Social Studies

Course Descriptions – Social Studies

US HISTORY
Freshman students enroll in U.S. History as part of a Freshman Forum. U. S. History is a required course that builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American history. Students in this course are expected to identify and review significant events, persons, and movements in the early development of the nation. After providing such a review, the course gives major emphasis to the interaction of key events, persons, and groups with political, economic, social, and cultural influences on state and national development in the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries.

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion Freshman Forum (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

US History is also offered as a self-contained class not a part of a Freshman Forum.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 

•Recommended Grade Level: 9-12 
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
•Fulfills the US History requirement of the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

US HISTORY - HONORS
U. S. History Honors builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American history. Students in this course are expected to identify and review significant events, persons, and movements in the early development of the nation. After providing such a review, the course gives major emphasis to the interaction of key events, persons, and groups with political, economic, social, and cultural influences on state and national development in the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries.   Besides covering the content at a faster pace and in greater depth, students will be required to complete additional readings and writing. The course is designed to give strong emphasis to students' critical thinking skills, ability to evaluate historical data, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information.   

•Recommended Grade Level: 9 
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
•Fulfills the US History requirement of the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 
•The course is designed for high ability students who are self-motivated to meet academic challenges.   
•High achieving students who wish admittance to this course but do not meet gifted and talented requirements may apply for admission. 

GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF THE WORLD 
Geography and History of the World is designed to enable students to use geographical skills and historical concepts to deepen their understanding of major global themes including the origin and spread of world religions, exploration; conquest; and imperialism; urbanization; and innovations and revolutions.

Geographical and historical skills include forming research questions, acquiring information by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources, organizing information by creating graphic representations, analyzing information to determine and explain patterns and trends, and presenting and documenting findings orally and/or in writing.  The historical geography concepts used to explore the global themes include change over time, origin, diffusion, physical systems, cultural landscapes, and spatial distribution and interaction.

Using these skills, concepts and the processes associated with them, students are able to analyze, evaluate, and make predictions about major global developments.  This course is designed to nurture perceptive, responsible citizenship, encourage and support the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning, and to help prepare Indiana students for the 21st Century.

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Geography and History of the World is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 

•Recommended Grade Level: 10-12
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
•Fulfills a Social Studies requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core
    40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective for any diploma

GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF THE WORLD - HONORS
Geography and History of the World is designed to enable students to use geographical skills and historical concepts to deepen their understanding of major global themes including the origin and spread of world religions, exploration; conquest; and imperialism; urbanization; and innovations and revolutions.

Geographical and historical skills include forming research questions, acquiring information by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources, organizing information by creating graphic representations, analyzing information to determine and explain patterns and trends, and presenting and documenting findings orally and/or in writing.  The historical geography concepts used to explore the global themes include change over time, origin, diffusion, physical systems, cultural landscapes, and spatial distribution and interaction.

Using these skills, concepts and the processes associated with them, students are able to analyze, evaluate, and make predictions about major global developments.  This course is designed to nurture perceptive, responsible citizenship, encourage and support the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning, and to help prepare Indiana students for the 21st Century.

Besides covering the content at a faster pace and in greater depth, students will be required to complete additional readings and writing. The course is designed to give strong emphasis to students' critical thinking skills, ability to evaluate historical data, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information. 

•Recommended Grade Level: 10 
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
•The course is designed for high ability students who are self-motivated to meet academic challenges.   
•High achieving students who wish admittance to this course but do not meet gifted and talented requirements may apply for admission. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY 
United States History:  Advanced Placement follows the College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for advanced placement United States History.  This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history and one major goal of the course is to prepare students to be successful on the AP examination.  This is a survey course that provides students with an overview of United States history and enables them to establish the context and significance of specialized interpretive problems.  Students will learn to access historical materials-their relevance to given interpretive problems, their reliability and their importance-to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  Political, social, cultural, and economic history of the United States will be emphasized.  

AP US History is offered as a concurrent credit class. Students who quality may earn three hours of college credit each for HIST 101: The United States to 1865 and HIST 102: The United States since 1865 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

•Recommended Grade Level: 11 or 12 
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
•Required Prerequisites: U.S. History or U.S. History Honors 
•Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY
AP European History follows the College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for advanced placement European History.  One of the major goals of the course is to prepare students to be successful on the AP examination.  European History is designed to introduce students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping western culture.  In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the AP course in European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence, and (c) an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in writing.  

AP European History is offered as a concurrent credit class. Students who quality may earn three hours of college credit each for HIST 140 Issues in World History: Rise of Europe and HIST 140 Issues in History: Europe Since 1550 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

•Recommended Grade Level: 11-12 
•Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
•Required Prerequisites: World History and Civilization or World History and Civilization Honors 
•Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is a one-semester course that provides opportunities for students to study human social behavior from a group perspective. Students will explore the impacts of social groups and social institutions on individual and group behavior and examine the changing nature of society.

•Recommended Grade Level: Grades 11 or 12 
•Recommended Prerequisites: None 
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit 
•Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology is a one-semester scientific study of mental processes and behavior. The course will include such content areas as scientific methods, developmental, cognitive, personality, assessment and mental health, and socio-cultural and biological bases of behavior.

•Recommended Grade Level: Grades 11 or 12 
•Recommended Prerequisites: None 
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit 
•Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY
Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes. Topics include: (1) history and approaches, (2) research methods, (3) biological bases of behavior, (4) sensation and perception, (5) states of consciousness, (6) learning, (7) cognition, (8) motivation and emotion, (9) developmental psychology, (10) personality, (11) testing and individual differences, (12) abnormal psychology, (13) treatment of psychological disorders, and (14) social psychology A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

•Recommended Grade Level: Grades 11 or 12
•Recommended Prerequisites: none
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit
•Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core
        40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ECONOMICS
Economics is a required twelfth grade course that examines the allocation of scarce resources and their alternative uses for satisfying human wants. The course analyzes the economic reasoning used as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, and government agencies make decisions. Key elements include a study of scarcity and economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade.

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Economics is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 

In addition, Economics is offered as a concurrent credit class. Students who quality may earn three hours of college credit for ECON 175: Fundamentals of Economics through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

•Recommended Grade Level: Grades 12 
•Recommended Prerequisites: None 
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit 
•Fulfills the Economics requirement for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, Core 40 with Technical Honors, a Social Studies requirement for the General Diploma, or counts as an Elective for any diploma 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
This course explores the world of personal finance and introduces students to business and consumer applications. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to improve their basic mathematical skills through practical consumer applications. Students will learn to apply computational skills and basic algebraic concepts to everyday problems.

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Government is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 

•Recommended Grade Level: Grade 12 
•Recommended Prerequisites: None 
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit 
•Fulfills the Government requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective for any diploma 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Advanced Placement United States Government is a course based on content established by the College Board. Topics include: (1) constitutional underpinnings of United States government, (2) political beliefs and behaviors, (3) political parties, interest groups, and mass media, (4) institutions of national government, (5) public policy, and (6) civil rights and civil liberties. 

In addition, Advanced Placement United States Government is offered as a concurrent credit class. Students who quality may earn three hours of college credit for POLS 102: Introduction to Political Science through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

•Recommended Grade Level: Grade 12
•Recommended Prerequisites: None 
•Credits: 1 semester, 1 credit 
•Fulfills the US Government requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective for any diploma

Shepard Academy Course Descriptions – Social Studies

Social Studies courses offered in the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice include the required courses at each grade level in addition to elective courses. These courses are designed for students who are self-motivated to meet academic challenges and who are interested in the Shepard Academy. For full course descriptions, see the Shepard Academy section of Harrison’s course descriptions.

Pre-Academy Freshman Block
•US History Honors 
•State and Local Government 
Pre-Academy Sophomore Block
•Geography and History of the World Honors 
•African Studies 
•Asian Studies 
Shepard Academy Junior Block
•Law Education 
•Topics in Social Sciences: Social Justice (Concurrent Credit) 
•Political Science 
Shepard Academy Senior Block
•Government (Concurrent Credit) 
•Economics (Concurrent Credit) 
•International Relations 
•Current Problems, issues, and Events