Social Studies

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  • 9th Grade / 10th Grade / 11th Grade / 12th Grade / Electives

    American Government
    Course #: HS0206
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies

    This course is designed to study our government with a focus on the U.S. constitution, the different branches, the electoral process, flag etiquette, as well as state and local government. Students will take the U.S. Constitution test and the Missouri Constitution test.  Passage of both tests is required to earn credit, meet graduation requirements, and to fulfill state law. Students will complete the state required exams: Civics test, Government End-of-Course exam, and Missouri Constitution test.


    American Government & Political Analysis
    Course #: HS0207
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies
    Recommendation: A grade of A in 8th grade English & Social Studies

    This is a chronological review of American history (Exploration through Reconstruction). All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary. An additional honor point will be earned for successful completion of this class.  The UMKC fee is required to earn the dual credit.  Students will be billed directly by UMKC. Students who withdraw after the first five days will still be billed by UMKC and will have to pay some portion of tuition fees to UMKC. Students who successfully complete both American History 101 and American History 102 (2 semesters) can fulfill the U.S. History graduation requirements. Students enrolled in American History 101/102 (College Credit) are not eligible to enroll in AP U.S. History for additional high school credit.


    World History 
    Course #: HS0236
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies

    This is a survey of world history from ancient Greece and Rome to modern day conflicts. The focus will be post-1450 and events in world history. Major trends, cultural diversity, institutions, and ideas will be integrated throughout the course of study. Students will continue using primary and secondary historical documents to help interpret the past and better understand contemporary issues. Students will continue to develop their social studies skills of research, writing, and critical thinking.


    AP American Government**
    Course #: HS0208
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies
    Prerequisite: Recommendation from the most recent history teacher

    This course focuses on the political processes and interaction between the three branches of government, political parties, interest groups, the media, and the states to create national policy. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the National AP Government Exam in May. Students will have a required summer reading assignment, be expected to read 10 pages of material per week, and should plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours per week outside of class on this course. All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary.  Students will learn the necessary skills to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    AP European History**
    Course #: HS0238
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies

    This course is designed to examine trends, cultural diversity, institutions and ideas in European history from a study of the Renaissance through the Cold War and modern-day conflicts. Students will have a required summer reading assignment, be expected to read 30-50 pages of material per week, and should plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours per week outside of class on this course. All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. This course fulfills the 10th grade World History requirement. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    Civil War
    Course #: HS0251
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Civil War covers the Antebellum south focusing on the causes of the Civil War.  This information will be followed by a general survey of the Civil War.  This course concludes with the Reconstruction Period that followed the Civil War.


    Comtemporary Issues
    Course #: HS0275
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course is a study of many issues that confront us every day. The history behind many issues will be included and will lead to a better understanding of the issues as they present themselves today. Students taking this course will be expected to participate in class activities, group projects, and presentations.


    United States History
    Course #: HS0205
    Grade: 11
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies

    This is a survey of United States history from Manifest Destiny to contemporary events with an emphasis on post-Reconstruction events.  Its goals are to instill an appreciation of the U.S. democracy, an understanding of the U.S. constitutional, political, economic, and social developments, and an increased knowledge of U.S. geography.  Students will further develop skills in critical thinking, research, and writing skills.  Primary and secondary documents will be used to research and report findings.


    American History
    (UMKC History 101)***
    Course #: HS0286
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies
    Dual Credit: 3 semester hours for students meeting UMKC requirements
    Prerequisite: UMKC dual credit requirements

    This is a chronological review of American history (Exploration through Reconstruction). All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary. An additional honor point will be earned for successful completion of this class. The UMKC fee is required to earn the dual credit. Students will be billed directly by UMKC. Students who withdraw after the first five days will still be billed by UMKC and will have to pay some portion of tuition fees to UMKC. Students who successfully complete both American History 101 and American History 102 (2 semesters) can fulfill the U.S. History graduation requirements. Students enrolled in American History 101/102 (College Credit) are not eligible to enroll in AP U.S. History for additional high school credit.


    American History
    (UMKC History 102)***
    Course #: HS0287
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies
    Dual Credit: 3 semester hours for students meeting UMKC requirements
    Prerequisite: UMKC dual credit requirements

    This is a chronological review of American history (Gilded Age through the 1970s). All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary. An additional honor point will be earned for successful completion of this class. The UMKC fee is required to earn the dual credit. Students will be billed directly by UMKC.  Students who withdraw after the first five days will still be billed by UMKC and will have to pay some portion of tuition fees to UMKC. Students who successfully complete both American History 101 and American History 102 (2 semesters) can fulfill the U.S. History graduation requirements.   Students enrolling in American History 101/102 (college credit) are not eligible to enroll in AP US History for additional high school credit.


    AP United States History**
    Course #: HS0266
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies
    Prerequisite: Recommendation from the most recent history teacher

    This is a survey of United States history from exploration to contemporary events. Its goals are to instill an appreciation of U.S. democracy, an understanding of the U.S. constitutional, political, economic, and social developments. Students will have a required summer reading assignment, be expected to read 30-50 pages of material per week, and should plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours per week outside of class on this course. All course materials are written using a college-level vocabulary.  Students will learn the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Students who successfully complete this course can fulfill the 11th grade U.S. History graduation requirement. Students enrolling in AP US History are not eligible to enroll in American History 101/102 (college credit) for additional high school credit. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    Economics
    Course #: HS0271
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course examines both micro and macroeconomic concepts. Units will include economic choices, the stock market, labor and management, money and banking, and role of the consumer. The course is designed for the college-bound student.


    Global Issues
    Course #: HS0288
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course examines issues, both current and historical, as they relate to the human rights of people both in the United States and around the world. Topics will include, but not limited to, the civil rights movement in the United States, the Holocaust and modern day genocides in such places as Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Sudan. Students taking this course should plan to do independent research and participate in class discussions.


    Sociology
    Course #: HS0263
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course is a study of human relationships. It includes units on culture, socialization, social organization, social institutions, and social problems.  Students taking this course will be expected to participate in in-class activities and group projects.


    Sociology II
    Course #: HS0132
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Sociology I

    This class takes an in-depth look at the key components of society and how they make society effective.  Students will examine the family, deviance, race, ethnicity, education, religion, science, sport, population, and the roles that they play in the City of Blue Springs and in relationship to other areas of the world.  Students will be expected to participate in class discussion, complete research projects, and write a research paper.


    World Religions
    Course #: HS0258
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Staff Placement

    World Religions is a social studies elective that discusses the historical background and development, major tenets, founders and leaders, significant holidays, and holy writings of the world’s five major religions.  The course also explores the development of religious concepts among earlier peoples including tribal faiths, mythologies or folk religions, and the philosophies of Confucianism and Taoism.


    World War II
    Course #: HS0252
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: World History

    This course covers one of the most important events of the 20th Century World War II.  Topics included in this study are the causes, leaders, Holocaust, home front, weapons, propaganda, battles, and consequences of the war.


    Psychology
    Course #: HS0283
    Grade: 12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course covers various parts of the study of human behavior including the process of learning, classical conditioning, memory, perception, optical illusions, ESP, personality and many other topics.  This course is primarily a lecture/discussion course. 

     


    AP Psychology **
    Course #: HS0292
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course covers various parts of the study of human behavior, including the brain and behavior, altered states of consciousness, stress, memory, psychological disorders and many other topics.  This course is primarily a lecture/discussion course. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take AP Psychology Exam and pay the examination fee.

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.