Social Studies Department
The course covers the span of time from the age of imperialism to the modern era. Students will explore each unit of study by researching the major themes of historical thought including political structure, economics, social justice, and foreign and domestic policy. Among the anticipated objectives are the understanding of the global world in which we live, and how the world developed to its present state. Students will be able to relate events of the past to present day situations. In order for students to grasp the concept of living in an interdependent world, considerable time will be spent on the non-Western world, including: the Middle East, the Far East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The emphasis of this course is to improve historical perspective and cultural interaction, while encouraging understanding of cultural diversity.
This course will cover content spanning the colonial period through the period of the industrialization and urbanization of the United States, this course will offer a more in-depth view of the modernization of America. The purpose of the United States History 1 course is to integrate the study of the social, economic, and political problems of this time period. Among the anticipated objectives are the understanding of the growth of democratizing institutions in the present day United States and the students’ role in utilizing these democratic forces in the practice of responsible citizenship. Students will be able to relate events of the past to present day situations. Students are expected to present oral assessments, interpret and analyze primary sources and complete research assessments.
This course will cover content in United States history from 1900 to the present day; this course will offer a more in-depth view of the modernization of America. The purpose of the United States History 2 course is to integrate the study of the social, economic, and political problems of the twentieth century into the framework of this modern era. Among the anticipated objectives are the understanding of the growth of democratizing institutions in the present day United States and the students’ role in utilizing these democratic forces in the practice of responsible citizenship. Students will be able to relate events of the past to present day situations.
The purpose of the social studies component in this upper-level elective is to foster in students the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about legal actions and behaviors by studying the origins of law, the model penal code, and the New Jersey legal code. This knowledge base will supply students with the skills necessary in responding critically, analytically and practically to the world around them, both within New Jersey, and in the United States, as well. Students will be encouraged to greater self-discovery by examining the law in multiple ways. This program will build upon skills attained in previous social studies courses, while encouraging students to understand the law, and all of its ramifications. The scope of the course will include the origins and limits of the law, and the kinds of crimes included under the law, including (but not limited to) homicide, arson, assault, and property crimes. This is a semester course that is linked to Forensic Science.
The Holocaust and Genocide Honors course is designed to address the needs of the student who is interested in learning about those who were involved in the horrors of genocide. Students will dig deep into the periods of genocide and gain a better understanding of the perpetrators, victims, bystanders and “upstanders,” each of whom played their part in the sad history of genocide. Holocaust and Genocide Honors will feature an emphasis on rigorous research, making use of primary and secondary sources. The course is intended to impress upon students the fact that during each period of genocide, there were those who risked their lives in an attempt to save others.
AMERICAN POLITICS & MEDIA STUDIES (CP/Honors)
The American Politics & Media Studies course allows students to learn about U.S. political systems, structures and practices through an examination of the U.S. government at all levels - federal, state, county and local. The course focuses on U.S. politics and government in both the past and present while affording students hands-on experiences in U.S. political affairs. In addition, students will research, track, analyze, discuss and debate current political issues through the examination of various media agents. The curriculum is designed to illustrate the political systems, structures and practices of the United States government. Within each unit activities have been created to demonstrate and reinforce the lessons and to allow students to understand the inner workings of the U.S. government. Projects include in-school voter registration drives; the compilation of information on candidates; work on a political campaign; debating controversial current topics; writing a position paper on a contemporary social issue; among others.
The purpose of the History of Human Behavior course is to provide students with an understanding of how human behavior has been explained over the centuries. The course stresses the causes of human behavior and the cognitive factors which contribute to it. Among the anticipated objectives is the understanding of the genetic and environmental factors which shape one’s personality. Students will also be able to identify the symptoms and treatment of various psychological disorders.
The purpose of the Sociology course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the workings of our complex social environment. The structure of society, the interactions between the different groups within society and the ways in which our society is affected by others. These goals will be achieved through the use of evaluation of primary media sources and secondary research sources.
A History of the United States Through the Media is a course designed to provide a more in depth view of United States history. It spans the period from the formation of the American colonies to the end of the twentieth century in the United States. It is designed to employ a conceptual approach within a chronological framework and introduce the students to the cultural diversity that is unique to the United States. It is the goal of the Social Studies Department to provide the students in this course with an understanding of the ideals and philosophies upon which the government of United States was established; to have the students see the evolution of the United States into a powerful and resourceful nation; and to watch the two interact as the government sought to become the "more perfect union" envisioned by its founding fathers.
AP Art History is an introductory college-level art history course. Students cultivate their understanding of art history through analyzing works of art and placing them in historical context as they explore concepts like culture and cultural interactions, theories and interpretations of art, the impact of materials, processes, and techniques on art and art making, and understanding purpose and audience in art historical analysis.
AP World History: Modern is an introductory college-level modern world history course. Students cultivate their understanding of world history from c1200ce to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like humans and environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.
This two year continuum of courses is designed to help students develop analytical skills and provide the factual information necessary to deal critically with the problems of American history. The social, political, and economic development of the United States will be studied both chronologically and topically. Students learn to assess historical materials and their relevance to a given interpretive problem, and to weigh the evidence and analysis presented by historical scholarship. Essay writing is emphasized, and students may be expected to complete a research/term paper or its equivalent.
The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the AP program in European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
AP Psychology is a college level survey course in introductory psychology. the course will provide you with a broad, general introduction to psychology—its basic subject matter, its approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes and correlates of behavior, and also the means by which psychological knowledge is (or can be) applied to improve the quality of individual and communal life. AP Psychology serves as a course to prepare students to take the national AP exam in psychology.
Macroeconomics- An AP course in Macroeconomics is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops your familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic conceptsMicroeconomics- The purpose of an AP course in Microeconomics is to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.
This course is designed as an introduction to the comparative study of politics and government in the modern world. The AP Comparative program is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to evaluate common types of governments and cultures, compare and analyze their governments and societies, and describe their interactions in a global environment.