• Social Science Core Coursework (meeting graduation requirements)

    GEOGRAPHY                                                                                                                                                   9

    WORLD HISTORY                                                                                                                                                  10 

    World History is a required sophomore course in which students study man from the Renaissance to current times. This California Standards-based class introduces students to the four social studies strands--political, social, economic and geographic causes of events. Additionally, the class divides units by specific themes: Renaissance and the Reformation, Revolution, Nationalism, Industrialism, Imperialism, World War and the Cold War. The last quarter of study emphasizes the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

    HONORS WORLD HISTORY                                                                                                                                                     10

    The California Standards-based Honors World History course covers the general curriculum for World History, in addition to including a humanities orientation. Students will be expected to analyze, interpret and evaluate primary sources with interpretative readings of the period. Basic data gathering will be done independently while class time will be spent pursuing higher levels of learning. Due to the stringent curriculum, students will be expected to take accurate and readable notes, write coherent essays, and formulate hypotheses in oral and written forms.

     UNITED STATES HISTORY                                                                                                                                                       11

    United States History is an upper-division requirement. The California Standards-based course begins with the discovery and exploration of the Americas. It progresses from the development of America's unique federal system, through the early years of struggle, to conquest and unification of the continent. It follows the development of traditions and strengths during two world wars and a great depression to a study of the 1980's. Such themes as the growth of national unity, the diversity of population and development of democratic institutions are developed.

     AP UNITED STATES HISTORY                                                                                                                              11     12  AP United States History is an 18-week class designed to prepare students to take the AP test in US history. There is a strong critical thinking component to the course with special emphasis on essay writing using primary source materials. The course will cover social, political, and economic history of the US as well as foreign policy.

    SOCIOLOGY                                                                                                                                                       11     12

    In Sociology students investigate human social relationships, traditions and social issues. The course relies on simulation and participation to help students experience relationships and problems that are prevalent in today's society. Students analyze and interpret recent data and evidence relating to culture, status and role, deviance, norms, values, institutions, socialization and various social issues. The socialization process, from infancy through adulthood, is explored through role playing. Graphs, charts, and surveys are the primary tools used in analyzing social data. Social issues studied include crime, race, community, poverty, aging and population growth.

     PSYCHOLOGY                                                                                                                                                   11      12

    Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. The course includes personality theory, learning and cognition, the life cycle and stages of human development, the physiology of the brain, and characteristic of mental and emotional problems. This course also looks at abnormal behavior (disorders and therapy), psychoanalysis and social psychology (attitudes, perceptions, conflict and cooperation).

    AP PSYCHOLOGY                                                                                                                                                     11       12

    The purpose of AP® Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Further students will, prepare to do acceptable work on the AP Psychology Examination in order to acquire college credit, study the major core concepts and theories of psychology, be able to define key terms and use them in their everyday vocabulary, and learn the basic skills of psychological research and be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives.

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT                                                                                                                                                     12

    American Government gives the students the background to understand that they are the government. Students study six major areas: 1) Introduction to American Government, 2) Political Parties, Elections, Campaigns, 3) Legislature, Federal and State, 4) Presidency/Governorship, 5) Federal, State, and Local Courts, 6) County and City Government. Students will enjoy this course because they participate in simulated role plays and the decision-making process of government, along with seeing the differences in a democracy. Students are encouraged to get involved in their government by registering to vote, visiting government agencies and exploring the career opportunities the government has to offer.

     AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS                                                                                                                    12     

    This college level course is about the American political system. The students will discuss political ideology, the development of the political system and our democratic institutions. Students will evaluate the role of the national government and its relationship to the concept of liberty in a pluralistic society. The discussions will emphasize the changing political culture of American society and its effect on voting patterns, trends and the processes of government. In doing so, students will examine certain critical elections in American history as well as recent political movements. The main thrust of the course, however, is to be able to apply an understanding of our political system to contemporary events. The following five major topics will be covered: (1) The constitutional underpinnings of American government, (2) political beliefs and behaviors, (3) political parties and interest groups, (4) institutions and policy development and, (5) civil liberties. At the conclusion of the course students should have a more sophisticated understanding of majority rule democracy, constitutionalism and civil liberties. Students will also be able to see the relationships and distinctions between formal and informal institutions and the public policies that are developed as a result of these relationships. Students are required to take the AP exam at their own expense.

    ECONOMICS                                                                                                                                                                                 12

    Economics is a California Standards-based survey of economics. Microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics are covered. Specific topics include scarcity, decision making, supply, demand, GDP and business cycles. Various consumer economic issues are addressed along with the theoretical topics. This is a 9-week, 5 credit course.

     AP MICROECONOMICS                                                                                                                                                           11           12

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and teacher recommendation. 

    This 18-week course is designed to prepare students for the AP Microeconomics test. The students examine individual and firm decision making models, market structures, supply, demand, competition, production functions and the role of government in business. This class requires a mathematics background especially in regards to graphing and algebraic skills. Students must successfully complete both semesters to meet the SJUSD graduation requirement.

    Social Science Electives

     ACADEMIC DECATHLON                                                                                                           9           10           11           12

    Academic Decathlon offers interdisciplinary training in ten academic areas: social science, economics, literature, math, science, fine arts, speech, interview, essay and a super quiz. The top nine students in the class will be selected to compete as members of the Del Campo Academic Decathlon Team in the county-wide competition.

    CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS/CRIMINAL LAW/MOCK TRIAL                                                           9         10         11         12

    Constitutional Rights is a nine-week course in which the student will study how the constitution came into existence, why it took the form it did, and how it has functioned in the last 200 years. The student will be faced with a number of controversies such as: due process, equal protection, and freedom of speech/expression/religion. Students will participate in role-playing, simulations and writing new approaches on the constitution for the 21st century. Criminal Procedure is the nine week course that follows Constitutional Rights. It is a law related course to provide practical information on problem-solving opportunities which develop the student's skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. Students will identify criminal and civil procedures and participate in mock trials, police investigation, role-playing and simulating various search and seizure laws. The law, arrest, courts, prisons, and parole will also be presented to develop the student's knowledge.  MOCK TRIAL - In addition, juniors and seniors taking the course in the fall term also prepare for and have the opportunity to compete in the Sacramento County Law Day Competition at the Sacramento County Courthouse.

    PERSONAL(SPORT) PSYCHOLOGY                                                                                                                           11       12
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