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HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

WORLD HISTORY II (from 1500 A.D.) #22160 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) – SOL/EOC test administered
Prerequisite: None   
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of modern civilization’s heritage through examination of the time period from 1500 A.D. to present. The study of literature, science, drama, philosophy, and art will include the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age Imperialism, Age of Revolutions, and the Twentieth Century. In addition, students will identify the contributions of various civilizations to contemporary society as well as use basic geography skills.

HONORS WORLD HISTORY II #2216H (GRADES 9)
Prerequisite: Students must have completed World History I with a 90 or better in middle school and a passing score on the EOC SOL.
Honors World History II is a rigorous course designed for highly motivated individuals. The course is designed to address the SOL objectives while preparing the students for future AP and Honors courses. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of modern civilization’s heritage through examination of the time period from 1500 A.D. to present. The study of literature, science, drama, philosophy, and art will include the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age Imperialism, Age of Revolutions, and the Twentieth Century. In addition, students will identify the contributions of various civilizations to contemporary society as well as use basic geography skills. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills, thematic writing and interpretations of original document and historiography.
     
WORLD GEOGRAPHY #2210 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) – SOL/EOC test administered
Prerequisite: None 
The course incorporates a general overview and perspective for each area while emphasizing comprehensive aspects of geography including physical features, population issues, characteristics of various cultures, natural resources and the extent of their exploitation or development, characteristics of industrial and developing counties, contributions and interaction between various countries and regions, and human reaction to the environment in which they live.

UNITED STATES AND VIRGINIA HISTORY #2360 (Grade 11) – SOL/EOC test administered
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of either World History I, World History II, or World Geography
United States History focuses on the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While focusing on political and economic history, this class provides students with the basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. 

HONORS UNITED STATES AND VIRGINIA HISTORY #2360H (Grade 11) – SOL/EOC test administered
Students must have completed World History II/World Geography with a 90 or better or Honors World History II with a 85 or better and a passing score on the EOC SOL. Honors U.S. History is a rigorous course designed for highly motivated individuals. The course is designed to address the SOL objectives while preparing the students for future AP and Honors courses.  United States History focuses on the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While focusing on political and economic history, this class provides students with the basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. 

UNITED STATES AND VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT #2440 (Grade 12)
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of United States and Virginia History
United States and Virginia Government examines the Constitution; the structure and operation of the governments; the process of policy-making, with an emphasis on economics, foreign affairs, and civil rights issues; and the impact of the general public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on policy decisions. United States political and economic systems will be compared to those of other nations, with emphasis on the relationships between economic and political freedoms. 

HONORS GOVERNMENT #2440H (Grade 12)
Prerequisite:  B or better in United States and Virginia History with teacher permission for students earning less than a 90
This advanced class is designed for college bound seniors. Students should expect increased emphasis on individual and group projects, writing, research, and public speaking. Analysis of primary sources, focus on current events, and contact with public officials will be fundamental to the course.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT #2445 (Grade 12)
Prerequisite:  85 or better in United States and Virginia History
This rigorous, college-level course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the U.S. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and analysis of specific examples. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) UNITED STATES HISTORY #2319 (Grades 11, 12)
Prerequisite: B or better in United States and Virginia History and English; pass the SOL test in U.S. History 
This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the program and materials in United States History. Students are prepared for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by a full-year introductory college course. Students should learn to assess historical materials---their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance--and to weigh evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The course includes intellectual-cultural, political-diplomatic, and social-economic history, and covers the period from approximately 1450 to the present.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS #2810 
(Grades 11, 12)
Prerequisite: 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
This course is an interdisciplinary approach to acknowledging and understanding the cultural diversity of the world. This course also strives to help students become more sensitive to issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. Source materials for the course will include newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and videos. Online sites such as CNN Newsroom, and C-SPAN and their maps, photos, charts, original documents, and audio clips will be used.

SOCIOLOGY #2500 (Grades 11, 12)
Prerequisite: C or better in last English class                  
This is an elective course designed for mature eleventh and twelfth grade students. Sociology is a social science that concentrates on the way people relate to one another and influence each other’s behavior. Focusing on group behavior, students will study American social institutions including religion, family, economics, and education. Students will also examine and possibly research areas of social change including altered life styles, minority issues, population growth, changing moral values, the welfare system, family decisions and issues, poverty, crime, drug abuse, and adolescence. A research paper will be assigned.

PSYCHOLOGY #2900 (Grades 10, 11, 12)
Prerequisite:  C in Biology 
This is a survey course meant to introduce high school juniors and seniors to basic psychological concepts and to prepare them to do well in college level psychology courses.  The course will center around the study of human behavior.  It will seek to help the students understand themselves and others more fully.  Early in the course, the history, important contributions, and theories of psychology will be explored.  Other aspects, such as personality development, adolescent psychology, and abnormal psychology, will also be studied.  A research paper will be assigned.

AP PSYCHOLOGY #2902 (Grades 10, 11, 12)
Prerequisite:  B in Biology
The AP Psychology course is designed 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. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

MILITARY HISTORY #2996 (Grades 10, 11, 12)
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of World History I and/or World History II
This course examines the development of military strategies and hardware throughout the world from ancient times to the present. Students will analyze and interpret battles, wars and armed conflicts which have influenced world history. Emphasis will be placed on students learning to assess and analyze historical materials. There will be a substantial evaluation based on the mastery of deciding variables associated with armed conflict.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY #2399 (Grades 10, 11, 12)  
Prerequisite:  *Grades 11 and 12: Prerequisite: B or better in Modern World History and English; pass the SOL test in World History. *Grade 10: Prerequisite: B+ or better in Modern World History and English 9 Honors; pass the SOL test in World History
The class is designed to provide students with the factual narrative of European History from 1450 to the Present. Each unit of study will center around three central themes: Intellectual and Cultural History, Political and Diplomatic History and Social and Economic History. The course will utilize a wide variety of excerpts from primary and secondary source documents; broadening your knowledge base by providing various points of view from each era of study.  Analysis and interpretation of visual materials including maps, works of arts and political cartoons will be used in conjunction with written documentation. The course is intended to mimic the rigors of a college-level course.  Strong reading and writing skills, along with the willingness to devote considerable time to outside reading and writing are essential to succeed.  Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills, thematic writing, and interpretation of original documents and historiography.

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY #2212 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

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