Social Studies


SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

 

Chris Angell Matthew Bruce

Cody Kober Mike DiFiore

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  • GLOBAL STUDIES 9

A Two-year course covering global history in chronological order.  This approach allows students to study world history from Ancient Times, in ninth grade, to Modern Times, in tenth grade. The curriculum is based around the New York State Social Studies Standards--History, Geography, Economics, Civics, Citizenship and Government.  This two-year course culminates in a Regents Exam in Global History given at the end of 10th grade.  Starting in June 2018, the Regents Exam will only cover the period of 1750-Modern Period.  

CREDIT: 1.0  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • GLOBAL STUDIES 10

A Two-year course covering global history in chronological order.  This approach allows students to study world history from Ancient Times, in ninth grade, to Modern Times, in tenth grade. The curriculum is based around the New York State Social Studies Standards--History, Geography, Economics, Civics, Citizenship and Government.  This two-year course culminates in a Regents Exam in Global History given at the end of 10th grade.  Starting in June 2018, the Regents Exam will only cover the period of 1750-Modern Period.

CREDIT: 1.0  FINAL ASSESSMENT: GLOBAL HISTORY REGENTS EXAM

  • US HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

GRADE 11

This course offers a study in United States History and Government from the Colonial Period to modern times, with discussions surrounding the social, political, economic, religious, and moral issues of the times.  

Students enrolled in this course will learn to analyze, organize, process and communicate accurate social studies information and ideas.  Successful completion of this course requires passing the United States History and Government Regents Exam given in June. 

CREDIT: 1.0  FINAL ASSESSMENT: US HISTORY REGENTS EXAM

  • ECONOMICS

This is a required course that is designed to make students more aware of modern economic conditions.  Some of the units covered are-- Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Consumer Economics, and International Economics.  Current events and local news are also discussed to make the curriculum more relevant to the students’ lives. 

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM

  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY 

This course enables students that have a particular interest or aptitude to study US History on an advanced level.  The Advanced Placement Course in US History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US History.  Students should learn to assess historical materials--their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance as well as to weight the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. 

CREDIT: 1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT: AP EXAM AND THE US HISTORY REGENTS EXAM


  • GOVERNMENT

A required course based on a study of our government installations, the three branches, checks and balances, veto and following of certain bills from committee through passage.  Periodicals including “Time”, “Newsweek” and the “National Observer” are used.

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • THE COLD WAR (ELECTIVE)

Recent History- The Cold War: 1945-1991

The United States and the Soviet Union left WWII as the two Superpowers in the World.  During the time period of 1945-1991, the political, economic and social issues have had lasting effects on a society.  This course will dissect the main conflicts between the two nations and examine any lasting effects: Rise of the Bolsheviks; “Allies” in WWII; End of WWII: Yalta Conference, Potsdam Conference; Atomic Age; Flare Ups- Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Afghanistan(1979); MAD, Dètente, Containment; Perestroika, Glasnost, Fall of USSR. Students will utilize many primary sources to learn about the Cold War.  Students will write in a fashion which will assist any needed writing on a Regen Exam or in college.  Discussion in class will be expected. 

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • HISTORY THROUGH MOVIES (ELECTIVE)

This course examines historically oriented motion pictures as both primary and secondary sources, that can be critically analyzed for its perspectives, interpretive choices, biases, and reliability.  We examine the relative successes or failures that major movies have had in portraying the past, and analyze how present events, cultures and attitudes shape our view of the past.  As historians we usually analyze and use traditional primary and secondary sources; it is helpful to apply many of those same skills in our approach to non-traditional sources, such as these movies.  

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM

 

  • CRIMINOLOGY (ELECTIVE)

The management of the criminal justice system includes the study of police, courts and corrections.  We will study the social, legal and psychological ramifications crime has upon our society as well as victimology.  Supreme Court cases concerning the rights of the accused will be addressed as well. 

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • CURRENT EVENTS (ELECTIVE)

This is a course that will include discussion and evaluation of  world current events.  Social, political and economic breaking news will be covered.  There will be writing assignments derived from class discussions, based on research. 

CREDIT: 0.5  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


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