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Social Studies at CMHS...

The Social Studies Department seeks to develop thoughtful, objective citizens, unimpeded by social and cultural differences, who may contribute to a democratic and global community. The following courses may be used to fulfill the higher education admission requirements for 3 units (6 semesters) of social science, at least one of which must be U.S. History or World Civilization. Courses completed beyond the 3 required units may be used to fulfill the requirement for 2 units (4 semesters) of academic electives.

NOTE: The CMHS graduation requirements are also 3 units/6 semesters , but specifically include a full year of U.S. History, 1 semester of American Government, and 2 semesters of a World History. The remaining 1 semester may be fulfilled by any of the classes in the social studies section.

Course Descriptions

205 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 12
A study of the American political system and the issues which confront our
political leaders today. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on the U. S.
Constitution, including the separation of powers and the election process.  
Required of all Seniors.

204 GOVERNMENT STUDIES
Prerequisite: Recommendation of Guidance, Special Education, and
Social Studies Department
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 12
This course is designed to introduce students to the American political
system and the issues that confront our political leaders today.  An
emphasis will be placed on the U.S. Constitution, separation of powers and
the election process as well as current events.  This course parallels the
curriculum of the American Government course. This course will meet the
American Government requirement and is intended to help students with
reading comprehension and/or writing difficulties.

206 AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Prerequisite: B or better in social studies classes is recommended
Credit: 1 AP
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 11, 12
This Advanced Placement Course is designed to prepare Senior students
to take and pass the AP U.S. Government and Politics test given in May
of each year. This course is the equivalent of a one semester college
introductory course in U.S. Government and Politics. The content of the
course will concentrate on U.S. constitutional principles, political beliefs
and behavior, political parties, interest groups and mass media, political
institutions, public policy, and civil rights and liberties. Emphasis is placed
on extensive reading and writing. The course may be taken in lieu of the
American government requirement, or may be taken as an elective.
    
207 AP GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: COMPARATIVE
Prerequisite: B or better in all Social Studies classes is recommended,
but previous AP experience is not required.
Credit: 1 AP
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 11, 12
This course will explore some of the basic changes which have occurred
in the world since the end of the Cold War, the tragic events of 9/11, as
well as the conflict in Iraq. These profound political, economic, and social
dislocations have transformed many nations in the world in particular
ways and have altered relations among nations. The effects have not been
uniform. Why? We will examine the effect of culture on the transition to
democracy and economic liberalization in countries across the globe. In
this way, we will come to better understand the nature and function of
government in various contexts.

209 PSYCHOLOGY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 12
This is a survey course, taught as a behavioral science. Special attention is
given to heredity, growth, biological maturation, sensation, and perception.  
The course will study learning of simple and complex skills, motivation,
stress frustrations, mechanisms of defense, and behavioral disorders.

210 AP PSYCHOLOGY
Prerequisite: Strong interest in psychology
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
AP Psychology will study the behavior and mental processes of human be-
ings and their animals with consideration given to the psychological facts,
principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields
within psychology. Students also learn about the methods psychologists
use in their science and practice.

211 SOCIOLOGY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 12
Introduction to field of sociology, with opportunity to investigate such
topics as law and order, nature of violence, marriage, the family, alcohol,
drug and tobacco problems, racial and ethnic groups, man and his environ-
ment, and man and war.
Note: Supplementary readings will need to be purchased by student.


240 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
Prerequisite: AP U.S. History or instructor approval
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This Advanced Placement course is a chronological survey of European
History emphasizing the period from approximately 1400 (late Middle
Ages) to the present. In addition to providing a basic exposure to factual
narrative, the goals are to develop an understanding of some of the prin-
cipal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical
evidence, and an ability to express that understanding and analysis in
writing.

247 AP MICROECONOMICS
Prerequisite: Strong interest in Social Studies and a B or better in
World History
Credit: 1 AP
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is designed to develop objective consideration of economic
issues and provides information and understanding of how resources are al-
located by prices. Topics for study include price theory, consumer demand,
cost and market structure, the role of government in the market, resource
pricing, and international trade.

248 AP MACROECONOMICS
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Microeconomics
Credit: 1 AP
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course introduces the student to the nature of macroeconomics. The
course considers concepts of scarcity and the world of trade-offs, supply
and demand, the macro economy, measuring the economy’s performance,
economic growth, classical and Keynesian macro analyses, consumption,
income and the multiplier, and issues related to the global economy.

212 MAN, MYTH, AND MAGIC
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 12
Sea monsters swim in deep lakes as Holy men meditate for months without
food or water, and something or someone leaves messages in the form
of crop circles. Mysteries? Miracles? Maybe. The line between fact and
fantasy, science and science fiction gets explored in this course. This
semester long elective is for seniors only. Through lectures, class discus-
sions, and research we will take a closer look at what lies behind some
very weird phenomena.
NOTE: This course is offered as an academic elective only.

222 UNITED STATES HISTORY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11
This is a survey course on the political, social, and economic history of
the United States. Emphasis will be on the American frontier, American
foreign policy, rise of industrialism, the 1920’s, the Depression and New
Deal, World War II, the McCarthy era, the Civil Rights movement, and the
Vietnam and post Vietnam eras. Required of all Juniors.

225 AMERICAN STUDIES
Prerequisite: Recommendation of Guidance, Special Education, and
Social Studies Department
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of the American
experience. Parallels the curriculum of the U.S. History course. This course
will meet the U.S. History requirement and is intended to help students
with reading comprehension and/or writing difficulties.

714 AP ART HISTORY
Prerequisite: An interest in Art and/or History
Credit: 2 AP Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course will provide students the same benefits as those provided by
an introductory college survey course in art history:  An understanding and
enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within
historical and cultural contexts. Students will learn to look at works of art
critically, and to analyze what they see with intelligent sensitivity.
NOTE: This course may be used to fulfill the 2 credits of Fine Arts
requirement or 2 credits of Social Science. It may not be used for both.

230 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
Prerequisite: B or better in World Geography, Modern World History,
or AP Economics
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11
This Advanced Placement course is a chronological course from the
Colonial period to the present. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the AP
test given in the spring. Extensive reading, writing, and outside projects are
required.  This course meets the U.S. History requirement.

243 WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester or Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
The course in World Geography is designed to introduce students to the
basics of the discipline of geography. Units covered in the course include
physical geography, climatology, ecosystems, urbanization, land use,
population distribution, growth patterns, and linkages. Geographic areas
of the world will also be studied in great detail. Areas of the study will be
determined by teacher discretion.
NOTE:  CU-Boulder requires 1 Semester of Geography for graduation.

244 WORLD HISTORY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9
World History provides a global perspective recording both the struggle
and the progress, and showing both the continuity and the change in the
history of the world. Following a chronological and topical approach, the
course is a comprehensive study of the forces and movements that have
made the past continuous with and relevant to the present. Students will be
informed about the origin and development of the world’s major eastern
and western civilizations. They will develop the critical thinking skills
they need to make objective judgments of historical and contemporary
issues. The course emphasizes pre twentieth century world history using a
multicultural survey approach. Required for Graduation.                        

245 MODERN WORLD HISTORY
Prerequisite: Strong interest in Social Studies
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
The Modern World History course is intended for students who would like
to pursue either Advanced Placement U.S. History or Advanced Placement
European History. The course provides a global perspective of modern
world history from the French revolution to the present. Students will
develop critical thinking skills through exposure to global geopolitics,
geographical relationships, and major historical events. Topics under study
will include the French and Industrial Revolutions, Imperialism, World
Wars I and II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and contemporary issues such
as the Middle East and nuclear proliferation. Developing note taking skills,
analyzing readings, participating in small and large group presentations and
simulations will prepare students in making objective judgments regarding
historical and contemporary issues.
 
249 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Prerequisite: B or better in U.S. or World History or Geography
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10 (with instructor approval), 11, 12
This course will explore the various geographic regions of the world by
examining political, economic, and religious bodies and how these bodies
work together to create cultural landscapes. Extensive reading will be
used to analyze geographic patterns and relationships. The emphasis of the
curriculum is to prepare for the AP exam.
NOTE:  CU-Boulder requires 1 semester of Geography for entrance.