Social Studies

Graduation Requirements: 30 Credits

  • 9th Grade: World Civilizations or Honors World Civilizations (10 credits)
  • 10th Grade: No Social Studies requirement
  • 11th Grade: US History or AP US History (10 credits)
  • 12th Grade: Two 5 credit semester-long classes: Civics, Economics. Or one 10 credit year-long class: AP Government & Politics

World Civilizations

World Civilizations

Course # H201
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the development of various civilizations, from classical Greece and Rome through the present. This class includes the historical development of Western Civilization as well as the development of non-European civilizations. Emphasis is placed on the dignity of people and the basic institutions that influence human living such as culture, religions, governments, and economics. Also included in the course are geography, environmental issues and biographical profiles of the women and men who shaped and are shaping the cultures that comprise our global community. Reading, writing, oral communication, research skills, technology skills, and critical thinking skills are developed through the analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet website.

World Civilizations (H)

World Civilizations (H)

Course # H200
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: Placement determined by HSPT scores.

The World Civilizations Honors course will be more academically rigorous than regular World Civilizations and is intended to prepare students for the demands of AP US History. Within this framework, students will be expected to think critically about the material and time period, write clearly and effectively, research thoroughly using credible sources, and analyze a variety of primary sources. The skill of analyzing primary sources will be incorporated into our lessons, homework, and Document Based Question (DBQ) essays throughout the year. This course will begin with a study of Greek and Roman political traditions and will follow the California state content standards with a focus on the modern era, beginning with the Enlightenment period through the present day.

U.S. History

U.S. History

Course # H301
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This survey course in U.S. History is presented in chronological order with an emphasis on historical themes. Varying methods of presenting historical material include lectures, discussions, films, reading, homework, and tests. Group activities such as debates, oral presentations, projects and simulations allow students to work with important ideas in U.S. history. Reading, writing, oral communication, research skills, technology skills, and critical thinking skills are developed through the analysis of both primary and secondary sources.

AP U.S. History

AP U.S. History

Course # H701
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of World
Civilizations with an “A-”; and Department Chair and Academic Advisor approval.

This course is a general survey of United States History. According to the College Board: The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full- year introductory college courses. The materials, the pace of the course, and the teaching methodologies are designed to resemble as closely as possible a freshman history course offered at the college level. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this class. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.


Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle website.

Civics

Civics

Course # H430
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to American government and politics through examination of the nature of the American political system, its historical development, and its contemporary practice. The course examines the processes and institutions through which the political system functions and the public policies that these institutions initiate and develop.

Economics

Economics

Course # H431
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to the vocabulary, concepts, and problems of the United States economy. The course emphasizes not only a basic competence in the vocabulary and an understanding of supply and demand and international trade, but also an understanding of U.S. economic policies in relation to the global economy.

AP Government and Politics U.S. (year)

AP Government and Politics U.S. (year)

Course # H831
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completed AP application, completion of US History with an “A-” or better each semester or completion of AP US History with a “B-“ or better each semester, and Department Chair approval.

The Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in United States government and politics. This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States as well as economic systems, including the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. This course will develop students’ familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics, as well as the key principles of economics. Students and parents should be aware of the additional work load that accompanies this course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle website.

Current Events

Current Events

Course # H444
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th, 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

Current Events is a one semester course structured to give student an understanding of currents issues within political, social, and economic contexts. Research will focus on historical origins, cultural standards, and moral values. The course emphasizes research done by the students. The topics are fluid in their nature pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval on topics in current media. Topics will be selected that raise essential questions and prepare students who opt to participate as delegates to Model United Nations.

Civics Blended

Civics Blended

Course # H430b
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

*This class is blended, combining face-to-face classroom meetings with online work expectations. Face-to-face meeting times will be determined by the teacher.

This course introduces students to American government and politics through examination of the nature of the American political system, its historical development, and its contemporary practice. The course examines the processes and institutions through which the political system functions and the public policies that these institutions initiate and develop. The blended learning structure is designed to prepare students for college courses. Students are required to be much more self-motivated in order to keep up with the workload between in-person class meetings. Students will periodically meet in small discussion groups of about 15 and must be willing to thoughtfully contribute to discussion.

Psychology

Psychology

Course # H422
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th, 12th Grade
Prerequisites: none

This introductory course acquaints students with the discipline of Psychology by emphasizing the various theoretical approaches that underlie explanations of behavior and thought processes. Subject matter includes the history of Psychology as a science, the biology of behavior, an examination of dreams and consciousness, human development, personality analysis and social psychology.

AP Psychology

AP Psychology

Course # H822
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Social Studies classes with an “A-“ or AP/Honors Social Studies classes witha “B-“; or Department Chair/Academic Advisor approval.

This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals within a context. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this class. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle website.

American Studies: The Law

American Studies: The Law

Course # H402
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This course is a semester-long social studies elective, taught by a practicing trial lawyer, that serves as an introductory course to the law and the legal system in the United States. In particular, this course teaches students about law that is both practical and relevant to their everyday lives. Subject matter includes: Introduction to the Law and the Legal System (including how to be a lawyer, how disputes are settled, and when you need a lawyer), Criminal Law and Procedure (including serious crimes that you will see all the time in the news), and Civil Tort Law and Procedure(including responsibility for car accidents and defective products). The final examination is a Mock Trial, which is a jury trial that will be conducted to a verdict to test each student’s skill and knowledge of the law and the legal system. In the Mock Trial, students will act either as a witness, an attorney, a member of the jury, the court clerk or the bailiff, with the teacher serving as the judge. The Mock Trial is designed to result in a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff and/or one or both of the two defendants.

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Course # H420
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Social Studies classes with a “B-”.

This course will begin with a review of the geographical patterns of immigration in early America, and an exploration of the Native American, Celtic, and African cultural heritage that gave rise to distinctly American music. The course will trace the westward expansion and cultural interaction that led to the development of regional styles of music, specifically blues, Appalachian, early country and bluegrass, gospel, Tejano, Cajun and Zydeco. Audio/visual resources and live performances will demonstrate the characteristics of these styles. Moreover, reflections of religious and everyday life among these traditions will be addressed, and the course will conclude with examining the ways that radio, recordings and live performances influenced and continue to influence American music.

History Through Cinema

History Through Cinema

Course # H403
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12 Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of English and Social Studies classes with a “B-”.

This class will teach 20th century United States history as presented by Hollywood movies. Throughout the semester the students will have the opportunity to view several films, research the event using primary sources and outside readings, and draw conclusions about how the event helped shape the United States. The course will examine film from a historical context, and analyze where and why differences exist between movies and actual events. The course will have four major units, each involving analytical essays, and one research paper.

World Geography

World Geography

Course # H421
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

World Geography is a course that invites students to explore fascinating places, people and things, and how they relate to each other. Maps, Videos, Virtual Tours, Google Earth, and the textbook will be used to better understand basic concepts as well as current trends in our ever constant but ever changing world. Emphasis in the class is on the earth’s physical features, weather and climate, ecosystems, population density, economic activities and resources. Major regions to be studied include North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific World, and the Middle East. Global warming, water scarcity, air pollution, invasive species, effects of earthquakes and volcanoes, comparing populations and environmental conversation are among special features that will be topics for discussion.

History of the Sixties

History of the Sixties

Course # H404
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to delve deeper into the turbulent history of the 1960s by focusing on the political, social, and cultural changes that took place during this pivotal decade in American history. A thematic approach will be used in this course to address such issues as the Civil Rights movement, student and minority activism, the Vietnam War, popular culture, significant Supreme Court cases, popular politics, and the counterculture. Primary sources will provide a basis for class discussion and an emphasis will be made on critical and analytical thinking. Students will be expected to write several smaller personal response papers and one research paper.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course # V110
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to the field of criminal justice and surveys its three component parts: law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections. Students will become familiar with the structure and organization of the criminal justice system and look at today’s controversies and challenges. Students will examine the history of crime in America, the evolution of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level, how the court system works, and the role of jails/prisons. Special units focus on crime scene investigation/forensics, police use of force, the role of the jury in adjudication and current issues (police brutality, stop & frisk, active shooter, etc.) Field trips may include visits to local law enforcement agencies, the county courthouse, and Santa Rita Jail. Emphasis is placed on the citizens’ rights and responsibilities in police encounters and the positive relations of police and community.

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