Social Studies

Chris VanDuyne

Social Studies Lead Teacher

Ms. Kris VanDuyne

Girls in class

The study of history, geography, economics, government and civics is the study of humanity, of people and events that have individually and collectively shaped our nation and the world. A strong and effective social studies program helps students make sense of the world in which they live, allows them to make connections between major ideas and their own lives, and it helps them see themselves as active members of a global community. While knowledge of content is very important, it is equally important to engage our students in historical thinking. Students engaged and challenged to think like historians, raise questions, think critically, consider many perspectives and gather evidence in support of their interpretations as they draw upon chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, historical research, and decision-making. These are the skills that will serve them well as participating citizens of a democracy.

Middle School

Grade 6

The grade 6 Social Studies core curriculum:

  • Emphasizes the interdependence of all people living in the Eastern Hemisphere.
  • Focuses on geography and economics. The geography and economics standards are used to develop relationships and understandings about social/cultural, political, and historic aspects of life in the Eastern Hemisphere.
  • Focuses on major turning points of the Eastern Hemisphere that lead into the grade 7 social history of the United States.
  • Develops lessons and activities based on specific examples of nations and regions in the Eastern Hemisphere. Content examples should include cultures other than the student’s own, and a variety of geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial groups.
  • Highly recommends that lessons also compare and contrast specific information with similar data from the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
  • Impacts social studies teaching and learning in global history and geography, economics, and participation in government.

Grade 7

The grade 7 Social Studies core curriculum:

  • Native Americans
  • Exploration & Colonization
  • The American Revolution
  • The Formation of Government
  • The New & Growing Nation
  • Slavery & Sectionalism
  • The American Civil War & Reconstruction

Grade 8

The grade 7 Social Studies core curriculum:

  • Industrialization
  • Immigration & Urbanization
  • Progressive Movement
  • Imperialism
  • World War I
  • Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights

High School

The 6-12 Social Studies Department at CCSD aspires to develop civic-minded students having a depth of historical knowledge of the United States and the World.

High School Social Studies Courses

0102 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 9

0102 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 9

Full Year 1 unit Grade 9

Global History and Geography 9 is a course that allows the student the opportunity to study the cultural regions of the world within a framework that is designed to develop a global perspective. This two-year sequence is arranged chronologically beginning with the Paleolithic Era and the development of the first civilizations, continues with an examination of classical societies, and traces the expansion of trade networks and their global impact. Emphasis is on the key themes of interactions over time, shifts in political power, and the role of belief systems. The course continues into Grade 10 with a Regents Exam in Global History and Geography.

0115 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 9 HONORS

0115 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 9 HONORS

Full Year 1 unit Grade 9

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation & a minimum 85% final average in Grade 8 Social Studies

This is a Pre-AP/IB course

Global History and Geography 9 Honors is a course that allows the student the opportunity to study the cultural regions of the world within a framework that is designed to develop a global perspective. This two-year sequence is arranged chronologically beginning with the Paleolithic Era and the development of the first civilizations, continues with an examination of classical societies, and traces the expansion of trade networks and their global impact. Emphasis is on the key themes of interactions over time, shifts in political power, and the role of belief systems. Students eligible for this course are those that are highly motivated and have demonstrated success in ELA and Social Studies. There will be intensive writing in this course. Students successful in Honors 9 may be recommended for Global History and Geography 10 Honors during their sophomore year. Students will take a Regents Examination in Global History and Geography at the end of their sophomore year. This course is encouraged for students who plan to take upper level social studies courses such as AP US or IB History starting in the junior year. No college credit can be earned from this course of study.

0116 AP WORLD HISTORY 9 0118 AP WORLD HISTORY 10

0116 AP WORLD HISTORY 9

0118 AP WORLD HISTORY 10

Possible 6 college credits

Cost: Approximately $91 (In Grade 10)

Two Years 2 units Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation & a minimum 90% final average in Grade 8 Social Studies

AP World History is a two year college level course that offers a truly balanced global coverage with Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe each represented. Chronologically, the period between 8000 B.C.E. to the present is covered. The course relies heavily on college-level texts, primary source documents, and outside readings. Students will be required to participate in class discussions and in group, as well as individual, projects. A special emphasis will be given to historical writing through essay and document-based questions. In addition, objective exams, simulations, and integrated computer technology assignments will be given. All students in this course may take the AP World History Exam in May of the sophomore year and all students in the course must take the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography in June of the sophomore year. This course should be approached as a two year commitment for incoming freshman. This course is highly recommended for students who are interested in entering the Academy’s International Baccalaureate Degree program in their junior year.

0113 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 10

0113 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 10

Full Year 1 unit Grade 10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9.

Global History and Geography 10 allows students the opportunity to continue to study the world within a framework that is designed to develop a global perspective. This is arranged chronologically beginning with the year 1750 and continues through modern times. Emphasis is on the key themes of interactions over time, shifts in political power, and the role of belief systems. The course emphasizes the student’s understanding of current world problems and issues. Research, document interpretation, writing, and public speaking skills are also developed. A final assessment will be a Regents Exam in Global History and Geography in June.

0117 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 10 HONORS

0117 GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 10 HONORS

Full Year 1 unit Grade 10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H and Teacher Recommendation.

This is a Pre-AP/IB course

Global History and Geography 10 Honors is intended to provide students with an academic challenge and in-depth exploration of the geography, economics, political and social histories from the year 1750 to mordern times. Students eligible for this course are those that are highly motivated and have demonstrated success in Global History and Geography 9 or Honors 9. There will be intensive writing in this honors course. Students who are successful in Global History and Geography Honors 10 may be recommended for either AP United States History or IB History of the Americas. A final assessment will include a Regents Exam in June. This course in encouraged for students who plan to take upper level social studies courses such as AP US or IB History starting in the junior year. No college credit can be earned from this course of study.

0123 UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT 11

0123 UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT 11

Full Year 1 unit Grade 11

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9 and 10.

United States History and Government presents the student with a chronological overview of this history of our nation with emphasis placed on the history of the United States since 1865. The study of the U.S. Constitution and the workings of the United States government are a major focus of the course. Requirements in this course include a research project and a Regents Exam in United States History and Government in June.

0132 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

0132 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Possible 6 college credits

Cost: Approximately $91

Full Year 1 unit Grade 11

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H and 10/10H, a grade of 80% or higher on the Global History and Geography Regents Exam, and Teacher Recommendation.

AP United States History will meet for a double period every other day for a full year. The course is a chronological history of economic, political, diplomatic, social and cultural history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the present. Extensive reading, writing, and research are required. Seminars conducted by the teacher and students are a regular feature of this course. All students in this course may take the AP United States History exam in the spring, and all juniors in the course must take the Regents exam in United States History and Geography in June. Students may earn up to six hours of college credit for this course depending on their AP Examination results.

0147 IB HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS 11 – HL

0147 IB HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS 11 – HL

Possible 6 college credits at the completion of year 2

Cost: IB Subject Fee

Full Year 1 unit Grade 11

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H and 10/10H, a grade of 80% or higher on the Global History and Geography Regents Exam, and Teacher Recommendation.

The History of the Americas is the first year of a two year sequence fulfilling the International Baccalaureate’s Individual and Society requirement. The course, which meets will meet for a double period every other day for a full year, combines a chronological focus during a one hundred year period from approximately 1860 – 1960. Special attention is paid to developments in the United States, Canada, and Latin America in the areas of slavery, economic development, foreign policy, and civil rights. Students in the IB Diploma program must continue their sequence by taking 20th Century Topics during senior year. Extensive reading, writing, and research are important components of this course. Additionally, students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and seminars. Students will take the Regents in United States History and Government exam at the end of this course and the IB assessment at the end of the second year of the sequence.

0134 ECONOMICS 12

0134 ECONOMICS 12

Half Year ½ unit Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H, 10/10H, and US History.

Economics is a survey of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, the major elements of economic systems, and the roles of various components of those systems, including the consumer, business, product and factor markets, supply and demand, money and banking, and the government. There is an emphasis on economic decision-making at all levels throughout the course. An Economics- related research project is required of each student in this course.

0145 AP MACRO ECONOMICS

0145 AP MACRO ECONOMICS

Possible 3 college credits

Cost: Approximately $91

Full Year ½ unit Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H, 10/10H, and US History, 80% or higher on the US History and Government Regents Exam, and Teacher Recommendation.

Macroeconomics will meet every other day for a full year. The course content is designed to help students develop critical-thinking skills through understanding, application, analysis, and evaluation of fundamental economic concepts. Students will be expected to apply the logic of economics to a wide variety of real-world and hypothetical economic problems and propose solutions to these problems based on their knowledge of contemporary economics theory. This course prepares students for the AP Macroeconomics examination in May. Dependin

0151 IB - ECONOMICS – SL/HL

0151 IB - ECONOMICS – SL/HL

Possible 6 college credits

Cost: IB Subject Fee

Two Years 2 units Grades 11-12

Students will be prepared to take the AP exams in Micro and Macro Economics at the end of the first year of IB Economics. This course of study in IB Economics HL will emphasize concepts students need to understand in order to develop the skills necessary to become a productive citizen of the world community. An emphasis will be placed on the issue of economic development with the belief that the study of economics is part of the solution to the problems associated with world poverty. Among the challenges common to all societies is the search for acceptable levels of economic well-being. This quest remains with us, not only because of the vast gulf separating the poorest and richest inhabitants of our planet, but also because of the limits to resources, time and human effort. A study of neo-classical micro and macro economics will give the student the tools to analyze world economic problems and ultimately propose solutions to these problems. This course is recommended for those students pursuing a business major in college and/or the IB Diploma. Students may choose one or two years of study and this meets the New York State requirement for economics. Students will complete a portfolio as well as the IB Economics HL examination in May.

0137 PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT 12

0137 PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT 12

Half Year ½ unit Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H, 10/10H, and US History.

Participation in Government is a course designed to help students better understand and more actively participate in the democratic process. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction between citizens and government at the local, state and national level. Opportunities will be provided in the course to not only study the decision-making process of our society, but also to participate in the process in various ways. Students will learn to make educated judgments on issues in society and public policy. In addition, the course is designed to develop the skills of leadership necessary to develop and implement reforms within the school and community. Students will develop skills in communication and public speaking, group dynamics, negotiation/compromise, and goal setting. A community service project is required.

0155 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

0155 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Possible 3 college credits

Cost: Approximately $91

Full Year ½ unit Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H, 10/10H, and US History, 85% or higher on the US History and Government Regents Exam, and Teacher Recommendation.

AP United States Government and Politics will meet every other day for a full year. This course provides a framework for analyzing and interpreting U.S. politics through specific case studies. The course will deal with the constitutional components of the U.S. Government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest of the national government, public policy, and civil rights/liberties. All students in this course may take the AP United States Government and Politics exam in May and may earn up to three college credits for this course depending on their results on the exam.

0144 IB TWENTIETH CENTURY TOPICS 12 - HL

0144 IB TWENTIETH CENTURY TOPICS 12 - HL

Possible 6 college credits

Cost: IB Subject Fee

Full Year 1 unit Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of The History of the Americas or teacher recommendation.

The Twentieth Century Topics is the second year of a two year sequence fulfilling the International Baccalaureate’s Individual and Society requirement. This course will focus on the impact of major twentieth century conflicts, with special attention to the Cold War. The course will also develop clear links between these areas of study and the 11th grade History of the Americas course. Extensive reading, writing, and research are important components of this course, which includes completion of the IB internal assessment component. Additionally, students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and seminars. Students will complete the IB assessment at the end of this year. This course satisfies PIG and Economics requirements for IB diploma students only.

0158 AP PSYCHOLOGY/IB PSYCHOLOGY

0158 AP PSYCHOLOGY/IB PSYCHOLOGY

Possible 3-6 college credits

Cost: Approximately $91 for AP of IB subject fee for IB exam

Full Year 1 unit Grades 11 & 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/9H/AP, 10/10H/AP, and Teacher Recommendation

This course will meet one period every day for a full year. The course is a college-level survey which gives students a working knowledge of the theories and key concepts of each of the major subfields of psychology. These include: Biological Bases of Behavior, Learning, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology. Extensive reading, writing, and research are required. Seminars conducted by the teacher and students are a regular feature of this course. All students in this course may take the AP Psychology examination in May for AP credit or the IB SL exam for IB credit. Students taking the course for IB credit will have internal and external assessments as part of the course.

0143 COLLEGE SOCIOLOGY (FLCC SOC100 – Introduction to Sociology)

0143 COLLEGE SOCIOLOGY (FLCC SOC100 – Introduction to Sociology)

Possible 3 college credits from FLCC

Cost: $15

Half Year ½ unit Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/ 9H, 10/10H, and Teacher Recommendation

College Sociology is designed to help the student understand society, its parts and the relations of the individual to the greater society. Major topics covered include sociological methods, culture, society, social groups, social stratification, deviance, social institutions, and modern social problems. Two critical essays are required, as well as a comprehensive book review. It is possible to take this course for no college credit on a tuition-free basis. Priority for enrollment is given to seniors.

0142 COLLEGE PSYCHOLOGY (FLCC PSY100 – Introduction to Psychology)

0142 COLLEGE PSYCHOLOGY (FLCC PSY100 – Introduction to Psychology)

Possible 3 college credits from FLCC

Cost: $15

Half Year ½ unit Grades 11-12

Prerequisite Successful completion of Global History and Geography 9/ 9H, 10/10H, and Teacher Recommendation

College Psychology emphasizes enhanced student self-knowledge through the study of psychological theories and principles. The course provides an introduction to the scientific study of psychology, as well as greater understanding of one’s own behavior and the behavior of those around us. Course topics include biological basis for human behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and therapies. It is possible to take this course for no college credit on a tuition-free basis. Priority for enrollment is given to seniors.