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This course takes students on a journey through the key events that have shaped America as a nation, from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the height of the Cold War in 1980. The journey begins with Reconstruction, a period of great transition and opportunity to heal a broken nation. Students witness the great migration westward and explore how the Industrial Revolution and waves of immigration fueled the flames of the American spirit. The course details the challenges America faced and how equality was elusive for populations of Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and women. Students learn how the core values of the founding fathers eventually prevailed and led to the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements. The course closely examines the impact of war, with units covering the role of the United States in World War I, Word War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Throughout their journey, students encounter the great political, industrial, military, and human rights leaders who shaped America into a beacon of hope.
This course explores the world’s geographical divisions and the differences between Earth and the other planets in our solar system. In addition to Earth’s geographical divide, the course explores how the cultural divide between countries impacts international relations. Through the study of geography, students analyze energy usage and explore ways to make the most of our planet without abusing its resources. The study of world geography through historical, cultural, physical, and economic lenses offers students a different perspective and understanding of our world.
Students study Macroeconomics, which deals with the economies of nations and regions. Students will learn how these economies function and measure up against one another by exploring concepts including gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment rates, and price indices. At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the world economy and recognize the events and people who have contributed to our understanding of macroeconomics.
In Microeconomics, students learn about the basic structure of economics and how it affects world events and people’s everyday lives. Upon completing this course, students have a better understanding of personal finance, the role and process of taxation, and the risks and rewards of investment. The course discusses the need for economic systems, examines the concepts of supply and demand and consumer theory, and evaluates past and present occupation trends. Students compare the mixed economies of various nations; learn about traditional, command, and market economies; and examine the role of government in regulating the economy.
In this course students learn how their senses, perceptions, emotions, and intelligence influence the way they think, feel, and learn. In this course, students learn about the field of psychology, including the concepts and tools used to assess intelligence, sensation and perception, memory, motivation and emotion, and learning. At the end of this course, students gain both knowledge of and appreciation for psychology and how it affects everyone.
The field of sociology explores the development, dynamics, and structure of societies, and society’s connections to human behavior. Sociology examines the ways in which groups, organizations, communities, social categories (such as class, sex, age, or race), and various social institutions (such as kinship, economic, political, or religious) affect human attitudes, actions, and opportunities. In this course, students learn about the concepts and tools used to understand individuality, social structure, inequality, family structure, education, economics, politics, and social change.
World History takes students on a journey through the events that have shaped the modern world and the leaders who changed the course of history. The material is organized sequentially, exploring history from 1400 CE to the present day. Topics covered include the Renaissance, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the World Wars. At the end of this course, students have an appreciation for the relationship between past events and the characteristics of the present day.