History

Semester History: Religions of the World

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course is an introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world’s living religious traditions. In addition to various indigenous religions, students will examine the historical evolution, doctrinal beliefs, practices, and cultural expressions of the great religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Selected readings from these traditions, along with speakers, film clips, and visits to local religious institutions will expose the students to authentic learning opportunities and experiences to strengthen understanding of the similarities and uniqueness of the various faith traditions. Twenty-first century citizenship requires that we understand the impact of religion in our time, respecting the beliefs and practices of those religious traditions that have passed the test of time and continue to shape culture across the globe.

2024-02-06T20:13:16+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Reel Talk, Exploring History Through Film

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course explores the relationship between film and history by examining how films have depicted various events, cultures, and social issues throughout American history. Students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills by viewing films in their historical context, and considering how films both reflect and shape our understanding of the past. We will dive deep into historical events, but also interpret how the medium of film both captures and challenges the preconceived notions of these events and their impact on modern day society. You will develop your analytical skills while learning simple and effective strategies in anticipation to better navigate the depth and breadth of future college courses. Through this course, students will learn to think deeply about the messages conveyed in films, and gain a greater understanding [...]

2024-02-06T20:12:03+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Real World Economics

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course In this broad survey of economics, students learn foundational economic concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics, global/international economics, and personal financial management. Students also engage in a range of projects in order to study, analyze, and dissect contemporary trends in American business, society, and politics from an economic perspective. Students develop analytical and comprehension skills to establish a basic understanding of the complex financial and economic world in which we live.

2024-02-06T20:09:32+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: History of Hip Hop

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course will examine the history of how Hip Hop Culture has created and facilitated social justice movements to address issues such as police brutality, inner-city violence, racism and discrimination, poverty, inequity in education, and more. The course places at its core an understanding of the history of racism and discrimination as they are represented through individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural forms of oppression. This course will highlight the strategies of resistance used by Hip Hop Practitioners in order to provide examples for our students to emulate and build upon.

2024-02-06T20:07:44+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Ethics & Leadership

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course attempts to promote ethical reasoning and reflection in order to help prepare students to become responsible global citizens. The course will use the case study method to explore ethical dilemmas facing leaders throughout history. Students will explore and apply moral frameworks to analyze leadership challenges. We will focus on developing critical thinking, empathy, and collaboration skills through direct project-based engagement with local and global experts.

2024-02-06T20:02:27+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: United States Politics & Public Policy Honors

Type: honors, option to take the AP exam in May Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page The premise of the American democratic experiment is engagement of individual people: this course aims to equip students to have a deeper understanding of what the US political system is and how it works, with the goal of students feeling more comfortable and confident to engage in it as active citizens. Students will collaboratively develop policy memos and speeches on current political issues, engage with local government officials while following the November election process, and will practice research and discussions skills as they explore mediums of social change within our democracy.

2024-02-28T16:17:54+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Comparative Government & Politics Honors

Type: honors, option to take the AP exam in May Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page Comparative Government & Politics involves an integrated approach to analyzing governing models and political systems and structures throughout the world. Students will explore the government structure and political systems of 6 countries (UK, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico) and will be prepared to take the college board’s AP Comparative Government and Politics exam should they choose to do so. Students produce position papers, engage with guest experts, and travel to think tanks and universities to explore the nuances of these countries from multiple perspectives.

2024-02-08T19:54:56+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12, History, Upper Division|

AP Economics

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 12 students, see placement requirements link on the History Department page AP Economics is a yearlong course that focuses on how economic decisions are made within national economic systems as a whole. This course covers the major topics of contemporary macroeconomic thought, including economic fundamentals, fiscal and monetary policy, long-term economic growth, and international trade. To expose students to real world economic applications, students collaborate in small groups to study and develop solutions to several contemporary economic challenges, including in the areas of housing, water, food, and energy. This course is designed to expose students to the intellectual environment and demands of a college level course. It is a fast-paced, content-driven class with high expectations. The course aims to prepare students for the AP Macroeconomics examination.

AP Art History

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page Creative expression is at the heart of what it means to be human. To better understand the human experience across space and through time, this course surveys global history from prehistory to the present through a diverse collection of works of art and architecture. Students cultivate their understanding of art within its broader historical context and gain fluency in a specific vocabulary of art analysis as they explore concepts of culture and cultural interactions, theories and interpretations of art, the impact of materials, processes, and techniques of art making. Immersing themselves in the diverse cultural productions of societies from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, students explore how and why works of art function [...]

Semester History: Legal Studies

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course will build a foundational understanding of America's civil and criminal legal fields, foundational Supreme Court rulings, and the historical roots of revolutionary conflict stemming from interpretations of justice. Incorporating practical civic literacy, legal competency, and real-world application, students will have the ability to analyze the complexities found in the justice system. The curriculum includes case studies, debates, mock trials, and role-play exercises that will offer tangible application to help students navigate a law-saturated society and provide a window for those interested in pursuing a future in the law. In addition, we will dive into historical events to explore the legal (and often revolutionary) streams that have cultivated conflict in America.

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