Social Studies Department

To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn three credits of social studies: World History & Geography, U.S. History & Geography, U.S. Government & Civics (1/2 credit) and Economics (1/2 credit). All students must take the Civics exam to graduate.


WORLD HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12
  • Regular or honors course required for graduation

This course provides students with knowledge of our global history beginning in 1500 to the present; focusing on the eras of the Renaissance, Exploration, Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Democracy, WWI, Nationalism, WWII, Cold War, and Globalization. Emphasis is placed on geographic influences on history and connections will be made with relevant Tennessee and U.S. History connections. Students will analyze and interpret primary source documents and the course will emphasize development of history writing skills.



ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-10
  • This course satisfies the World History and Geography credit for graduation

The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).


ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • This course satisfies the World History and Geography credit for graduation

AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; individual and society; and national and European identity.


STATE DUAL CREDIT AMERICAN HISTORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam 'cut score' receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution.
  • This course meets the graduation requirement for the U.S. History credit

Students will examine the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America’s growing role in world diplomatic relations, including the Spanish American War and World War I. Students will study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal. Students will also learn about the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War II, as well as its consequences for American life. Students will explore the causes and course of the Cold War. Students will study the important social, cultural, economic, and political changes resulting from the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Additionally, students will learn the causes and consequences of contemporary issues impacting their world today. Students will continue to use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since Reconstruction with special attention to Tennessee connections in history, geography, politics, and people. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States history standards. Finally, students will focus on current human and physical geographic issues important in contemporary America and the global society.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Regular or AP course required for graduation

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also povides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.


U.S. GOVERNMENT & CIVICS

  • Half Semester
  • 1/2 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Regular or AP course required for graduation; Must take Civics test to graduate

Students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Tennessee and various local governments. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States Government and Civics standards.


ECONOMICS

  • Half Semester
  • 1/2 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Regular or AP course required for graduation

Students will examine the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by government agencies and by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, and voters. Key elements of the course include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. Students will examine the key economic philosophies and economists who have influenced the economies around the world in the past and present. Informational text and primary sources will play an instrumental part of the study of economics where it is appropriate.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT MICRO/MACROECONOMICS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Regular or AP course required for graduation; Emphasis is on preparation for the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics exams

AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers and to an economic system as a whole. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.



ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. GOVERNMENT

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Regular or AP course required for graduation; Must take Civics test to graduate

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.


 

 

Social Studies Elective Course

U. S. HISTORY THROUGH FILM (20TH CENTURY)

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12

This course will use popular films to direct study of important topics in US History. This will support the Tennessee state US History curriculum standards. Students will be expected to write at length on at least a weekly basis.


ANCIENT HISTORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

Students will examine the major periods of Ancient History from prehistoric times to 1500 AD/CE. Major emphasis will be given to the Neolithic Revolution, the development of river valley civilizations, the rise of Greece and Rome, and the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.


ANCIENT HISTORY HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • This course requires above average skills in reading and writing.
  • This course not offered for school year 2018-2019

This course requires above average skills in reading and writing. This is a study of ancient and medieval civilizations with emphasis on independent research and directed readings. Students will examine the major periods of Ancient History from prehistoric times to 1500 AD/CE. Major emphasis will be given to the Neolithic Revolution, the development of river valley civilizations, the rise of Greece and Rome, and the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.


SOCIOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

Students will explore the ways sociologists view society, and also how they study the social world. In addition, students will examine culture, socialization, deviance and the structure and impact of institutions and organizations. Also, students will study selected social problems and how change impacts individuals and societies.


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

Students will use inquiry skills to examine the issues that impact the contemporary world. Included in the course will be analysis of the historical, cultural, economic, and geographic factors that have raised certain issues to levels of concern in our nation and around the globe. Students will engage in research and problem solving in order to better understand and assess significant current issues.


WAR AND AMERICAN SOCIETY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

This course will examine the impact of war on American society from colonial times to the Cold War. The class will focus on political, social, cultural, and military themes. Special emphasis is placed on the American Civil War and World War II. Connections will be made with Tennessee history and US History standards.


APPALACHIAN HISTORY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

This course is recommended to students who have a genuine interest in Appalachian Studies.  The course will include early Native Americans, Explorers, and Settlers of East Tennessee.  This course will enhance students in regard to State EOC with chapters on Perfect 36, State and National leaders and heroes such as York, Hull, and Senator Baker.  Also include chapters on the 1920s in Johnson City and other areas in regard to Prohibition, Monkey Trials, and Depression.  The course will be designed to develop critical thinking skills by using various independent research methods.  It will also be document based and writing intensive.


 THE HOLOCAUST

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

This writing and reading intensive course will delve into the history of the Jewish people, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, the growing persecution during the 1930s, and the perpetration of the Holocaust. Students will wrestle with the roots of the Holocaust in ideology, culture, and prejudice. In addition, time will be spent focusing on other mass genocides that have occurred during the 20th century.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit 
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.