Courses in the social sciences from K12 address the principle issues from socially-oriented fields in ways that cohere with other K12 curricula, notably in science and history. They also prepare students for the world of global interactions awaiting them in work, travel, and potential further studies after high school.
The kindergarten program takes your student on a world tour of the seven continents, and provides an overview of American History through a series of biographies of famous Americans. The program in grades 1-4 tells the story of civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Older students explore major themes and topics in greater depth through a pair of two-year survey courses, one on World History and the other on American History. Students examine why events happened as well what happened as they explore history and practice historical thinking skills.
Psychology and anthropology courses delve into the nature of humanity viewed both externally and internally, using a perspective provided by the long history of achievements in the fields, updated with the latest findings. Courses addressing cultural and political issues take a global perspective while sustaining a balanced and evenhanded approach. Those courses treating the specific structures and functions of government within the United States demonstrate this same balanced perspective, and always touch on the global context even when the focus is primarily American.
Courses in economics review the fundamental terminology, topics, and issues crucial for understanding today's complex and shifting financial landscape, and offer a firm foundation for grasping breaking news and shaping students' future professional decisions. Courses satisfy national standards and follows state guidelines where defined. Multiple versions of certain courses allow for appropriate placement, and all Advanced Placement courses satisfy the College Board's requirements.
This course is the equivalent of an introductory college-level course. Students learn why and how the world economy can change from month to month, how to identify trends in our economy, and how to use those trends to develop performance measures and predictors of economic growth or decline. Students also examine how individuals and institutions are influenced by employment rates, government spending, inflation, taxes, and production. Students prepare for the AP exam and for further study in business, political science, and history.
This course is the equivalent of an introductory collegelevel course. Students receive an overview of current psychological research methods and theories. They explore the therapies used by professional counselors and clinical psychologists, and examine the reasons for normal human reactions: how people learn and think, the process of human development and human aggression, altruism, intimacy, and self-reflection. Students prepare for the AP Exam and for further studies in psychology and life sciences.
This course spans the Neolithic Age to the present in a rigorous academic format organized by chronological periods and viewed through fundamental concepts and course themes. Students analyze the causes and processes of continuity and change across historical periods. Themes include human-environment interaction, cultures, expansion and conflict, political and social structures, and economic systems. This is the second semester of HST560.
Anthropologists research the characteristics and origins of the cultural, social, and physical development of humans and consider why some cultures change and others come to an end. In this High School course, students are introduced to the five main branches of anthropology: physical, cultural, linguistic, social, and archeological.
In this High School course, students investigate why human beings think and act the way they do. This is an introductory course that broadly covers several areas of psychology. Instructional material presents theories and current research for students to critically evaluate and understand. Students learn how to define and use key terms of psychology and how to apply psychological principles to their own lives.
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