Social Science

Social Science Course Sequence

General

World Studies I & II

World Studies I & II are designed to prepare students in 9th and 10th grades to be critical consumers of information related to diverse global cultures and issues.  Students will develop historical and social science critical reading and thinking skills through the use of primary and secondary source documents relating to current and historical issues and events.   Course experiences will also prepare students to become more knowledgeable and active citizens. The honors level sequence will accomplish this at a more accelerated rate because it introduces skill sets associated with Advanced Placement® Coursework.

*This course meets the state civics requirement.•

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Successful completion of level I of World Studies is highly recommended before enrolling in level II.

 

United States History

This course is a survey of our nation's history. Semester one begins with Colonial America and will include the Civil War. Semester two begins with Imperialism and continues into the 20th century, including the Cold War. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on relating what is learned with the present. Primary goals include an appreciation of our nation's heritage, an understanding of our system of government, and a knowledge of our country's changing role in a changing world. Emphasis is also placed on developing a sense of historical perspective. In the first semester of this course the State requirement for passing the Illinois and United States constitution tests is met.

*This course meets the US-History graduation requirement.*

Semesters: 2
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: none

Law in American Society

This course concentrates on providing students with both theoretical and practical applications of law in American society. It is designed to alert students of potential legal problems and liability and when possible provide a basis for self-help. Units will include but not be limited to such topics as: court organization, criminal law, and civil law.

*This course meets the state civics requirement.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: none

 

Sociology

Sociology offers a way of looking at social life. It is devoted to giving students a set of concepts which will help to better understand their own behavior and that of others.  The course examines the influence of the geographical, biological, and social factors upon human behavior. The nature of the culture is analyzed and emphasis is placed upon the great part played by the cultural factor in shaping both personal life and forms of social relations. Other topics include groups, deviance, and the family.

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: none

Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans. It examines humans both as a creature of the environment and as a creature of culture. This course studies scientific generalizations concerning why humans act as they do. The science of archaeology is studied with practical application where feasible. Emphasis is placed on comparing cultures throughout the world, and how they resolve their unique problems of survival.

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: none

Psychology

This course is designed to familiarize students with the nature of psychology, its basic structure and its broad purposes in contemporary life. Students are introduced to human physiology, abnormal behavior, learning, memory, human growth and development, and are encouraged to apply the principles of psychology to their own lives. Particular attention is paid to essential social studies skills in reading, analysis, and application of data that relate to the patterns of human behavior. The goal of the course is for students to appreciate the commonality of all human behavior, while accepting the uniqueness of each individual.

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: none

Current Issues & Civil Action

The objective of this course is to stimulate the students' interest in and understanding of the American way of life in order to teach students how to fulfill their role as citizens in our republic. The overarching question of the course is ‘how should we live together?’  In order to evaluate this question, students will engage in discussions of current and controversial issues, receive instruction on government institutions, participate in simulations of the democratic process, and engage in service learning. Emphasis is given to the view that intelligent people in a democracy differ on the solutions to problems, but it is the obligation of citizens to get the facts and make up their own mind. Some of the units that may be covered include but are not limited to: media literacy, elections, poverty, race, current economic issues, and current social issues.

*This course meets the state civics requirement.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: none

Honors

Honors World Studies I & II

World Studies I & II are designed to prepare students in 9th and 10th grades to be critical consumers of information related to diverse global cultures and issues.  Students will develop historical and social science critical reading and thinking skills through the use of primary and secondary source documents. Course experiences will also prepare students to become more knowledgeable and active citizens.  The honors level sequence will accomplish this at a more accelerated rate because it introduces skill sets associated with Advanced Placement® Coursework.

*This course meets the state civics requirement.*

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Successful completion of level I of World Studies is highly recommended before enrolling in level II.

Advanced Placement®

Advanced Placement® European History

The 2017 College Board AP® Course Description states, “In AP® European History students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present.” The goals of AP® European History are for students 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.

This course is targeted for students that are highly motivated, passionate about history, and demonstrate strong reading and writing skills.  Students will prepare for the AP European History exam.

*This course meets the state civics requirement.*

Semesters: 2
Level: 9 (with approval of division leader), 10, 11, 12 
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: Approval of division leader

Advanced Placement® U.S. Government & Politics

The 2018 College Board AP® Course Description states that “AP® U.S. Government and Politics provides a nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors.”

*This course meets the state civics requirement.*

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Approval of division leader

 

Advanced Placement® U.S. History

The 2017 College Board AP® Course Description states, “In AP® U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.”

This course is encouraged for students who have demonstrated a high proficiency in reading, writing, and historical skills. Students will spend time interpreting and analyzing primary sources, writing papers, completing projects, and doing outside reading to prepare for the AP® United States History exam which is required for all students in the class.

*This course meets the United States History graduation requirement.  *

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Approval of division leader

Advanced Placement® Psychology

The College Board AP® Course Description Guide states, “The AP® Psychology course 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 subfields within psychology.”  This year-long course also addresses “the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice” and goes into more depth than the regular psychology course.  Students will prepare for the AP® Psychology exam.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: Approval of the division leader

Advanced Placement® Microeconomics

Students taking this course are required to also enroll in AP® Macroeconomics during the same school year. Due to a variety of matters including, but not limited to the sequence and pacing of the curriculum, students will not meet the consumer education graduation requirement unless they successfully complete both AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics.

The 2014 College Board AP® Course Description Guide states, “AP® Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers.  The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.  Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe and explain economic concepts.”

This course is targeting students that are highly motivated, demonstrate critical thinking skills, math skills, and an interest in business related matters.  Students will prepare for the AP Microeconomics exam.

*The full year of the AP® Economics course (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) will meet the Consumer Education graduation requirement.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: Approval of the division leader. Students must demonstrate strong competencies in mathematics.    

 

Advanced Placement® Macroeconomics

Students taking this course are required to also enroll in AP Macroeconomics during the same school year.  Due to a variety of matters including, but not limited to the sequence and pacing of the curriculum, students will not meet the consumer education graduation requirement unless they successfully complete both AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics.

The 2014 College Board AP® Course Description Guide states, “AP® Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics 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 the international economics.  Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.”

This course is targeting students that are highly motivated, demonstrate critical thinking skills, math skills, and an interest in business related matters.  Students will prepare for the AP® Macroeconomics exam.

*The full year of the AP® Economics course (Macroeconomics and Microeconomics) will meet the Consumer Education graduation requirement.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: Approval of the division leader.  Students must demonstrate strong competencies in mathematics.

Advanced Placement® Human Geography

The 2013 College Board AP Course Description Guide states, “The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.  Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.”

This year-long course targets students that are highly motivated, demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, and interpretive skills, as well as possess an interest in maps and geospatial data (e.g., natural or constructed features).  Students will prepare for the AP Human Geography exam.

*This course meets the state civics requirement*

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: Approval of the division leader

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Contact Us

Matt Timmerman
Director of Curriculum & Assessment 
Email: mtimmerman@d155.org

Gregory Hoffman
Cary-Grove High School
Division Lead 
Email: ghoffman@d155.org

Steven Knope
Crystal Lake Central High School
Division Lead 
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Jeffery Delzell
Crystal Lake South High School
Division Lead 
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John Pellikan
Prairie Ridge High School
Division Lead 
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