Social Sciences 9 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS001
Social Science 9 is an integrated course of many Social Sciences subjects run over two years beginning (grades 9 and 10). Social Science 9 begins with the fundamental tools and concepts in Geography then moves on to a historical focus beginning from Pre-History through to the Early Modern Era. Historical inquiry of period is combined with exposure to Socials Sciences subjects other than History. Learning goals include providing an in-depth understanding of historical processes , periods and influential societies. Students learn to identify and describe cause and effect relationships, research and locate historical facts and distinguish fact from opinion. Overarching these learning goals is to foster student's interest in the Social Sciences and promotion of effective verbal and written communication skills.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9
Social Sciences 9 - ESL CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS002
Social Studies 9 - ESL course provides sheltered instruction to ELL students through the blending of social studies instructional practices and language acquisition pedagogy, and thus promotes a safe-inclusive classroom environment in which students can develop linguistic, socio-cultural, and academic skills that will enable them to acquire lexicon that is highly abstract and culturally embedded. During this course, students will examine and address the fundamental geographic, social, political, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped human history from Prehistory until the Early Modern Era.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 9 Co-enrollment: Intermediate ELL
Social Sciences 10 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS003
This course is a continuation of Social Sciences 9. It covers the period from the Enlightenment to the events marking the end of the Cold War and Social Science 10 concludes with a unit on contemporary challenges to humanity arising from globalization. This course is designed to further students’ comprehensive knowledge in the Social Sciences and develop and foster their critical skills pertaining to an impartial, multifaceted evaluation of world events, settings and figures. Through the acquisition and development of these skills, students are prepared for enrollment into any upper class elective subjects that are offered by the Social Sciences department.
Pre-requisite(s): Social Sciences 9 Open to grade(s): 10 Co-enrollment: English
AP Human Geography CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS004
AP Human Geography is a comprehensive study of Geography supplemented by computer labs. A principal goal of the class is to develop problem-solving skills. The course asks students view the world as geographers, ask relevant spatial questions, and supply the answers using standard methods of the profession. Students learn basic tools of mapping. This course takes a multidisciplinary approach as it studies population, cultures, political boundaries, local economics, agriculture, cities and urban organization, and environmental considerations. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to enable students to recognize current events and changing trends in the world through geographic perspectives.
Pre-requisite(s): World Cultures and teacher approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12 Co-enrollment: Computer Lab
AP Psychology CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS005
This course is academically rigorous. This is a first-year college level course that requires students to have excellent English language skills and reading stamina. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students enrolled in this AP subject sit an external esam at the end of the school year.
Pre-requisite(s): Instructor Approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12
IB Psychology CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS010
IB Psychology students study feelings, thoughts and behaviour, systematically examining interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences. IB psychology takes a multidisciplinary approach through a variety of research techniques to develop understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied for understanding human behaviour. Students are introduced to three approaches of psychology, biological, cognitive and sociocultural. Theories are critically evaluated to promote a holistic, integrated and dynamic understanding of human behaviour employing qualitative and quantitative methods to test observations and hypotheses. Ethics of psychological research are also key considerations. Four options (abnormal, developmental, health and relational psychology) provide opportunity to apply specific inquiry, broaden experience of the discipline and develop critical thinking. This is a two-year long course.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 11, 12
AP Comparative Government CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS011
AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts of political science to study the processes and outcomes of politics in various settings. Students examine the diversity of political life and available institutional alternatives to explain differences in processes and policy and the importance of global political and economic changes. Comparison assists in identifying problems and analyzing policymaking. In addition to major concepts to organize and interpret political phenomena and relationships, students examine specific countries and their governments. Six countries form the core of the course. China, UK, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran and Russia, all regularly covered in college-level introductory comparative politics courses. By using these six core countries, the course moves from abstract definition to concrete example, noting that not all concepts apply equally in all country settings.
Pre-requisite(s): Social science 9/10 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12
IB Global Politics CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS011
IB Global Politics draws on a variety of socials sciences and humanities, reflecting the complex nature of contemporary politics to enable critical analysis, perspectives and approaches to politics and challenges of our changing world and their role as active global citizens. The course explores the concepts of power, equality, sustainability and peace in a range of contexts. Students develop an understanding of local, national, international and global political activity and processes and explore political issues affecting their own lives. Students develop understanding of abstract political concepts through real-world international studies to ensure a wide, transnational perspective. The core units of the course together make up a central unifying theme of "people, power and politics". The course explores politics at state level and how these impact non-state actors, communities, groups and individuals. Power is crucial to understanding the dynamics, tensions and outcomes of global politics. Conflict, migration and climate change are explored through the political lens. This is a two-year course.
Pre-requisite(s): Social science 9/10 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12 Co-enrollment: Computer Lab
Sociology CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS012
Sociology is the systematic study of human societies and the different social settings developed over time. The sociology course is focused on understanding how and why people have historically grouped in societies. Concepts addressed include the basic components of society; causes of inequality and the interdependent relationship between educational, political, economic and social aspects of society. This task–oriented elective course provides students with an opportunity to reflect on and discuss their own experiences as social actors. The tasks included may require in-school and out-of-school field work aimed at enhancing the experiential-learning dimension of the course.
Pre-requisite(s): World Cultures and World History Open to grade(s): 11, 12
Economics and Business Studies CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS013
Economics and Business Studies examines the fundamental concepts in economics and business. Students will be presented with economic theories and are required to report on weekly current events. They will gain firsthand experience in planning, operating, and liquidating a company. Students examine the historical development of economics as well as consider current economic events in countries and businesses throughout the world. Guest speakers and field trips will be used to emphasize areas of interest of the students. Public speaking, problem solving, decision making and research skills are required throughout numerous class project assignments.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): 11, 12
AP Economics CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS014
AP Economics incorporates both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. It is designed to develop disciplined economic reasoning, the ability to apply tools of economic analysis to situations and data, and to explain the findings from this clearly. The course helps students gain an understanding of how individuals and societies organize themselves in the pursuit of economic objectives. By the end of the course students will develop the ability to evaluate economic theories, concepts, situations and data; and compare economic realities in which individuals and societies function today. Students must be knowledgeable about current event, have strong studying habits, critical reasoning and ability to follow fast-paced college level course. Students enrolled in this AP subject sit an external esam at the end of the school year.
Pre-requisite(s): Algebra 2 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12
IB Economics CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: SS015
First year IB Economics examines the economic theories of microeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, and the economic theories of macroeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting countries, governments and societies. Grade 12 IB Economics explores International Trade and Development through macroeconomic theory and contemporary developments. These economic theories are applied to real-world issues. Prominent among these issues are fluctuations in economic activity, international trade, economic development and environmental sustainability. Students must be knowledgeable about current events, have strong studying habits, critical reasoning and ability to follow fast-paced college level course. This is a two-year long course.
Pre-requisite(s): Algebra 2 and Teacher Approval Open to grade(s): 11, 12