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Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Students may choose to take more than one social studies class per year, as long as the student meets the pre-requisites of the course. 

 

The following social studies courses are graduation requirements:  Political Science

World Civilization

U. S. History

 

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE                                                               1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is typically taken by all 9th grade students.  This course is a study of law---civil, criminal, constitutional, and international, the legal and justice system.  Students will examine the need for rules and regulations, interpretations of the Constitution, both state and federal, Supreme Court decisions, the Bill of Rights, and individual rights law, criminal law, family law, and consumer law.  The study of the basic social contracts of society will enable students to understand the preferred democratic values; justice, equality, responsibility, freedom, rule of law, human rights, honesty, equity, rational process and human dignity.

 

 

WORLD CIVILIZATION                                                           1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Political Science

 

This course is typically taken by all 10th grade students.  This course will cover both European History since 1500 and the political geography of the continents.  Students will study the main historical ages in the development of Western Civilization with the geography of that region.  For example, Renaissance and Reformation with the geography of Europe and the Middle East, The Age of Exploration with the geography of South American and Asia, The Age of Revolution, and nationalism, militarism and imperialism with the geography of Africa.

 

 

HONORS WORLD CIVILIZATION                                            1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Political Science; teacher recommendation

 

This course is typically taken by 10th grade students with the recommendation of a teacher.  Pre-AP World Civilization provides a more challenging World Civilization curriculum.  This course will cover both European History since 1500 and the political geography of the continents.  Students will study the main historical ages in the development of Western Civilization with the geography of that region.  For example, Renaissance and Reformation with the geography of Europe and the Middle East, The Age of Exploration with the geography of South American and Asia, The Age of Revolution, and nationalism, militarism and imperialism with the geography of Africa.

 

 

ECONOMICS                                                                                      ½ CREDIT 

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is the study of how people produce, distribute and consume goods and services.  The various types of economic systems will be compared in order to understand how we satisfy our unlimited wants with the limited resources available.  A brief history of the American economic system as well as a discussion of current economic policy will be included.  The concept of global economic interdependence will also be integrated.

 

 

GEOGRAPHY                                                                                     ½ CREDIT 

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course will explore the constantly changing world in which we live.  The student will use various resources to transport them around the world on a journey that will allow them to analyze physical features of other regions of the world as well as vast cultural differences.  The course of study will make geography relevant by making the connection between regional and global issues and our own community.

 

 

PSYCHOLOGY                                                                                   ½ CREDIT 

Pre-requisite:  None

 

Psychology is the study of the behavior of the individual human and human mental processes.  Topics include:  attitudes, feelings, and values of individuals and common psychological diseases such as paranoia, schizophrenia, or multiple personalities.

 

 

SOCIOLOGY                                                                                      ½ CREDIT 

Pre-requisite:  None

 

Sociology is the study of human society.  It is concerned with groups of people---how they’re formed and how they change.  Sociologist study interactions among persons in social situations and try to predict behavior in similar situations.  Units of study include:  the study of social institutions like of communities in rural and urban areas, and social problems like poverty or crime.

 

 

KENTUCKY STUDIES                                                                        1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is a study of the political, economic, social and cultural development of the state of Kentucky from pioneer days to the present.  Other units of study will explore our state’s unique geography, rich heritage and current topics of interest.

 

 

GLOBAL ISSUES                                                                                1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is a comprehensive survey of world events and issues that have or potentially could have global effects.  Students will gain a better understanding of the various people, regions, and cultures of the world.  Current events will be monitored on a regular basis, as well as instrumental in the determination of the course curriculum.

 

 

U. S. HISTORY                                                                                  1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  World Civilization

 

This course is typically taken by all 11th grade students.  The United States History course should serve as a capstone for the study of America’s history from grades 5-8.  After brief review, the focus should be on the Reconstruction period to the present, looking at the forces that shaped and continue to shape political, economic and social institutions and the impact of those forces on the development of the United States in the 20th century.  Student will be required to complete the Quality Core U. S. History End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

HONORS U. S. HISTORY          (HISTORY 108 & 109 credit is optional)  1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:   ACT Reading score of 20 or higher OR a Compass Reading score of 85 or higher if taking the college class.

 

This class can be taken concurrently with History 108 & 109 as a dual credit college course.  Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a high school credit as well as 3-credit hours per class from SCC. Students not wishing to take the college portion of this class will still be required to cover the same curriculum as those who participate in the dual credit option. The United States History course should serve as a capstone for the study of America’s history in grades 5-8.  After brief review, the focus should be on the Reconstruction period to the present, looking at the forces that shaped and continue to shape political, economic and social institutions and the impact of those forces on the development of the United States in the 20th century.  Student will be required to complete the Quality Core U. S. History End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

HISTORY 109 – HISTORY OF THE US SINCE 1965 (Somerset Community College)                                    3 CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisites:  ACT Reading score of 20 or higher OR a Compass Reading score of 85 or higher

 

Examine key political, economic, and social topics that have influenced significantly the American experience from Reconstruction through the contemporary era.

 

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course (History 109).  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered.

 

 

 

HISTORY 108 – HISTORY OF THE US Through 1865  (Somerset Community College)                                    3 CREDIT HOURS

Pre-requisites:  ACT Reading score of 20 or higher OR a Compass
Reading score of 85 or higher

 

Examines key political, economic, and social topics that have significantly influenced the American experience from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War era.

 

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course (History 108).  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered.