Social Studies Department

Teachers

Teacher - Social Studies
Ms. Mary DeMasi
Teacher - Business, World History
Ms. Camelia Edwards
Teacher - Social Studies
Mrs. Jennifer Pilla
Teacher - Social Studies
Mr. Matthew Poli

Grade 9

wc2111 – World History (H)

1 credit

Honors

Grade 9

This course is designed to be academically challenging. A history of major world civilizations designed to explore the development of the modern global community and the spread of ideologies and cultures will be examined. The curriculum employs transnational themes to provide connections which transcend time, space, and disciplines and which promote the use of historical critical thinking skills to explore global patterns of change over time. Acquiring these skills will enable students to analyze and interpret historical events in depth and to apply their understanding to a variety of historical contexts.

wc2121 – World History

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 9

A history of major world civilizations designed to explore the development of the modern global community and the spread of ideologies and cultures will be examined. The curriculum employs transnational themes to provide connections which transcend time, space, and disciplines and which promote the use of historical critical thinking skills to explore global patterns of change over time. Acquiring these skills will enable students to analyze and interpret historical events in depth and to apply their understanding to a variety of historical contexts.

Grade 10

wc2011 – American Government and Politics(H)

1 credit

Honors

Grade 10

This course is a comprehensive examination of the supreme and fundamental characteristics of the American governmental system. Its study involves the origins, development, principles, organization, powers, functions and actual workings and processes of American government. This course emphasizes political theory, philosophy, and the nature of government. This course is designed to give a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of the government of the United States, which is essential to every American.

wc2021 – American Government and Politics

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 10

This course is a comprehensive examination of the supreme and fundamental characteristics of the American governmental system. Its study involves the origins, development, principles, organization, powers, functions and actual workings and processes of American government. This course emphasizes political theory, philosophy, and the nature of government. This course is designed to give a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of the government of the United States, which is essential to every American.

Grade 11

wc2301 – AP American History
wc2311 – American History (H)

1 credit
1 credit

AP
Honors

Grade 11Grade 11

This course is designed to offer an academic challenge which will prepare the student for college level work and the Advanced Placement Examination. The student will come to an understanding of the major periods in the history of our country. By studying movements, issues, personalities, politics and government, historical events are placed in a meaningful context. The student will be given experiences in research. Students who apply and are accepted for AP are required to do additional assignments and take the AP exam in May.
Prerequisite: Approval by the present Social Studies teacher. Summer assignments are required.

wc2321 – American History: The Modern Era

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 11

This course is a study of United States History from the reconstruction era to the present. The course will continue to develop students’ research and academic skills by focusing on the major economic, social, and political, events in United States History.

Students will analyze the basic characteristics and development of government and economic systems. Utilizing this knowledge, students will analyze the relationship between political and economic institutions in various countries and the effect these institutions have on domestic and international policies.

Grade 12

wc2451 – AP Psychology

1 credit

AP

Grade 12

The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. College Course Equivalent The AP Psychology course is designed to be the equivalent of the Introduction to Psychology course usually taken during the first college year. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Psychology. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

wc2441 – Living Psychology

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 12

This course focuses on individuals’ behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Specifically, this class will show how events from childhood influence adolescence and affect adulthood. In addition, it will look at the differences between childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in terms of morality, emotions, relationships, and their own identity.