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Social Studies
In the high school Social Studies course of study students will investigate political and social histories. They will discover their interdependence on global as well as cultural relationships. Students enjoy a wide menu of courses from United States history to social psychology. These courses are enhanced on all levels by media and internet research projects.

StandardHonorsClass of 2021
Grade 9
US HistoryUS History (H)US History or US History (H)
Grade 10
US GovernmentUS Government (H)US Government or US Government (H)
Grade 11/12
Electives
  • AP US Government/Politics
  • AP US History
  • IB Psychology SL
  • IB World History SL
  • IB Global Politics SL
  • 2 Semesters worth of electives, one of which
  • must include World History and Civilizations (1/2)


Courses
U.S. History
SS102
Credits: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
The primary scope of the course is the events, people, and ideas from the rise of American industry starting in the 1870's to modern times. Connections will be made between events in America and around the world. Important topics students will explore in this course include historic documents, westward expansion, Native American life, rise of industry and labor, the Progressive Era, rise of the U.S. as a world power, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, Atomic Era and Cold War, Korean War, Civil Rights, Vietnam War, the women's movement, and contemporary life in America and the world. This course will prepare students for success on teh state-mandated test.
U.S. Government
SS903
Credits: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
A primary goal of this course will be citizenship information; a well informed citizen may become a participating citizen. This course will review the function, structure, and process of local, state, and national governments. Units of study will include constitutional foundation and philosophy, political parties and elections, political behavior, civil rights, political socialization, decision making, the Presidency, the judiciary, the legislative branch, and comparative political systems. This course will prepare students for success on the state mandated test.
U.S. Government Online
SS905
Credits: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisites: U.S. History (SC102)
Notes: Success in this non-traditional course requires students to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. All students enrolled in this class will still complete End of Year Testing given by the Ohio Department of Education. Also note that athletes planning to play collegiate sports need to be aware that this course is not approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Course Description:
A primary goal of this course will be citizenship information; a well informed citizen may become a participating citizen. This course will review the function, structure, and process of local, state, and national governments. Units of study will include constitutional foundation and philosophy, political parties and elections, political behavior, civil rights, political socialization, decision making, the Presidency, the judiciary, the legislative branch, and comparative political systems. Students are required to meet before or after school with the instructor for face to face meetings and exams periodically throughout the semester.
U.S. History (H)
SS112
Credits: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisites: Recommendation of 8th grade Social Studies teacher is required
Notes: Completion of summer assignment is highly recommended.
Course Description:
This is a rigorous course designed for students with a high interest and aptitude in historical topics. The primary scope of the course is the events, people, and ideas from the rise of American industry starting in the 1870's to modern times. Connections will be made between events in America and around the world. Students will be required to complete one research paper per semester, investigate historical documents, and write reviews on books, magazines, and journals. This course is recommended for those students with good study skills and a special interest in history. This course will prepare students for success on the state mandated tests.
U.S. Government (H)
SS913
Credits: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisites: Recommendation of 9th grade U.S. History teacher
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course requires a substantial amount of reading and is recommended for students with a deep-seeded interest and passion for government and politics. This course will grapple with the complexity and fragmentation of the United States government. Students will analyze the origins and roots of constitutional democracy, the system of federalism, the formation and development of political parties, the institutions/branches of government established in the written constitution, the linkage institutions that connect people to government, and the formal and informal ways to amend the Constitution. This course will prepare students for success on the state mandated test.
AP U.S. Government and Politics
SS514
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: U.S. Government (H) (SS913) strongly recommended
Notes: None
Course Description:
The full-year course explores the political theory and everyday practice that direct the daily operation of our government and shape our public policies. The express purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the AP Exam for U.S. Government and Politics. This course is taught on a college level and it requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for every class. The objectives of this course go beyond a basic analysis of how our government operates. Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system.
AP U.S. History
SS504
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: U.S. History (H) (SC112) strongly recommended
Notes: None
Course Description:
This is a very rigorous, fast-paced course appropriate for students with strong reading and writing skills, a heightened interest in U.S. History and a willingness to work very hard. The course combines mastering factual knowledge and analytical skills to examine the events, people, and ideas from U.S. colonial history to present day, connecting events in the United States with the world. Students engage in historical investigation, evaluate primary and secondary sources, and present evidence clearly in a written format.
IB Psychology SL - YR 1
SS710 SS720
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Psychology (SS314) strongly recommended
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course will be an in-depth investigation into three core areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, and socio-cultural. The notions of pop psychology will be challenged as we start to analyze and critically evaluate theories and psychological experiments. This course is academically demanding and requires students to keep up with the fast paced curriculum, textbooks, and outside readings which are at college level. Skills to be developed include independent learning, critical thinking, research skills, data analysis, and a technical writing style. This course is in preparation for the IB SL assessment which requires an outside examination and a replication of a simple experiment.
IB Psychology HL - YR 2
SS730
Credits: 1
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: IB Psych HL-YR 1 (SS720)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course will be an introduction to experimental research methodology and qualitative research in psychology. Areas of study may include developmental, health, sports, or human relations. This course is in preparation for the IB HL examination and is a continuation of SS720.
IB History SL - YR 1
SS610 SS620
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: Summer assignment is highly recommended. This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
This course focuses on the cause and effects of war in the 20th century. The topic explores the causes of wars, the way in which warfare was conducted, the use of technology, and the impact these factors had upon the outcome. This will include the First and Second World Wars. It will explore Japanese expansionism from 1931 to 1941, and German and Italian expansionism from 1933 to 1940. The focus is on the causes of expansion, key events, and international responses to that expansion.
IB History HL - YR 2
SS630
Credits: 1
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: IB History HL-YR 1 (SS620)
Notes: Summer assignment is highly recommended.
Course Description:
This course focuses on the causes, practices, and effects of war in the 20th century. The topic explores the causes of wars, the way in which warfare was conducted, the use of technology, and the impact these factors had upon the outcome. This will include the First and Second World Wars. It will explore Japanese expansionism from 1931 to 1941, and German and Italian expansionism from 1933 to 1940. The focus is on the causes of expansion, key events, and international responses to that expansion.
IB Global Politics SL
SS810
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: U.S. Government (SS903)
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021 and beyond.
Course Description:
This course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, liberty, and equality, focusing on the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity. This course also seeks to introduce students to more modern issues through the study of the global landscape and the investigation of issues affecting their own lives. Dialogue and debate will be encouraged throughout this course as we seek to develop a globally minded approach to modern political issues.
Comparative World Religions
SS304
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the historical study of different religions, their beliefs, practices, and traditions. Students will examine most of the major world religions from their origin, goals, ideals, and their current role in today's society. This study will discuss the role world religions play in contemporary issues and events. Religions to be studied will include Eastern Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism) and Western Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), with some discussion that these are more populous and that others exist. Students will develop a basic understanding of how religion was spread throughout the world and will also discuss the religious diversity of the United States today.
Contemporary Global Issues
SS334
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
Contemporary Global Issues seeks to introduce students to more modern issues through the study of our current global landscape. Study will address how global and regional issues are a direct reflection of historical influences and differing cultural perspectives throughout modern history. Students will investigate topics such as the long lasting effects of imperialism (i.e. Genocide and regional conflict), the role of government in regards to national security and international diplomacy, sustainability and world health issues, civil and human rights, and the globalization of trade, economy, and technology.
Economics
SS324
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This is a survey course that focuses on the study of the way individuals, households, businesses, and government participate in the operation of the U.S. economy. The primary objective of this course is to teach students the basic economic concepts that will enable them to make better choices in the marketplace and the voting booth and therefoer become better consumers and citizens. The free enterprise system will be evaluated and compared with the command economy system. Students will also study the concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, business organizations, competition, labor, agriculture, and government policy. An analysis of contemporary economic problems such as social welfare, competition in teh marketplace, and profit will be emphasized. This course also will have a unit of personal finance which will emphasize budgeting, investments, credit, buying, and finding a job.
Psychology
SS314
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course is strongly recommended for students planning to take IB Psychology. Special permission to take this course as a sohpmore may be granted by the counselor if scheduling concerns for the IB course exist.
Course Description:
This course examines human behavior emphasizing physical and environmental factors. Topics include the development of psychological theories, the influence of heredity, and the environment on development, personality, intellectual ability, sensation and perception, and abnormal behavior. Psychological terminology and concepts are presented using text, outside readings, discussion, self-tests, demonstrations, research, simulations, and role-playing. This class seeks to develop the student's curiosity about human behavior.
Sociology
SS214
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Sociology is the study of groups and society. Students will learn to look beyond the generally accepted explanations of social behavior and acquire a better understanding of the social forces that influence their lives. Topics covered in this course include society, theory, socialization, culture, and current social issues. This course is project based and ideal for students who are active participants in their learning, are self-motivated, and eager to share life's experiences through discussion and class participation.
Sports and Society
SS404
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Sports continually impact the world in which we live. This elective history course will examine the development of sports in America and focus on the impact sports have on our society, economy, culture, and politics. The focus will be on sports as the reflection of our social, political, and economic make-up and its ability to shape our institutions. This course will rely heavily on the use of primary and secondary sources and all forms of media to research and evaluate unit themes.
Urban Studies
SS414
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
At the beginning of the 19th century, only 3 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Then new technologies like the steam engine and railroads began to transform society. As the industrial Revolution unfolded, people streamed from rural areas to cities. This course will help the student better understand the birth of cities and their future, with special emphasis on urban history and geography, demographics and culture, urban sprawl and suburbs, class divisions and homelessness, infrastructures and economic development, schools and crime, city services, and the status of urbanization in interdependent, global economy. Special emphasis will be placed on the city of Dayton and its surrounding suburbs.
World Geography
SS311
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
We live in a continually shrinking and interdependent world. Our standard of living depends upon outside resources and markets while our politics is shaped by developments from all over the world. This course will provide students with a basic foundation to better understand the world through a geographic analysis of world regions. Using maps to locate the world's physical features and political divisions are important course objectives. Regional geography, history, economics, and social structure will be examined to determine their influence upon our lives as well as world events.
World History: Ancient Civilizations
SS401
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until 1500 AD. Students will use the skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the world.
World History: Modern Civilizations
SS402
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from 1500 AD until the present. Students will use the skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the world.
World History Through Film
SS403
Credits:
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This course meets the State of Ohio's graduation requirement for World History and Civilization for the Class of 2021.
Course Description:
In this semester elective course, students will examine major events and movements from World History. Students will use film, literature, and primary and secondary sources to understand and evaluate political, social, cultural movements that have shaped history. In addition to viewing films, students will be expected to complete readings on assigned topics and multiple writing activities. Students will develop skills such as close reading, evaluating information presented in multiple formats, presenting information informally on a class blog, and writing a historical narrative. Students will build on their limited knowledge of world history to focus on a deeper analysis of the material.