SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

The social studies courses are designed to challenge students to seek a unified understanding of the past, and to comprehend the complexities of life in the world today.  We feel this can best be accomplished in a meaningful way by showing students they need to be aware of the development of society's institutions and that they are a vital part of a continuing process.

U.S. HISTORY: Grade 9, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite  

Note: HIS151 & HIS152 may be substituted by special permission during a meeting with the Freshman Academy Counselor, a 4-year high school plan must be presented.  All students may take HIS151 & HIS152 as elective credit in grades 10-12. 

History is our nation's common memory. It binds us together in the present and helps us understand how to meet the challenges of the future.

This is a survey course with the focus on the human face of history. Emphasis is placed on how historical events have influenced students' lives and how their lives might have been affected if events had happened differently. Emphasis is also placed on their ability to think critically and reflectively because with this ability they become citizens who can make informed and responsible decisions.

One of the goals of this course is to make students aware of the dynamic nature of American history described in the words of famous historian Arthur M. Schlesinger: "The Genius of America lies in its capacity to forge a single nation from peoples of remarkably diverse racial, religious, and ethnic origins... The American identity will never be fixed and final; it will always be in the making." #2000

U.S. HISTORY HONORS: Grade 9, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite  

Note: HIS151 & HIS152 (page 66) may be substituted by special permission during a meeting with the Freshman Academy Counselor, a 4-year high school plan must be presented.  All students may take HIS151 & HIS152 as elective credit in grades 10-12. 

US History Honors will intensively examine America’s development in the areas of social, political, cultural, economic, and diplomatic factions from the Civil War to present day. The aim of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of America’s past, present, and future while developing higher level thinking, reading, and writing skills. This course will be fast paced and rigorous, with the students taking a greater responsibility for their own learning. A successful student in this course will be highly motivated, an excellent reader, and possess above average writing skills. This is an honors course and expectations placed on students will be high, as will the time demands.  #2001

WORLD HISTORY: Grade 10, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

The History of Civilization studies people and events that shape or change the way people live on earth. Thus, this course will investigate the conceptual knowledge of history - the "how" and "why" of change and the recurring themes that provide continuity to our past and present.  Special emphasis will be given to the ever-expanding interacting community, the impact of technology on major cultures and the trend toward a global culture and its effect on "traditional values."  Students will utilize a variety of resources such as video, primary sources and computer resources, library resources, and texts to investigate the history of civilization and the changes that have affected mankind. #2101

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: Grade 11, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the major concepts of the U.S. Constitution and to provide understanding of both the structure and processes of the American political system.

This course acquaints students with the facts about the foundations of governmental institutions. Instruction is given in the vocabulary, organizational structures, institutions, laws, and legal opinions that make up the framework of American government. The intent is to provide a firm knowledge base, which is a prerequisite to understanding.

This course also provides instruction in political behavior. Informal processes, pressures, compromise, and the problems of government are all provided to allow students to see government in operation, believing it necessary for students to understand those processes that are in large part responsible for most political decision making.

American Government attempts to blend knowledge of structure and political behavior in an attempt to give students an appreciation for effective citizen participation in the political process and thus to motivate positive, active citizenship. #2205

ECONOMICS/FINANCIAL LITERACY: Grade 11, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Economics is the study of how individuals, households, businesses, and government decide to employ their given talents and resources to best meet their many needs and desires. The course will acquaint students with the basic theories and laws that govern production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Topics such as:  prices, business organization, money, banking, labor, and comparative economics systems will be covered.  

Students will also cover basic personal finance including budgeting, planning for college, and investing. #2201

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Grade 9-12, Semester = 1 CR, No Prerequisite

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 will 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).  #2310

AP MACROECONOMICS: Grade 11-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite. This course offered only even years beginning Fall 2020

AP Macroeconomics will 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. Strong algebra skills are necessary for successful completion of this course. #2208

AP MICROECONOMICS: Grade 11-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite. This course offered only odd years beginning Fall 2019

AP Microeconomics will 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. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. #2207

PSYCHOLOGY: Grade 10-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

Psychology is the science that deals with the behavior and thinking of individuals.  Any student who has wondered "Why do people behave the way the do?" would find this course of interest.  Areas of study include: methods of research, human development, heredity, environment, theories of personality, learning processes, thinking processes, perception, motivation, emotions, frustration, adjustment mechanisms, coping with stress, conflict, personality disturbances, treatment of personality disturbances, behavior in small groups, attitudes, leadership, peer-group influence, and social interaction.

This course is not only important for those students considering a college major in psychology but also professions that require some course work in human relations, such as teaching, business, medicine, law, social work, counseling, journalism, political science, law enforcement and numerous others.  Students may not take second semester without taking first semester. No mid-year transfers. #2303

AP PSYCHOLOGY: Grade 10-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

AP Psychology is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human begins and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, experimental and research methodology, as well as ethics associated with psychology. All students who take this class must be willing to accept a challenging and rigorous amount of course work, they should be highly motivated, strong readers, and possess an outstanding work ethic. The aim of the course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in an introductory college psychology course. To obtain college credit for the course, a student must take and pass the AP Psychology test with an acceptable score. #2304

SOCIOLOGY: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

Sociology involves the scientific study of society. The course includes the following:  research methods, culture, norms, roles, groups, social stratification, social institutions, socialization, collective behavior, social change, and social problems. #2302

SOCIOLOGY – Development of Sociological Theories: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

Development of Sociological Theories is for students who desire a greater, in-depth look at the development of classical sociological thinkers and emerging experts in the discipline. This course will rely on students reading theorists’ writing, opposed to summaries or excerpts of their writings, and using theorists’ writing to analyze current events.  #2314

THE HOLOCAUST – An IN-DEPTH STUDY: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Students will examine the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives and sources, including but not limited to fiction and non-fiction texts, personal testimonials, video, and in-class discussion.  This class also requires an active role from the students through reading various points-of-view, participation in class discussions, and forming opinions based upon their views of the information provided. This class not only focuses specifically on the Holocaust, it examines the overarching concept of Genocide both historically and throughout the contemporary world today. #2004

SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS: Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Students will focus on essential social studies skills including US and World history, government, and financial literacy. Emphasis is also placed on their ability to think critically and reflectively because with this ability they become citizens who can make informed and responsible decisions. Topics such as: prices, business organization, money, banking, labor, and comparative economic systems will be covered. 

INTRO TO US HISTORY: Grade=9, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Intro to US History is a yearlong course, a modified curriculum of the general education US History course. Emphasis is placed on how historical events have influenced students’ lives and how their lives might have been affected if events had happened differently. Emphasis is also placed on their ability to think critically and reflectively because with this ability they become citizens who can make informed and responsible decisions. #321, 3212

INTRO TO WORLD HISTORY: Grade=10, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Intro to World History is modified from the general education World History course. The History of Civilization studies people and events that shape or change the way people live on earth. Thus, this course will investigate the conceptual knowledge of history- the “how” and “why” of change and the recurring themes that provide continuity to our past and present. Special emphasis will be given to the ever-expanding interacting community, the impact of technology on major cultures and the trend toward a global culture and its effect on “traditional values.”  #323, 3232

INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS: Grade=11-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Intro to US Government/Economics is modified from the general education American Government and Economics courses. The first semester is modified coursework from American Government which gets students familiar with the facts about the foundations of governmental institutions. Instruction is given in the vocabulary, organizational structures, institutions, laws, and legal opinions that make up the framework of American government. The intent is to provide a firm knowledge base, as well as an appreciation of effective citizen participation in the political process and thus to motivate positive, active citizenship. The second semester is modified coursework from Economics. The course will acquaint students with the basic theories and laws that govern production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Topics such as: prices, business organization, money, banking, labor, and comparative economic systems will be covered. #325

INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The following Indian Hills Community College courses are offered for concurrent credit.  Successful completion of any of these courses will result in 1 OHS credit toward OHS graduation AND 3 college credits at IHCC. See Page 10 for proficiency requirements. OHS discipline and attendance policies apply. 

HIS110 WESTERN CIVILIZATION: ANCIENT TO EARLY MODERN
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course examines the development of the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean region, the medieval world of Manorialism and Feudalism, the Investiture Conflict, and Crusades, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Thirty Years War, the English Civil War, and the Age of Louis XIV.  #HIS110

HIS111 WESTERN CIVILIZATION: EARLY MODERN TO PRESENT 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course examines the background to the French Revolution, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era, industrialization and nationalism, German and Italian unification, neo-colonialism, WWI, the Russian Revolution, the interwar period, the rise of Fascism and Nazism, WWII, the Cold War, the collapse of communism and the emergence of the European Union.  #HIS111

HIS121 ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course examines the cultural, political, and historical heritages of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Levant, Greece, and Rome.  #HIS121

HIS151 U.S. HISTORY TO 1877 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course covers European discovery and settlement of the Americas. Topics include: European colonial expansion, colonial wars, colonial governments, the Revolutionary War, the adoption of the Constitution and the growth and development of the United States through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  #HIS151

HIS152 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1877 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course examines Westward expansion, industrialization, immigration, and urbanization. Topics include populism and the Progressive Era, WWI, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War and the post-Cold War period.  #HIS152

POL111 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT: 
Grade 11-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

This course studies the processes and policies of the United States national government, political parties, campaigns and elections, public opinion, interest groups, media coverage and current political issues. The course also examines principles of the Constitution and the structure and behavior of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. #POL111