Social Studies

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    Economics 11110
    This one semester required course for 11th/12th graders builds economic literacy in students. The overarching problem of scarcity, unlimited human wants pursuing limited resources, is a focal point of the course. Students deepen their prior knowledge of basic economic concepts and apply them to national and international economic systems and problems as a whole. In addition to their study of macroeconomics, students study how interactions of buyers and sellers impact prices and supplies, as well as the role of trade-offs and incentives in consumer and business decisions. Using a variety of media, they compile, analyze, and present statistical data pertinent to economic problems. Students use their economic knowledge to make informed decisions as consumers and to participate as citizens in deciding matters of economic policy. This course is designed to develop students' global perspective in an economically interdependent world.  **Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11-12

    Civics 11120
    This required course for 11th/12th graders provides a thorough exploration of the essential knowledge and skills. This one-semester course deepens students’ knowledge of government, with a particular focus on national, state, and local government in America. It will prepare students for their role in a democratic republic by teaching them how to effectively participate in the deliberative and policy making contexts. In additional to understanding how our system of government works, students develop skills for civic engagement by addressing public problems individually and collaboratively in an effort to maintain, strengthen, and improve the communities to which they belong. **Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11-12

    U. S. History A 11210A
    This required course for 9th/10th graders comprises a broad study of 20th Century American History. Students will explore major events, trends and issues that have given shape and definition to our time and laid the groundwork for the 21st Century. They will explore in depth major events such as the World Wars, The Great Depression, and the Cold War. Key concepts will be developed from social, political, and economic perspectives; as well as Core Democratic Values. **Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-10

    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11210B - U. S. History B

    U. S. History B 11210B
    This required course for 9th/10th graders comprises a broad study of the second half of 20th Century American History. Students will explore major events, trends and issues that have given shape and definition to the present day. Some of the topics they will explore include the Cold War from the end of WWII through the fall of the Soviet Union, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the various Civil Rights Movements. Key concepts are explored through multiple viewpoints and lenses including the social, political and economic perspectives.**Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-10
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11210A - U. S. History A

    Psychology 11230
    This course is designed to be an introductory study of the human mind, its processes and behavior. Students will explore the history, theory and biology of psychology from various perspectives. Topics covered include varying approaches, methods of research, the human brain, learning and memory, sleep and dreams, sensation and perception, personality and development. This course is designed to prepare the student for continuing study in AP Psychology. **Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10-12

    World History A 11308A 
    This required course emphasizes learning more about the world and its history. It includes eras 4-8 and fulfills the State of Michigan graduation requirement.  **Pathway: Human Services    
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11308B - World History B

    World History B 11308B
    This required course emphasizes learning more about the world and its history. It includes eras 4-8 and fulfills the State of Michigan graduation requirement.  **Pathway: Human Services
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11308A - World History A

    History of International Affairs (After 1945) 11320
    Students will study specific countries and regions of the world currently undergoing significant political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental changes. This course will focus on the Middle East; the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; China; and South America, with emphasis on Brazil. Students will be encouraged to study issues from the perspective of different countries to gain insight into international relations, diplomacy, and global alliances and institutions.  **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course will be offered in 2021-2022 (every other year). This course will receive an elective Social Studies credit but will not meet the state requirement for World History requirement.   
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 11210A/B - U. S. History  or 11225A/B - Advanced Placement US History 

    World Religions 11330
    In this one-term elective course, students will explore the major living religions of the world. Units of study will focus on the basic beliefs, literature, origins, symbols, practices, and festivals of each religion.  **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course will be offered in 2020-2021 (every other year).This course will receive an elective Social Studies credit but will not meet the state requirement for World History requirement. 
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 11210A/B - U. S. History  or 11225A/B - Advanced Placement US History 

    Advanced Placement US History A 11225A
    AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance — identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.
    **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course satisfies the 1 credit of US History requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11225B - Advanced Placement US History B

    Advanced Placement US History B 11225B
    AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance — identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.
    **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course satisfies the 1 credit of US History requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11225A - Advanced Placement US History A

    Advanced Placement Psychology A 11240A
    This course is designed to provide a comprehensive examination of the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will explore the facts, principles, and phenomena associated with all the major subfields of psychology from various perspectives. Course activities, investigations, discussions, and readings will prepare students for the optional Advanced Placement exam. **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11240B - Advanced Placement Psychology B

    Advanced Placement Psychology B 11240B
    This course is designed to provide a comprehensive examination of the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will explore the facts, principles, and phenomena associated with all the major subfields of psychology from various perspectives. Course activities, investigations, discussions, and readings will prepare students for the optional Advanced Placement exam. **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11240A - Advanced Placement Psychology A

    Advanced Placement World History A 11309A
    This college-designed course offers a comprehensive analysis of World History. It is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the materials in World History. The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course satisfies the 1 credit World History requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11309B - Advanced Placement World History B

    Advanced Placement World History B 11309B
    This college-designed course offers a comprehensive analysis of World History. It is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the materials in World History. The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  This course satisfies the 1 credit World History requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11309A - Advanced Placement World History A

    Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics 11350
    This is a college level course designed to prepare students to take the AP exam and potentially earn college credit. Students will study the current political system of six core nations: Russia, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Iran and the United Kingdom. Students will compare these nations based on the following themes: history and political culture, state institutions, policy issues and relationship with the United States. Students will participate in lengthy simulations, group discussions and political problem-solving. The course will expose students to a broad analytical approach to government and provide depth to their understanding of global politics.**Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  AP World History or World History completed or taken concurrently with this course.  While the class is available to juniors and seniors, seniors have traditionally found greater success with the concepts.  This course satisfies the .5 Civics requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 11308A/B - World History or 11309A/B - Advanced Placement World History 

    Advanced Placement Human Geography A 11515A
    The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. **Pathway:Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 9-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11515B - Advanced Placement Human Geography B

    Advanced Placement Human Geography B 11515B
    The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.  **Pathway:Human Services
    COURSE NOTE:  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 9-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 11515A - Advanced Placement Human Geography A

    Advanced Placement Macroeconomics 11520
    The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. This course is designed for the serious student who wishes to complete studies in secondary school that are equivalent to college level economics. **Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing & Technology
    COURSE NOTE:  This course satisfies the .5 credit Economics requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12

    Advanced Placement Microeconomics 11530
    The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. The combination of these two one-term courses (along with 11520 - AP Macroeconomics) is designed for the serious student who wishes to complete studies in secondary school that are equivalent to college level economics. **Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing & Technology
    COURSE NOTE:  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    PREREQUISITE: 11110 - Economics or 11520 - Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

    Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics 11540
    AP U.S. Government and Politics is a college level course designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam. Students will examine the origin, development, structure, and operations of all levels of government, with a specific emphasis on the federal level. Additional areas of study include political culture and ideology, the role of the media and interest groups, the policy-making process, and civil rights and civil liberties. Students will apply their understanding of our political system to contemporary events through frequent class discussions and essay-writing activities. Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics is designed to foster a deep appreciation of our American freedoms and an enthusiastic desire to be a full participant in our democratic processes.  **Pathway: Human Services
    COURSE NOTE: Prerequisite and completed or concurrently enrolled in US History.  This course satisfies the .5 credit Civics requirement for graduation.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 10-12
    PREREQUISITE: 11210A/B - U.S. History or 11225A/B - Advanced Placement US History 

    IBDP History A/B/C/D 19220A/B/C/D-IB

    This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade.  This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme.

    Junior Year (IBDP A&B) - World History
    Semester 1 topic is “Move to Global War”. The focus is on the rise of the Axis powers, Germany, Italy and Japan, from the late 1800’s to the start of WWII. The IB exam for this portion of the course is focused on document analysis and interpretation. As a result, the course is divided between learning content, document exposure and skill development.

    Semester 2 has two topics; “Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars” and “The Cold War”.
    Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars requires students to study and understand two different wars and be able to compare them with each other. The topic focuses on WWII and the Vietnam War. The Cold War is a comprehensive study of the entire Cold War (1945-91). Both of these topics are studied from the perspective of multiple countries. The IB exam for this portion of the course is in an essay format. It requires students to demonstrate in depth content knowledge and the ability to present an interpretation on a chosen topic supported by historical evidence. A total of two essays are written in 90 minutes.

    Senior Year (IBDP C&D)- History of the Americas
    There are three topics of study for the senior year; U.S. Civil War, The Great Depression and Civil Rights and Social Movements post 1945. Each of the topics is studied from the perspective of at least two countries in the Western Hemisphere. The focus is on in depth knowledge, perspective and historiography. These topics are assessed by IB in an essay format. The quality of writing and analysis is set to a higher standard than the essays from the world history topics, particularly with regards to perspective and historiography. The exam requires students to write three essays in 150 minutes.

    IB History Curriculum

    COURSE NOTE: This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. Each semester builds upon the previous semester in content and skills. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB.   Students who successfully pass the IB assessments may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.

    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: International Baccalaureate GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 19220B-IB - IBDP History B

    IBDP Psychology A/B/C/D 19240A/B/C/D-IB

    This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade.  This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme.

    Psychology is the systematic study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology has its roots in both the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications, and providing a unique approach to understanding modern society.
    IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behavior. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB psychology.
    IB Psychology takes a holistic approach that fosters intercultural understanding and respect. In the core of the IB psychology course, the biological level of analysis demonstrates what all humans share, whereas the cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis reveal the immense diversity of influences that produce human behavior and mental processes. Cultural diversity is explored and students are encouraged to develop empathy for the feelings, needs and lives of others within and outside their own culture. This empathy contributes to an international understanding.

    IB Psychology Curriculum

    COURSE NOTE: This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. Each semester builds upon the previous semester in content and skills. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB.   Students who successfully pass the IB assessments may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.

    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: International Baccalaureate GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 19240B-IB - IBDP Psychology B

    IBDP Environmental Systems & Societies A/B/C/D 19131A/B/C/D-IB
    This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade.  This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme.

    The Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) course is a transdisciplinary course (Experimental Science - Group 4, and Individuals and Societies - Group 3) it is unique in that it contains various sciences, coupled with a societal viewpoint, all intertwined to help students understand the environment and its sustainability. The purposes of this course it to expose students to the interrelationships of the environment and societies, and the nature of their interactions, so that they can make an informed personal response to a wide range of pressing global issues. The course requires field experiences which will further extend the interrelationships between the environment and societies.

    IB Environmental Systems & Societies Curriculum

    COURSE NOTE:  This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. Each semester builds upon the previous semester in content and skills. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB.  Students who successfully pass all IB assessments may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.

    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE:  International Baccalaureate GRADE:  11-12
    PREREQUISITES:  10120A/B - Biology or 10130A/B - Honors Biology
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 19131B/C/D-IB - IBDP Environmental Systems & Societies B/C/D