.0 credit), Civics (0.5 credit), Economics (0.5 credit) 

     

    courses that satisfy the social studies credit requirements

    Economics (SST 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies or Elective 0.5 NCAA Approved

    Economics focuses on Microeconomics and Personal Finance. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, economic systems and decision-making, business organizations, supply and demand, prices, market structures, wages and labor disputes, employment trends and issues, poverty and distribution of income, and personal finance.

     

    Honors Economics (SST 155/156)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 0.5 NCAA Approved

    This course meets the objectives of the economics course, while delving deeper into certain areas and expanding beyond in others, as it relates to the Honors curriculum.

     

    Washington State History and Government (SST 107/108)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 0.5 NCAA Approved

    During this semester course, students will learn about Washington State’s exploration, geography, native populations, fur trade, settlement, Indian wars, statehood, economics, government and the Washington State Constitution. This is a required course for graduation.

     

    World Studies (SST 207/208)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.0 NCAA approved

    World Studies is a combination of the study of world history and current world issues. The study of world history centers on investigating the events of the past and their effect on events today: i.e., ancient India, ancient China, rise of Islam, Europe since the Renaissance and Africa and Latin America since the postclassical period. The investigation of current world issues is dictated by events and issues that dominate world discourse: i.e., regional and world conflicts, environmental problems, world economy, human rights, population, etc. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the historical background and possible resolution of major current issues.

     

    Advanced Placement World History (SST 463/464/565)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA approved

    In this college level course, students explore five themes in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. Students will investigate specific historical figures, groups, events, developments, and processes—and associated primary and secondary sources—from the rise of civilizations to the modern era. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    U.S. Studies (SST 205/206)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11

    Credit: Social Studies 1.0 NCAA approved

    Students will examine basic features of United States history during the period of 1877 to the present. The catalyst for studying this period in United States history will be the themes of change, national identity, power, authority and governance and global connections. The course will include, but not be limited to, the following: industrialization, immigration, reform, World War I, depression and the New Deal, World War II, civil rights, the Vietnam War and world periods. Within this survey course considerable attention will be given to formation and development of geography competency skills, analyzing primary and secondary sources, bias detection, essay writing and presentation skills.

     

    Honors U.S. Studies (SST 251/252)

    Grade Level: 10

    Credit: Social Studies 1.0 NCAA approved

    Students will examine basic features of United States history during the period of 1877 to the present. The catalyst for studying this time in United States history will be the themes of change, national identity, power, authority and governance and global connections. Students will use the information to broaden their understanding of issues of the day. Participants will read appropriate literature, write analysis and research papers and develop presentation skills.

     

    Advanced Placement U.S. History (SST 471/472/573)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. Students will study a comprehensive survey of United States history from pre-colonial through the twentieth century. The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the issues in United States history. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Civics (SST 201/202)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 0.5 NCAA approved

    This course is designed to give students a foundation in local, state and federal political systems that include, but are not limited to, fundamentals of the United States Constitution; political processes and the separate functions of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; political culture; party systems; interest groups; bureaucracies; institutions (military, etc.); civil society; media roles; public policy (civil liberties, rights). Emphasis will be on the study of local government and factors influencing public policy making in the United States and other nations in the world.

     

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: U.S. (SST 467/468/569)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. Students will study American politics and the processes of government that help shape our public policies. This is a course about political science, theories, ideas, and knowledge that explains political behavior. It emphasizes analysis and an explanation of the abstract process of how government works. State or local government will not be included in this course, only the federal system. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: Comparative (SST 469/470/571)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This fast paced course is designed to give students a foundation in comparative governmental and political concepts that include, but are not limited to, sovereignty, authority, power, political institutions, civil society, media, political and economic change, and public policy in several select countries.

    Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.


     

    SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES

     

    Contemporary World Issues (SST 401/402)

    Grade Level: 12

    Credit: Social Studies 0.5 NCAA approved

    This is the study of international, national and local issues through a lens that allows for respect and recognition of diversity. The issues of cultural ethnicity, sexism, discrimination, and global diversity are examined in economic, sociological, political and civic contexts.

     

    Ancient Humanities (SST 209)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies Elective .05 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Willingness to read extensively, research exhaustively, discuss insightfully and present findings enthusiastically.

    From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: students study the meaning of human life through prehistoric, Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Christian Middle Ages cultures. In each course students will read research, discuss and make presentations while studying anthropology, archeology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, theology, mythology, art, music, literature, science and math.

     

    Modern Humanities (SST 210)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies Elective .05 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Willingness to read extensively, research exhaustively, discuss insightfully and present findings enthusiastically.

    From Renaissance to Artificial Intelligence: students study cultural revolutions spurred by science through the Renaissance and Enlightenment into the 21st Century. In each course students will read research, discuss and make presentations while studying anthropology, archeology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, theology, mythology, art, music, literature, science and math.

     

    Psychology (SST 303/304)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies or Elective 1.0 NCAA approved

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. The course covers attitudes and social influence, stress, conflict and adjustment in society, personality theories, and psychological research.

     

    Advanced Placement Psychology (SST 479/480/581 or CTP 469/470/571)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies, Occupational/CTE or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This fast paced course is designed to give students a foundation in psychological concepts. Topics include, but are not limited to, an in-depth study of research methodology, biopsychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, disorders, treatments and social/cultural psychology with particular attention to overall measurement tools. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Advanced Placement Human Geography (SST 481/482/583)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organizations and their environmental consequences. Additionally, they are exposed to the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Sociology (SST 307/308)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies or Elective 0.5 NCAA approved

    Sociology is the study of human group behavior. Students will develop an understanding of citizenship through the study of social patterns and the nature of group dynamics.

     

    Social Justice (SST 311)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies or Elective 0.5 NCAA approved

    The Social Justice class seeks to explore issues of race, gender, class, and religion. Students will examine various types of privilege and power, how it benefits those in the majority and provides obstacles for others. We will create a framework for better understanding ourselves, others, and society.

     

    Social Studies

    Advanced Placement Microeconomics (SST 475/476/577)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA Approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and work load. This fast paced course is designed to give students a foundation in microeconomic concepts including, but not limited to, the nature and functions of product markets (elasticity, marginality, supply, demand, monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition), factors market (labor, income), market failures (externalities) and role of government (public goods, equity). Emphasis will be on the presentation of economic data in various modes. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Advanced Placement Macroeconomics (SST 473/474/575)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA Approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and work load. This fast paced course is designed to give students a foundation in macroeconomic concepts including, but not limited to, macroeconomic issues business cycle, (unemployment, inflation, growth), measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, financial sector (banks, money demand), stabilization policies (fiscal and monetary policies, supply and demand effects), international trade and finance. Emphasis will be on the presentation of economic data in various modes. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Advanced Placement European History (SST 465/466/567)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Social Studies 1.5 NCAA approved

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. Students will study a comprehensive survey of European history. The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the issues in history. Completion of the Advanced Placement exam is required.

     

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