Social Studies

4002 – – ECONOMICS/GOVERNMENT CCC – – 1 High School Credit
4000 – – 6 CCC Credits

*Economics/Government CCC is comprised of two semester college courses as follows:

FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMICS CCC – – ½ High School Credit – – 3 CCC Credits

This course surveys economic principles, policies and issues, especially as they relate to the American economy.  As an introductory course, it covers basic micro and macroeconomic topics including the workings of the market mechanism, pricing, resource allocation theories, national income/product analysis and employment theory, the role of money, economic stabilization policies and their limitations, and current domestic and international economic problems.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN AMERICA – – ½ High School Credit – – 3 CCC Credits

This course is an introduction to the United States system of federal and constitutional government.  A special emphasis is placed on the means by which citizens actively participate in public policy decisions, and the relationship between the branches of national government and of the states to the central (Federal) system.

4021 – – ECONOMICS* – – ½ High School Credit

This course examines micro and macroeconomics through text readings, case studies and the Internet.  Topics covered include:  Comparative Economic Systems; Personal Finance (credit, budgeting, money management), Investment Strategies (real estate, stock market, bank options); The Process of Making Major Purchases (auto, home); Career Selection/Job Searches/Resumes; Business Organizations (proprietorships, partnerships, corporations); Taxation (Federal, State); Issues in Starting a Business; Advertising.  In addition, students are required to do a small business advertising project.  The students create advertising campaigns for their products in various formats (video, websites, power point slide show commercials).
*This course, along with Government (4020/4023), completes the fourth social studies credit required for graduation.

4020 – – GOVERNMENT* – – ½ High School Credit

This course focuses on the workings of the United States government and avenues for participation by citizens.  Topics covered include:  The roles of Citizens in Democracy (Emphasis on voting and other methods of citizen participation); Political Parties; Voting Behavior; Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups; The Powers of the President; The Legislative Process; Selected Supreme Court Case Studies.  In addition, there is a personal lobbying project, which allows students to lobby their representatives in the Federal and State governments on a substantial issue of their choice.
*This course, along with Economics (4021/4022), completes the fourth social studies credit required for graduation.

4001 – – UNITED STATES HISTORY CCC* – – 1 High School Credit – – 6 CCC Credits

*Students will take the United States History Regents Examination at the completion of this course.  This course is comprised of two semester college courses as follows:

HISTORY OF EARLY AMERICA – – ½ High School credit – – 3 CCC credits

This course surveys American development from early settlement through the end of the Civil War.  It traces the origin and growth of political, social and cultural institutions in early America.  Special emphasis is placed on key questions about the relevance and significance of American colonial life, the American Revolution, creation of the Constitution, Jeffersonian Republicanism, the War of 1812, Jacksonian Democracy, Manifest Destiny, slavery and the Civil War.

HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICA – – ½ High School credit – – 3 CCC Credits

This course surveys and examines selected problems and opportunities facing the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries.  It traces the development and growth of political, social and cultural institutions with emphasis on industrial growth, the Gilded Age, the Populist Movement, the Progressive Reform Movement, the rise of America as a world power, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the New Deal, World War II, the 1950’s, the 1960’s and the trials and tribulations of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

4024 – – UNITED STATES HISTORY – – 1 High School Credit

This Regents level course focuses on United States history from the Reconstruction Period to present day with a strong emphasis on dates, places, people and events that shaped America.  Topics explored in depth include the Constitution, significant Supreme Court cases and United States history.  A special emphasis is placed on good citizenship.  Armed with a strong background in their country’s past, students will be equipped to be good citizens in the future.

4018 – – GLOBAL HISTORY 10 HONORS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite: Must meet Honors criteria.
While the content of this Regents level course closely parallels Global History 10 (4026/4027), the honors program will involve students in more independent analysis, synthesis and evaluation of historical data.  Students are expected to maintain a high level of academic interest, demonstrate a sophisticated level of critical thinking and be self-motivated learners.  They must also demonstrate their ability to be effective writers in order to enhance communication and shared knowledge within the classroom.

4026 – – GLOBAL HISTORY 10 – – 1 High School Credit

This Regents level course is the second half of a two-year curriculum designed to focus on the Age of Revolutions (1750-1914) and continuing through Global Connections and Interactions (Post WW II – present).  Assessments during the year will include multiple-choice questions, compositions that reflect critical thinking and constructed answers based on the study of various primary and secondary documents (DBQs).  Time will be reserved for review of ninth grade topics.  The New York State Global History Regents Exam will be administered at the conclusion of this course.

4019 – – GLOBAL HISTORY 9 HONORS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Must meet Honors criteria.
This Regents level course is the first half of a two-year world history course.  While following the curriculum of Global Studies 9 (4028/4029), this course encourages greater in-depth analysis of history, geography and major world issues. – –

4028 – – GLOBAL HISTORY 9 – – 1 High School Credit

This Regents level course is the first half of a two-year world history course.  At the conclusion of sophomore year, students will be required to take a Regents Examination in Global History covering material learned in both years.  Topics examined in this course include the Five Themes of Geography, Map Skills, Methods of Anthropology and Archeology, the Ancient World and Empires, Medieval Europe, Medieval Japan, the Byzantine Empire, Mongols, Crusades, Plague, Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Age of European Exploration, Incan and Aztec Empires and Commercial Revolution.   Students will develop skills in map reading, reading and listening for information, interpreting charts and graphs, research, and essay writing.

4012 – – FILMS AND HISTORY – – 1/2 High School Credit

This elective course makes history come alive for students that long to visualize United States history.  Students will view popular films that closely parallel historical events.  Recent films such as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Thirteen Days in October”, as well as old standards such as “Failsafe”, will allow students to enjoy history and possibly become life-long enthusiasts.  A quiz will follow every film, and with the addition of a midterm and final exam, will measure knowledge gained from the films and accompanying discussion.  This course will reinforce concepts taught in required history courses.  Topics will always be historical in nature with the absolute minimum of controversial subjects.

4010 – – PSYCHOLOGY – – ½ High School Credit

This introductory course examines the foundation of modern psychology and the development of modern research methods.  Using case studies and text readings, the course explores Psychological Approaches (Psychoanalysis, Humanism, etc.), Motivation and Emotion, Consciousness (sleep cycles, dreams, hypnosis, concentration), Stress and Coping (defense mechanisms, substance abuse), Psychological Disorders, and Psychotherapy (various approaches).

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