Social Science Curriculum

This course is aligned with Common Core and California State Standards.  Grade level appropriate coursework and expectations are followed in this examination of human and physical geography and culture and their interplay with history.  With rigor, depth, and breadth of content and through directed reading and writing assignments, students focus on concepts related to the analysis of geography and culture.  Students will gain experience with chronological and spatial thinking historical research, thinking critically, and supporting analysis with evidence, perspective and point of view, and historical interpretation.  Students engage in several writing assignments and projects.  Questions and activities are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

To understand and navigate our global community, it is important to study the history of how our interdependent world came into being. Since 1500 C.E., the great civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas have rapidly changed, influenced each other, and become more interconnected. Students will explore the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of each regional civilization. Students will also study the modernizing and globalizing forces of trade, migration, colonization, decolonization, the nation state, the Enlightenment, industrialization, capitalism, urbanization, science, technology, and war.

If America is the land of opportunity, it is wise to study the cultural, social, economic, political, diplomatic, and military history of the United States in order to understand how this nation developed and where it might be going. This course will cover U.S. History from 1877 to the present. Students will investigate topics such as westward expansion, imperialism, the Industrial Revolution, urbanization, immigration, the Women’s Rights movement, the Progressive Movement, the Great War, the “Roaring Twenties,” the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the African American Civil Rights Movement, “The Sixties,” the conservative backlash, technological innovations, terrorism, and globalization.

This course provides a study of the Constitutional principles, institutions and politics of American Government with special attention to the dynamics of representative government evident in voting, campaigns, political party politics, legislative process, presidential leadership and the public policy process. The California Constitution and government will be examined.