Social Studies

  • Social Studies

10th Grade

  • WORLD HISTORY
    Course Code:   SST 210/211
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10
    College Credit:  No

    World History is designed to help students understand the roles past cultures have played in forming today’s societies. The course will emphasize common themes which interconnect all cultures from pre-historic times to the mid twentieth century. Themes such as religious movements, legal systems, working conditions, plagues, discrimination, revolution, innovation, and nationalism will be presented along with the influences of geography, economics, culture, and social and political structures.

    HIST 127/128 ADVANCED PLACEMENT-WORLD HISTORY
    Course Code:  SST 727/728
    Full Year:  2.0 Credits (1.0 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Prerequisite: None
    Acad. Acceleration:  Honors Eng in 9th grade, pass SBA OR Opt in
    Grade Level: 10
    College Credit:  Yes, SPSCC: HIST 127/128 (10 cr)

    AP World History is designed to prepare the student for the AP World History test, which is given every spring around the country. A successful score on this test may result in the student receiving college credit for their effort from the college or university they later attend. The course features nightly reading with journal/vocabulary work. In-class activities are geared towards developing the skills necessary for the AP test, particularly essay writing in a timed format.

    WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY & GOVERNMENT
    Course Code:  SST 110
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12 (if not completed in 7/8th Gr)
    College Credit:  No

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the environment and culture of the Pacific Northwest. This course is intended to present information about the people, history, geography, resources, government and the economy of the Pacific Northwest. Students will be expected to complete short reports, analyze maps, charts, and graphs, and discuss current issues relevant to the state.

11th/12th Grade

  • CIVICS
    Course Code:  SST 422
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies 
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  No

    This course will cover many of the traditional elements of government including the powers of the branches of government and the idea of separation of powers. Another important focus of the course will be on how Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidency actually function in today’s world. Out of class projects and class discussions on late breaking news will be incorporated into the course.

    POSC 210 ADVANCED PLACEMENT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/POLITICAL SCIENCE
    Course Code:   SST 721/731
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Acad. Acceleration:  AP US His, pass SBA OR Opt in
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU:  POSC210 (5 cr)

    In this simulation focused class, students will acquire a solid understanding of the structure and functioning of the US government, of the role different political actors play in this system, and of the relationship between citizens, institutions, and policy making.  The overall objective is to become better informed citizens, who are well-versed in the functioning of the American political system, and thus are able to look beyond the heated debates of the moment, and to understand the political reality using the tools of political science.

    Students that enroll in AP Government are eligible to enroll in CWU (CWU) Political Science 210 through signing up in AP Government.  AP Government has been approved by CWU as a Cornerstone Program class.  Successful completion of the course would result in five (5) Political Science credits awarded through CWU.

    CURRENT WORLD PROBLEMS
    Course Code:  SST 410
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  No

    This class will cover domestic and foreign problems. CWP will focus on timely issues impacting our world today. This includes the death penalty, AIDS, and the federal government. In addition time will be spent on issues related to personal finance and budget issues. Students will be expected to complete "out-of-class" projects, a variety of reading assignments, a research paper on current issues and regular current events reports.

    ECONOMICS
    Course Code:  SST 600
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  No

    Students are introduced to the basics of economic principles, and learn how to think like economists. They explore different economic systems, including the American free enterprise system, analyze and interpret data, and consider economic applications in today's world. From economics in the world of business, money, and finance, students see how economics is applied both domestically and globally.

    ECON 101/102 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ECONOMICS
    Course Code:  SST 705/706
    Full Year:  2.0 Credits (1.0 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU  Econ 101 S1 (5 cr) and Econ 102 S2 (5 cr)

    Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

    HUM 102 ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY I/HUMANITIES 102
    Course Code: SST 702
    One Semester:  1.0 Credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU: HUM 102 (5 cr)

    AP European History/Humanities 102 covers the study of European history from 1450-1815 and introduces students to the cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live.  In this semester class, we will learn about the European middle ages, the Renaissance, Reformation, Religious Wars of Europe, Age of Exploration, rise of nation-states, absolute monarchs, the French Revolutions and Napoleon. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this class 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.

    HUM 103 ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY II/HUMANITIES 103
    Course Code: SST703
    One Semester: 1.0 Credit 
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU: HUM 103 (5 cr)

    AP European History/Humanities 103 covers the study of European history from 1815-2015 and introduces students to the cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live.  In this semester class, we will learn about the Industrial Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848,European Imperialism, Italian and German Unification, the rise of Communism, World War I, the rise of totalitarianism states, Great Depression in Europe, rise of fascism, World War II, Cold War, European Union and Brexit.  In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this class 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.

    Students who have earned a C in English 101 OR who have earned a 3+ score on the AP English Language & Composition exam are eligible to enroll in CWU Humanities 103 through second semester AP European History. Successful completion of Humanities 103 results in five (5) Humanities credits through CWU.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY
    Course Code:  SST 311/312
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 11
    College Credit:  No

    This course will follow the history of this nation beginning with Reconstruction and continuing through the Reagan Administration. Major eras in American History, with a particular emphasis on the 20th century and 21st centuries, will be the focus of this class. Economic, social, and political problems will be examined in terms of their causes and their remedies.

    HIST 147/148 ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY 
    Course Code:  SST 747/748
    Full Year:  2.0 credit (1.0 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Acad. Acceleration:  AP World His, or earn a “C” or higher in World History
    Grade Level: 11
    College Credit: Yes, passage of  AP Exam score or SPSCC HIST 147/148 (10 Cr)

    AP U.S. History is designed to prepare the student for the AP U.S. History test, which is given every spring around the country. A successful score on this test results in the student receiving college credit for their effort. The course features intense college level coursework covering from pre-discovery to current day. In-class activities are geared towards developing the skills necessary for the AP test, particularly essay writing in a timed format. Taking the AP exam is not a requirement of the class.

    HONORS UNITED STATES HISTORY
    Course Code: SST 749/750
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Social Studies
    Recommendation: Earn a “C” or higher in World History
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 11
    College Credit:  Yes, SPSCC HIST 148 (5 cr)

    This course will follow the history of this nation beginning with Reconstruction and continuing through the Reagan Administration. Major eras in American History, with a particular emphasis on the will be the focus of this class. Economic, social, and political problems will be examined in terms of the 20th and 21st centuries, of their causes and their remedies. Students will be expected to complete college level coursework with essays, short reports, analyze maps, charts, and graphs, conduct research, and participate in class discussions.