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World Studies (Sem 1) SS101
Using a global approach to history, this course in the Freshman Program is essentially a survey of political, cultural, and economic developments and achievement of humanity from pre-historic times to the present. Exercises in basic social science skills will include the development of geography skills, research skills, and the demonstration of analytical, critical, and reflective thinking skills through oral and written presentations. These skills will be implemented while examining such major themes as religions of the world, political and economic systems, causes and results of revolutions, and 20th century world conflicts.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 9
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS102 - World Studies (Sem 2)
World Studies (Sem 2) SS102
Using a global approach to history, this course in the Freshman Program is essentially a survey of political, cultural, and economic developments and achievement of humanity from pre-historic times to the present. Exercises in basic social science skills will include the development of geography skills, research skills, and the demonstration of analytical, critical, and reflective thinking skills through oral and written presentations. These skills will be implemented while examining such major themes as religions of the world, political and economic systems, causes and results of revolutions, and 20th century world conflicts.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 9
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS101 - World Studies (Sem 1)
United States Studies (Sem 1) SS201
The first semester of work emphasizes political growth and the origin and development of US history from the Colonial Period through the close of the Civil War. The course will use primary and secondary sources to inform students about topics in US history including law, economics, politics, democracy and society. Specifically we will investigate the revolutionary and constitutional period. The rise of popular politics and democracy will be investigated during the Age of Jackson. Finally various causes of the Civil war will be studied. We will focus on the diversity of America by looking at stories and contributions from all people who are Americans. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote critical thinking and responsible participation in solving problems that challenge citizens of the nation and the world will be emphasized.
COURSE NOTE: Required for graduation.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS202 - United States Studies (Sem 2)
United States Studies (Sem 2) SS202
The second semester emphasizes the history of U.S. foreign policy and foreign relations; and political, social, and economic growth of the nation from 1865 to the present. The course will use primary and secondary sources to inform students about topics in US history including law, economics, politics, democracy and society. Specifically we
will study Reconstruction, the age of industrial capitalism, the Progressive era, economic crisis and recovery, world conflicts and the current direction of the
US. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote critical thinking and responsible participation in solving problems that challenge citizens of the nation and the world will be emphasized.
COURSE NOTE: Required for graduation.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS201 - United States Studies (Sem 1)
United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 1) SS201E
The first semester of work emphasizes political growth and the origin and development of US history from the Colonial Period through the close of the Civil War. The course will use primary and secondary sources to inform students about topics in US history including law, economics, politics, democracy and society. Specifically we will investigate the revolutionary and constitutional period. The rise of popular politics and democracy will be investigated during the Age of Jackson. Finally various causes of the Civil war will be studied. We will focus on the diversity of America by looking at stories and contributions from all people who are Americans. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote critical thinking and responsible participation in solving problems that challenge citizens of the nation and the world will be emphasized.
COURSE NOTE: This course is required for graduation.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS202E - United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 2)
United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 2) SS202E
The second semester emphasizes the history of U.S. foreign policy and foreign relations; and political, social, and economic growth of the nation from 1865 to the present. The course will use primary and secondary sources to inform students about topics in US history including law, economics, politics, democracy and society. Specifically we
will study Reconstruction, the age of industrial capitalism, the Progressive era, economic crisis and recovery, world conflicts and the current direction of the
US. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote critical thinking and responsible participation in solving problems that challenge citizens of the nation and the world will be emphasized.
COURSE NOTE: This course is required for graduation
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS201E - United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 1)
AP United States History (Sem 1) SS411
Lab Fee: AP test fee applies
This course provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems, issues, and materials in American History. It is the equivalent of a full-year college freshman survey course. The semester 1 program of study covers the pre-colonial period through the Reconstruction Era. This course meets the graduation requirements of 1.0m credit in U.S. History as well as offering the student the opportunity to earn 6-8 college credits. NOTE: Interested students should consult the College Board webpage for more information about the AP experience and course itself.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 10-12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS412 - AP United States History (Sem 2)
AP United States History (Sem 2) SS412
Lab Fee: AP test fee applies
This course provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems, issues, and materials in American History. It is the equivalent of a full-year college freshman survey course. Admission to the course depends on the student’s previous achievement and commitment to serious study. The program of study covers the colonial period throughout the 1980’s. This course meets the graduation requirement of 1.0 credit in U.S. history as well as offering the student the opportunity to earn 6-8 college credits. NOTE: May be taken in addition to U.S. Studies.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 10-12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take SS411 - AP United States History (Sem 1)
American Government and Politics: The State and Civic Engagement SS321
A one-semester study of the structure and history of the U.S. Constitution and federal government. This meets the U.S. and Illinois Constitution requirement for graduation as outlined in the Illinois School Code. The topics and themes will be federalism, republicanism, enfranchisement, flag usage and maintenance, separation of powers/checks and balances, judicial review, executive authority, and civic engagement. A variety of sources, including current readings from scholarly journals and other periodicals, will be used. Simulations, mock events, Socratic discussions, and individualized research projects constitute the instructional design of the course.
COURSE NOTE: This course is required for graduation for the classes of 2015 and beyond.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
AP Comparative Government & Politics SS323
As described by College Board, "Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Comparison assists both in identifying problems and in analyzing policy-making."
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 11-12
AP US Govt and Politics SS322
Lab fee: AP test fee applies.
This course will provide students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Students will describe and compare important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics. Specifically, they will examine and explain political processes and typical patterns of behavior, as well as their consequences; interpret relevant graphic and textual political data; and critically analyze relevant political theories and media to become informed and engaged citizens. The express purpose of this course is to prepare students for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam. Therefore, this course will be taught with college level rigor and expectations.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: SS201 - United States Studies (Sem 1) or SS201E - United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 1) or SS202 - United States Studies (Sem 2) or SS202E - United States Studies Early Bird Section (Sem 2) or SS411 - AP United States History (Sem 1) or SS412 - AP United States History (Sem 2)
Multimedia History SS302
Spring Semester
This course is designed around research and evaluation of a variety of different sources that can be used for the study of history beyond the standard textbook. The primary concentration of the course will be about films and their accuracy and significance. Other areas of study will include but are not limited to literature, music, art, architecture, poetry, newspapers, diaries, and personal letters of correspondence. The goal is to evaluate each of these areas as potential resources for historical inquiry and greater insight into events and people.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
Philosophy SS301
Fall Semester
This course introduces students to a variety of philosophical principals. Included topics are basic foundations of philosophy, ethics and political institutions, human free will, knowledge and reality, natural rights and the state of nature, the pursuit of power, human nature and citizenship, existence and skepticism, and the foundations of individual freedoms. All of these concepts will be explored in both their historical context and in how they relate to the student today. Assessments will be both authentic and alternative.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
Psychology SS401
Fall Semester
This course introduces students to a variety of psychological principles. Included topics are basic psychological theories, the principles and applications of learning and cognitive processes, memory and thought, sensation and perception, altered states of consciousness, personality theory, the life span, and classification and treatment of abnormal behavior. The class will include frequent use of mini-experiments to demonstrate basic ideas.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing or permission of instructor
Sociology SS402
Spring Semester
This course concentrates on the role of the group in society. Topics will include culture, socialization, gender issues, conformity and obedience, collective behavior and social movements, race and ethnicity, deviance and social control, and issues of social inequality. Students will apply sociological theories and principles to their own society as well as others around the world.
CREDIT: 0.5TYPE: RegularGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing or permission of instructor