2017-18 CVA Course of Study Handbook – Social Studies Department

Social Studies

Global History & Geography 1—9th Grade (1 credit)

The first year of a two-year sequence begins with a chronological approach to the survey of world history. Students study the Ancient World (4000 BC-500 AD), Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (500-1200 AD), Global Interaction (1220-1650 AD), and the First Global Age (1450-1770 AD). This course will continue in the—10th Grade year and culminate in the Global History and Geography Regents Exam.

Global History & Geography 2 (R)—10th Grade (1 credit)

This course completes the chronological study of the rest of world history. The study focuses on the Age of Revolution (1750-1914), a Half-Century of Crisis and Achievement (1900-1945), the Twentieth Century since 1945, and on-going current global connections and interactions. The Global History and Geography Regents Exam is administered at the conclusion of the course in June. ~ Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 1

United States History & Geography (R)—11th Grade (1 credit)

The course is organized chronologically, thus the history of the United States is put into a time reference. The emphasis is on post-Civil War history and the United States as an industrial nation. There is also a government unit that covers the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The United States History and Government Regents Exam is administered at the conclusion of the course in June. ~ Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 2 (R)

Economics—12th Grade (.5 credit)

This 20-week course emphasizes economics and economic decision-making. It includes the basic economic concepts and understandings which all persons need to function effectively and intelligently as citizens and participant in the economics of the United States and the world. A rational decision-making process that can be applied to all economic decisions becomes the focus of this course.

Participation in Government—12th Grade (.5 credit)

This 20-week course is designed to encourage students to become involved in governmental process and teach them how to become effective participants in our society. The course of study examines the American political process, the rationale and procedures for becoming involved, and the results that can be anticipated. Students will concentrate on identifying, prescribing, evaluating and forecasting public policy issues at all levels and jurisdictions of government.

Social Studies Department – Electives

Global History & Geography 1 (Honors)—9th Grade (1 credit)

This course is for students that have strong academic skills who are planning on taking AP and College Now courses, preparing for college. The course uses the same content curriculum as regular Global History 1, but deals with it much more in depth with a focus on critical thinking, written expression and independent research to prepare them for the higher level courses.

Global History & Geography 2 (R) (Honors)
Western Civilization I (College Now)—10th Grade (1 credit)/3 college credits

This course is for students that have strong academic skills who are planning on taking AP and College Now courses, preparing for college and have had strong success in—9th Grade. The course uses the same content curriculum as regular Global History 2, but deals with it much more in depth with a focus on critical thinking, written expression and independent research. This course also helps focus a student’s thought process on establishing a point of view in their writing, a skill they will need to succeed in the AP History courses and in college.

Advanced Placement – World History (R)—10th Grade (1 credit)

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle to address change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study. The students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May in World History; students will pay for the examination. The course offers the college-bound student the opportunity to take a college level course during high school and depending upon his/her performance on the AP exam and the college selected, the student may accrue credit or advanced standing for the course.

Advanced Placement – U.S. History (R)—11th Grade (1 credit)

This course is for students that have a strong background, preparation and interest in United States History. Students will be recommended for this course based on academic preparation, motivation, ability and the recommendation of previous instructors as part of the admissions criteria. Students will take a look at the U.S. History they have studied in the past from a rigorous new chronological and thematic view of the American experience. The course is designed to provide the student with materials such as primary source and secondary source documents from which students can do evaluative critical study. The students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May in U.S. History; students will pay for the examination. The course offers the college-bound student the opportunity to take a college level course during high school and depending upon his/her performance on the AP exam and the college selected, the student may accrue credit or advanced standing for the course.

American Government (College Now)—12th Grade (.5 credit/3 college credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the United States government by examining the Constitution, the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, the electoral process, political parties and interest groups. Civil liberties and the struggle for equal rights will also be discussed

Macroeconomics (College Now)—12th Grade (.5 credit/3 college credits)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the economy as a whole including such topics as national income, inflation, production and employment, money and banking, supply and demand, fiscal and monetary policy, economic growth and development and international trade.

Civil War & Reconstruction (College Now) 11th-12th Grade (.5 credit/3 college credits)

This 20-week course provides students with the opportunity to study the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras in detail. It will cover the political, economic and social causes of the Civil War, major battles of the Civil War, and the successes and failures of Reconstruction, as well as numerous other topics related to the time period. A variety of media (movies, documentaries, PowerPoint presentations, and primary source documents) will be used to analyze this period in history. ~ Prerequisite: U.S. History and Government OR permission of instructor

Local History 10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This 20-week survey course traces the local history of the Mohawk Valley through the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on the area’s Indian culture, early European settlements in Herkimer County, the impact of wars on the area, the effect of the Erie Canal, along with a general examination of events and personalities important to our local development. Original student research of local history is encouraged.

Military History I 11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the background, the political struggles, the campaigns, the battle strategies and the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Students will be challenged to understand the Napoleonic Wars through lectures, research, research assignments and simulations. ~ Prerequisite: Global History 2

Military History II 11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course is an extension of Military History I, but can be taken separately. The purpose of this course is the study of the military development of Europe, focusing on World War I and World War II. Students will be challenged to understand the World Wars through lectures, research assignments and simulations. ~ Prerequisite: Global History 2

Historical Films I (up to and including WWI) 11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)
Historical Films II (WWI to present) 11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

The goals of this course are to expose the students to the relationship between popular culture and foreign policy in a democratic system, such as the United States. Students will learn to analyze films and place them into historical context. The students will explore the important technological and cinematic innovations of historical films within their cultural contexts and examinations of theoretical issues such as objectivity and the blurred line between fact and fiction. The students will learn the skills necessary for the critical evaluation and interpretation of historical films. Some writing will be required in the course.

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