PREREQUISITES: Placement test scores
Including limited background study of the great movements, people, and civilizations of earlier periods, this course focuses on the time span of the Renaissance through modern times. The content provides a strong basis for students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior. This course emphasized the connections among civilizations from earlier time to the present. In depth reading, research, and advanced study skills are included.
PREREQUISITE: World History UCP, B or higher; Teacher Recommendation
The purpose of this college-level course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. Students will critically examine primary source documentation and analyze the meaning and impact on historical events. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences as well as comparisons among major societies.
The content of this course will focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. This course presents an in-depth analysis of American government on national, state, and local levels. Also analyzed are the roles of political parties, public opinion polls, the electoral process, and special interest groups. Required for the class of 2020 and later. During this course the student must pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution tests as required by the State of Illinois.
This college-level course is an intense study of the social, political, economic, and religious ideas of Europe from 1500 until 2005. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills, writing interpretive essays, and evaluating historical documents.
This course studies the western geographical areas of the world: North, Central and South America, the various countries of Europe, as well as Russia and Central Asia. The social, cultural, political, economic, historical and physical makeup of each region are examined. In addition, current issues and how they relate to the United States are studied.
This course studies the eastern geographical areas of the world: Western, Southern, Eastern, and Pacific Asia, as well as Northern, Central and Southern Africa. The social, cultural, political, economic, historical, and physical makeup of each region are examined. In addition, current issues and how they relate to the United States are studied.
This class is an extension of the American History that allows students to investigate the history of the United States through a new lens. Women have impacted United States history from its founding through politics, social issues, societal structure, and beyond. In this class, students will learn about key American events. This class will span from the founding of America up to the end of the 1900s. Students will study a variety of topics through both primary and secondary sources and will demonstrate content knowledge in a variety of ways including a research paper.
This course examines the experiences of the American people in times of war, from the Civil War to Modern Day. Emphasis is given to the cultural, social, political, and technological impacts of war.
PREREQUISITES: Teacher Recommendation
This courses is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the structures and functions of American government. Students will be able to identify the major branches of government and describe the authority and responsibilities of each. Students will also understand the election process and recognize the differences between major political parties. Students will learn about judicial precedent and how constitutional law regarding civil liberties and civil rights has evolved over time. Finally, the course will examine current issues and public policy debates. This will require a great deal of critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation of primary source documents. Students are expected to emerge from the course with a critical understanding of the processes, strengths and weaknesses of American government as well as an awareness of their own political views and implications of those views.
This course introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues through analyzing and interpreting data to derive generalizations. Topics will include Politics, Political Institutions, Political and Economic Change, and Public Policy. Students successfully completing this course will: compare and contrast political concepts, themes, and generalizations; describe and explain typical patterns of political processes and have behaviors of their consequences; compare and contrast political institutions and processes across countries to derive generalizations; and analyze and interpret basic data relevant to comparative government and politics.
PREREQUISITE: World History CP; Teacher Recommendation
This year long course introduces students to the History of the United States from Colonial time to the present. Students examine major themes throughout history. Opportunities are given to help students develop inquiry skills by gathering information from primary source materials and documents.
This year long course introduces students to the History of the United States from Colonial time to the present. Students examine major themes throughout history. Primary and secondary sources will be used. Students will demonstrate the ability to trace and analyze chronological periods and examine the relationships of significant themes and concepts in U.S. History. Students will sequence historical events, examine cause and effect, identify different perspectives, and related historical situations to current issues. Opportunities are given to develop advanced inquiry skills by gathering and organizing information from primary source material and documents.
PREREQUISITES: B average or higher in previous Social Studies class; Teacher Recommendation
This year long course introduces students to the survey of American History from the pre-Columbian period to the early 21st century. This course is a dual credit option through Lincoln College.
PREREQUISITE: English II UCP, A- or higher; English II H, B+ or higher
This college level course enables the student to obtain, by good performance on the Advanced Placement Exam, up to one year of college credit in college U.S. History. The course involves the reading, interpretation, analysis, and application of both primary and secondary material related to significant developments in the history of the United States. The student can gain both an understanding of skills that constitute historical study and the opportunity to develop those skills in preparing for the Advanced Placement Exam.
This course is a study of human growth and development throughout the initial stages of the life span. Emphasis is placed on major theories and perspectives as they relate to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of humans from conception to pre-school years. Some topics covered include: how humans develop and learn from prenatal through pre-school years; parenting; genetic disorders; importance of play; and special guest speaker topics. It is designed for any student who has interest in the study of children, families and parenting; or who may have interest in pursuing a career in early childhood, elementary or special education, child care services, social services, psychology, and pediatrics. By engaging in class discussions, activities and projects, students will gain life skills necessary to prepare them for their future as an adult in their chosen career path or family life.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the nature of our society in the United States today. Special emphasis will be placed on sociological terms and the study of American society today.
This course provides an overview of our mental processes and human behavior. A common question that is addressed and discussed at length is, "Why do we act the way we do?" Some of the methods used to cover the material include experiments, group activities, online games, and clips from the National Geographic show "Brain Games." An emphasis is placed on case studies of unique people studied in the various fields of the course.
PREREQUISITE: B average or higher in previous Social Studies or Science Classes; Teacher Recommendation
This full year course emphasizes the systematic and scientific study of the mental process and human behavior. The student will have an opportunity to research and explore a variety of psychological topics as well as design and conduct experiments in the areas of perception, memory, child development, classical and operant conditioning, social psychology, and other psychological phenomena. Emphasis will be placed on analytical thinking and research.
This is a college-level course through which students will be introduced to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and the mental processes. Students will take an in depth look at psychological facts, principles, theories, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. Emphasis will be placed on research, case studies, and analytical thinking skills.