Social Studies

Three years (3.0 credits) are required for graduation. Additional credits fulfill elective requirements and may be required for many colleges and universities. One credit of United States History is required for graduation.

Course title: Social Studies 9: World Civilizations

Credit: 1.0
Pre – requisite: None
Grade level: Grade 9
Course description: World History 1: First Civilizations to the Renaissance. The course is a survey of events which have shaped the development of World Cultures. This course traces the development of the ancient world to the modern world (approximately 5,000 B.C.E. To 1400 C.E.). Special attention will be given to the themes of historical events, geographical influences, economic development, and governmental structures. Emphasis is placed upon critical reading, analysis and interpretation, study skills, and verbal and communication skills. Additionally, students will examine geographic, economic, social and political relationships to this history. Where appropriate, students will also study cultural movements during this time period by integrating music, literature, art, and other visual arts. This serves as an important foundation for other courses within the social studies curriculum.

Course title: Social Studies 10: US History 2

Credit: 1.0
Pre – requisite: None
Grade level: Grade 10
Course description: Grade 10 U.S. History is a unique class in many ways. We cover from the reconstruction period through the early 1900´s up to, and including, the Great War. The program is designed to educate the student on the history of the United States with its unique and colorful history over such a short period of time.
Students will understand patterns of change and continuity, relationships between people and events through time, and various interpretations of these relationships; causes and effects of interaction among societies, including trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy; the interactions and relationship between human societies and their physical environment; cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among societies; social systems and structures and how these influence individuals; fundamental economic principles and ways in which economies are shaped by geographic and human factors; and how societies have influenced and been influenced by scientific developments and technological developments.

Course title: History HL: 20th Century Europe

Credit: 1.0
Pre – requisite: None
Grade level: Grade 11, 12
Course description: International Baccalaureate History, Higher level, is a course in modern world history. It covers topics from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the 20th century. It is a two year program, requiring 240 teaching hours to complete at the Higher level.
The course is chronological. In Grade 11, we will survey the major events of the twentieth century. We will start with the origins and causes, nature and practices, and effects and results of The First World War. We will then continue through the Second World War, The Spanish Civil War, and The Chinese Civil War using the same evaluative procedures as done with The First World War. We will also be studying the next prescribed subject of Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and International Relations between the years of 1918-1936. We will conclude our course with a survey of the rise of Authoritarian and Single-Party States. We will also work on and complete our Internal Assessment (IA) Historical Research Project. In Grade 12, we shall review, examine in greater detail the main topics, and prepare for your IB History Exam.

Course title: Economics HL/SL

Credit: 1.0
Pre – requisite: None
Grade level: Grade 11, 12
Course description: Economics is a dynamic social science, forming part of group 3—individuals and societies. The study of economics is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a social science, economics uses scientific methodologies that include quantitative and qualitative elements.
The Year 1 course emphasizes 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.

Course title: Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Credit: 1.0
Pre – requisite: None
Grade level: Grade 11, 12
Course description: The TOK course encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself, to try to help students make sense of what they encounter. Theory of Knowledge is mainly concerned with problems of knowing. ToK examines these problems of knowing by investigating two main influences on knowledge: (1) How do we know – which ToK calls the Ways of Knowing; (2) What do we know – which ToK calls the Areas of Knowledge.
Its core content is questions like these: What counts as knowledge? How does it grow? What are its limits? Who owns knowledge? What is the value of knowledge? What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge? The most central of these questions is: How do I, or how do we, know that a given assertion is true, or a given judgment is well grounded? TOK requires the application of this central question to many different, yet interrelated, topics, subject areas, and fields of study.
Engaging students in a critical examination of knowledge will foster an appreciation of the quest for knowledge, in particular its importance, its complexities, and its human implications.

 
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