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Social Studies Courses
All students must earn 3 Social Studies credits in order to graduate from Grandview High School. Of the 3 credits, one credit must be achieved in United States History and a half credit must be completed in American Government.
 
U.S. History credit may be earned in one of the following ways:
A.    U.S. History 11th grade
B.    AP United States History 11th grade
C.    Online U.S. History - CCSD
 
The 1/2 credit of Government may be earned in one of the following ways:
A.    Geography/Government
B.    Government – Semester course offered during their Junior or Senior year for students who took AP Human Geography during their Freshmen year.
C.    AP U.S. Government (typically taken in 11th or 12 grade)
D.    Online Government
While only 3 credits are required for graduation, it is highly recommended that all students who plan to attend college take at least 4 credits of Social Studies.
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11
​Fees: None
Students in United States History will learn about the development of this country’s political, economic, and social systems by studying about the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, Industrialism, Imperialism, the World Wars, the Depression, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the politics of the 1980’s. Students will learn methods of historical inquiry through lectures, class discussions, audio-visual materials, and primary and secondary documents.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11, 12
​Fees: See AP Section
The Advanced Placement Program in U.S. History is designed to provide students with the skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials offered in college U.S. History. Using extensive chronological coverage, this college- level course will survey a broad variety of topics such as economic, cultural, intellectual, social, political-constitutional, and diplomatic history. An Advanced Placement exam will be administered at the end of the course providing students with the opportunity to obtain college credit and/or advanced placement in col­lege courses. Each student is expected to take this national Advanced Placement exam. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
U.S. HISTORY – ONLINE - 1 Credit (Social Studies)
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
U.S. History online offers an interpretive overview of American history using a thematic and standards-based approach to learning. The themes used to interpret history will revolve around the following areas: econom­ic and political processes; immigration, urbanization, and the changing demographics of the United States; progressivism and the struggle for social justice; change and continuity in U.S. foreign policy. Our objective is to understand not only what happened in American History but also why it happened, using a variety of primary sources and a wide range of schol­arly interpretations. The eras covered will range from European migration to North America through the present day.
PSYCHOLOGY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Psychology is the study of human behavior. In this course, the student will learn about the basic principles of psychology including Developmental Psychology, Learning Principles and Applications, Information Processing, Personality Theory, Motivational Theory, Adolescence, and Aging.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11, 12
​Fees: See AP Section
Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychologi­cal facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychol­ogists use in their science and practice. An Advanced Placement exam will be administered at the end of the course providing students with the opportunity to obtain college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. Each student is expected to take this national Advanced Placement exam. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
SOCIOLOGY - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Sociology is a study of human behavior in groups and societies. Instead of focusing on the individual, this class will focus on how people work and relate to other people. Topics will include: theory of sociology, socializa­tion, culture, social institutions, stoical inequality, and social deviance. Students will also develop the skills necessary to conduct sociological research including conducting surveys, experiments, observations and interviews.
GOVERNMENT - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11, 12
​Fees: None
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students for participation in our representative democracy. The course will introduce students to the foundations, structures, and operation of government and its interactions at the international, national, state and local levels. Students will actively engage in current and historical policy issues. Students will leave the class with the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing members of a democracy. This course will meet Colorado graduation requirements.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11, 12
​Fees: See AP Section
In this college level course, students will be given an analytical perspec­tive on government and politics in the United States. The course study includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Topics covered are: the U.S. Constitution, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups and mass media, institutions of national governments, public policy, civil rights, and civil liberties. This course will meet Colorado graduation requirements. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - ONLINE - 1/2 Credit (Social Studies)
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester (Fulfils state civics requirement.)
​Grade: 10-12
American Government focuses on the constitutional principles of the United States republican form of government and how to apply this con­stitutional knowledge to form an understanding of government and it’s relationships on the local, state, national and international levels.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Spring Semester
​Fees: See AP Section
This course critically examines the governments of China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students analyze the form of these governments, how they relate to the different ethnic, racial, social, and economic groups within their respective societies, how political par­ties and institutions operate within the structure of these governments, and how each government is responding to its country’s social and economic changes. In the process, students gain an understanding of the differing origins, idelogies, divisions, roles of citizens, framework, and forces for change in poltical systems around the world. This class is the equivalent of a one-semester college course in comparative political systems. Students are expected to take the AP Comparative Government exam in the spring. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
GEOGRAPHY/GOVERNMENT  - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9
​Fees: None
The first semester of this course focuses on the physical and cultural geog­raphy of the earth. Students look at the political, economic, demographic, religious, and social forces that shape the cultural landscape of the world today. The second half of the course examines the foundations, structure, and operation of the government of the United States at the international, national, state, and local levels. Additionally, the course emphasizes the rights and responsibilities of citizens and study current issues and events that confront America today. This course meets Colorado graduation requirements for government.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY - 1 Credit

​Prerequisite:

9th Graders - Teacher signature, concurrent enrollment in Honors English 9-successful completion of entrance examination

10th Graders - Teacher signature,
concurrent enrollment in Honors English 10
 
11th & 12th Grade - Teacher signature
Course Length: Year​
​Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
​Fees: See AP Section
Human Geography is the study of how people use the earth. Topics cov­ered in this class include where we live and why, where we migrate from and why, why culture exists and how cultures differ, why countries exist and how their boundaries either increase or reduce the chance of warfare, why some countries are economically advanced and others are economi­cally challenged, why agriculture is a key component of economic and military power, how industrial and urban patterns differ from country to country, and what trends in all of these areas can we expect in the future. AP Human Geography is the equivalent of a semester-long college course. As part of this course, students will be expected to take the AP examin in the spring. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
GEOGRAPHY - ONLINE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9 - 12
Geography is a semester long course designed to introduce students to the major themes of space, people, culture, economics and resource issues. Students in this course will be exposed to these geographical themes by studying major regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Students taking this course are expected to master the use of maps and spatial data sets, as well as complete projects and papers.
WORLD HISTORY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10
​Fees: None
This course is a survey of history from the emergence of civilization to the present day. Students will learn about the political, economic, and cultur­al forces which have shaped the development of civilizations around the world and laid the foundations for the issues which face the people of the globe today. The course will focus on developing students’ reading and writing skills through the use of primary and secondary documents and researched-based writing.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10, 11, 12
​Fees: See AP Section
The purpose of this Advanced Placement course is to develop a greater understanding of how human societies have developed and interacted with one another throughout world history. The course will use selected factu­al knowledge, reading, writing, and analytical skills to enhance the stu­dents’ understanding of history. Specific themes explored in the course will involve political structures, economic systems, religious institutions, social classes, intellectual philosophies, artistic movements, technology, and the environment. An Advanced Placement exam will be administered at the end of the course, providing students with the opportunity to attain college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. Each student is expected to take this national exam. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Fees: See AP Section
This college-level course will cover European history from the Renaissance to the present. The class will emphasize chronological cover­age of historical events and concepts, critical historical analysis, and themes in the areas of political, intellectual, cultural social, and economic history. Another major component of this course will be the development of document-based essay writing and analytical skills. Each student is expected to take a national Advanced Placement exam at the end of the course. This exam will provide students with the opportunity to obtain col­lege credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
WORLD RELIGIONS - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
In this course, students will study the major faiths of mankind including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Taoism. Students will learn about the historical origins of each religion, beliefs and prac­tices, and the impact each religion has had on its members and world affairs. Students can expect a high level of discussion as well as the oppor­tunity to visit the places of worship for these religions.
ECONOMICS - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
This course is designed to acquaint the student with basic economic ele­ments, goals, problems, and alternatives of the modified free market sys­tem. The student will study the major economic goals of our society: growth, full employment, price stability, and efficiency. Knowledge of these concepts will provide a better understanding of our roles in society.
POLITICAL ISSUES - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
In Political Issues, students will take an in-depth look at the local, nation­al, and international events that affect everyday life in the United States. Students will use a variety of learning techniques such as discussion, media, guest speakers, and independent research to study the issues that impact our society and to explore national and international affairs.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MICRO & MACRO ECONOMICS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Micro
The purpose of an AP course in Microeconomics is to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the funtions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.
 
AP Macro
The AP course in Macroeconomics is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such as a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops your familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. An Advanced Placement exam will be adminis­tered at the end of the course providing students with the opportunity to obtain college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. Each student is expected to take this national Advanced Placement exam. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted.
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