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Social Science Course Descriptions

Social Science Department Chairperson: Mr. Chuck Ballingall

 

Speech

Pre-requisite: None – Required of all freshmen not enrolled in Honors Introduction to Debate.

 

(9) This course is a semester course, paired with the semester Health course. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of public speaking in the classroom, interpersonal occasions, professional settings and social advocacy. Class instruction will focus on preparing the student for high school and college academic presentations. This will include: the role of communication in daily life, communication models, speech structures and delivery styles. After the completion of this course, the student should be able to research, organize, write and deliver several different types of speeches. Finally, this introductory high school course is designed to give students the opportunities to gain poise, develop personal interests, and share responsibilities for group projects.

 

Honors Introduction to Debate

Pre-requisite: A composite score of 70 or higher on the Placement Exam.

 

(9) This class is an Honors level course which will provide students with numerous opportunities to practice basic research skills, engage in critical reading exercises, interpret data and maps, frame questions about the material under review, debate the merits of various viewpoints, and communicate one’s thoughts in the form of affirming or negating a proposed policy resolution. Additionally, the course will address a variety of study skills. This course is required for any student who wishes to participate in the Damien Debate program.

 

Modern World History

Pre-requisite: None – Required of all sophomores not enrolled in Advanced Placement European History.

 

(10) A survey of the great historic and contemporary civilizations and the people and events which contributed to their formation. Developments will be reviewed from both political and social perspectives.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “a” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement European History

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.

 

(10) A study of Western Civilization from 1450 to the present. Through lectures, discussions and readings, the student will develop critical analytical skills necessary for college level work. Success in the course depends on student interest and ability to keep pace with the required reading.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “a” requirement)

 

United States History

Pre-requisite: None – Required of all juniors not enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History.

 

(11) A survey of American history from the Colonial Era to the present, with added emphasis, during the second semester, placed on the events of the twentieth century.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “a” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement United States History

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

 

(11) A year long course of in-depth study into economic, cultural, political a social influences which have shaped the United States. The course is designed to provide students with the appropriate interest and ability, the opportunity to undertake an intense and critical investigation of American institutions from the Colonial Era to the present.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “a” requirement)

 

United States Government

Pre-requisite: None – Required of all seniors not enrolled in AP Government.

 

(12) This course is a one-semester survey of the political institutions and processes of American government. The course is both historical and contemporary in its content, and includes some comparative government.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “a” requirement)

 

Economics

Pre-requisite: None – Required of all seniors not enrolled in AP Economics.

 

(12) This course is a one-semester survey of basic micro- and macro- economics. This course will introduce students to economic theory using contemporary examples and current public policy. The course also includes a study of the structure and operation of financial markets.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Government/Economics

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

 

(12) This is a year-long coures that utilizes tandem scheduling to cover the American system of governance in addition to providing anintroductory survey of the basic concepts of macro-economics. Both topics are designed to be equivalent to most college level introductory coures in scope, methodology and rigor.

 

(Government meets the UC/CSU “a” requirement while Economics satisfies the CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Government: U.S. & Comparative

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

 

(12) This is a two-part course. The 1st semester covers the American system of governance while the 2nd semester addresses the British, Chinese, Iranian, Mexican, Nigerian, and Russian systems of governance as well as various approaches to the study of Comparative Politics.

 

(U.S. meets the UC/CSU “a” requirement while Comparative satisfies the CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Economics: Micro & Macro

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

 

(12) A year long introductory survey of the basic concepts of macro-economics and micro-economics, designed to be equivalent to most college level introductory economics course in scope, methodology and rigor.

 

(Meets UC/CSU “g” requirement)

 

Social Science Electives

 

Debate (course tandems with PE)

Prerequisites: “A” in Honors Freshman Seminar & permission of Debate Coach

 

(10) A course in developing forensic skills is provided at each grade level. Debate and individual events will be studied. It is assumed that all students will be participating in interscholastic forensic activities as part of their course involvement. A considerable commitment of time after school is required.

 

Advanced Debate

Prerequisites: Permission of Debate Coach.

 

(11-12) A course in developing forensic skills is provided at each grade level. Debate and individual events will be studied. It is assumed that all students will be participating in interscholastic forensic activities as part of their course involvement. A considerable commitment of time to after school is required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Human Geography

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

 

(11-12) This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alterations of the Earth’s surface. The course is structured to address human geography’s seven core topics: the nature of geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, the political organization of space, agriculture and rural land use, industrial and economic development, and cities and urban land use.

 

(Meets UC/CSU “a” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Psychology

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

 

(11-12) A systematic introduction to the study of the behavioral and mental processes of both human beings and of other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological principles and phenomenon associated with the major subfields within the discipline. Students will study the methods used in professional research and practice.

 

(Meets UC/CSU “g” requirement)