Social Sciences 9
Social Science 9 is an integrated course of 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 Prehistory 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 the students’ interest in the social sciences and promote effective verbal and written communication skills.
Open to grade(s): 9
Social Sciences 9 ESL
This course provides sheltered instruction to English Language Learners students through the blending of social studies instructional practices and language acquisition pedagogy, thus it 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. Students may be invited to transition between Social Science 9 ESL and Social Science 9, upon the recommendation of their instructor, and provided that they demonstrate mastery of course learning objectives, including growth in English language proficiency sufficient to support the transition.
Open to grade(s): 9
Social Sciences 10
Social Science 10 is an integrated course of Social Sciences subjects, with a focus on world history. It covers the period from the Enlightenment to the events marking the end of the Cold War, and concludes with a unit on contemporary challenges to humanity arising from globalization. This course is designed to develop and foster the students’ critical thinking skills pertaining to an impartial, multifaceted evaluation of world events, settings and figures. Students learn how to make sense of the past and practice important skills, such as evaluating historical evidence or making judgments about an argument or point of view. Furthermore, this course is designed to develop the transferable literacy skills that will help students to become effective students of history. The class coherently supports the literacy skills students need most to study history 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
Social Sciences 10 ESL
This course provides continuing sheltered instruction to English Language Learners students through the blending of social studies instructional practices and language acquisition pedagogy. This course builds upon learning accomplished in Social Science 9 ESL, and/or serves as a bridge to Social Science 10. It 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 world history from the Early Modern Period until the Postwar Period.
Open to grade(s): 10
Writing Workshop 10, Social Science CREDIT: 0.5
This course is an extension of Social Science 10. This course introduces students to media literacy. Its main objective is to shape smart media consumers who are able to access, analyze, evaluate and construct digital media messages. This course aims to show students how media influence cultures, politics and societies, on a national, regional and international level. Students are taught strategies to identify manipulated messages and analyze them: it is about raising their resistance to false and biased messages.
Pre-requisite(s): be concurrently enrolled in Social Science 10 for the first semester Open to grade(s): 10
AP Psychology CREDIT: 1.0
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 exam at the end of the school year.
Pre-requisite(s): a diagnostic test Open to grade(s): 10, 11, 12
IB Psychology SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
This two-year course takes a multidisciplinary approach through a variety of research techniques to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied for understanding human behavior. Students are introduced to three approaches of psychology: the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural. Theories are critically evaluated to promote a holistic, integrated and dynamic understanding of human behavior employing qualitative and quantitative methods to test observations and hypotheses. The ethics of psychological research is also a key consideration. Four options (abnormal, developmental, health and relational psychology) provide opportunity to apply specific inquiry, broaden experience of the discipline and develop critical thinking.
Open to grade(s): 11, 12
AP Comparative Government CREDIT: 1.0
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of political science, namely 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 and 10, and a diagnostic test Open to grade(s): 12
IB Global Politics SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
IB Global Politics draws on a variety of social sciences and humanities, reflecting on the complex nature of contemporary politics to enable critical analysis, perspectives and approaches to politics, and challenges to 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 an 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 and 10, and a diagnostic test Open to grade(s): 11, 12
Business/Management CREDIT: 1.0
This course is designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze, discuss, and evaluate business activities at local, national, and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Conceptual learning is firmly anchored in business management theories, tools and techniques and placed in the context of real world examples and case studies. The course encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns at both a local and global Business level.
Open to grade(s): 11, 12
AP Economics CREDIT: 1.0
This course is designed to develop disciplined economic reasoning, the ability to apply the 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 events, have strong study habits, critical reasoning, and the ability to follow a 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): GPA 8.0+; diagnostic test 50% minimum; teacher recommendation Open to grade(s): 11, 12
IB Economics SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
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 study habits, critical reasoning and ability to follow fast-paced college level course. This is a two-year long course.
Pre-requisite(s): Open to grade(s): 11, 12