Social Studies

Graduation Requirements: 30 Credits

  • 9th Grade: Big History (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

Big History

Big History

Course # H101
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: None

Big History covers the history of our universe from its origin to the present, and culminates with a look towards the future. Central to the course is a study of the rise of human civilization and how humans are situated within the largest scope of physical existence. Big History connects the story of humanity within broader contexts by integrating the knowledge of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, history and the humanities into one cohesive approach to looking at the history of the universe. Origin stories are explored within the context of religious and scientific traditions. Special emphasis is given to critical thinking, and written and oral argumentation. Content and assignments included in the curriculum make interdisciplinary connections between Big History and Big Voices, its English companion course.

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-”; or completion of World Civilizations Honors with a "B-"; 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.

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of this course.

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

course description updated 8/7/2018

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: 10th, 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.

Model United Nations (New Course)

Model United Nations (New Course)

Course #H445
Status: Pending
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Social Studies classes with a “B-”.

This course is designed to introduce students to international relations and will help them develop the research, leadership, and communication skills necessary to become successful delegates to any Model United Nations conference, and to become active and responsible global citizens. These conferences are simulations of the actual United Nations where students take on the role as ambassadors of member countries to solve global problems and crises. Preparation to become a successful delegate will include research, writing and defending their positions on various global issues confronting today’s international community. Group leadership and negotiation skills will be developed through simulations, debate, and project-based learning.

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.