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AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 11
Major topics include American Government (the development of American Government form 1776-1875) and U. S. History from 1875 to the present. There is a required Regents exam offered in June.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Global Studies 9 & 10 

AMERICAN HISTORY (College Level) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit, 3 SUNY Broome credits
SUNY Broome: HIS 130 CF1 30825 U.S. History I
SUNY Broome: HIS 131 CF1 52462 U.S. History II
Grade Level: 11
This is a college level course in American History. The History Dept.of SUNY Broome requires 25 pages of outside writing each semester. Outside time: at least one hour per day. Open only to Grade 11 Students. This course will also suffice for the State mandated course in Grade 11 American History Government. In order to take the course a student must show academic ability and maturity to handle the course work and meet the following requirements: 1) An 85 average in AP World History or a 94 average in their 10th grade Global History course. 2) Teacher recommendation, 3) Final acceptance by the instructor of History 130 & 131 and the 10th grade teacher of record. Please Note: Any student in History 130 (Fall Semester) not finishing with a minimum of a C+ (79) will not be allowed to take History 131 (spring semester). Also, to qualify for the SUNY Broome 12th grade Social Studies course (Public Affairs), a student must complete 130 & 131 with a C+(79) or better or maintain a grade of 90 or above in Regents American History 11. Teacher recommendation is also required for Public Affairs. Students may take these courses for high school credit and not college.

ECONOMICS 12 (Regents) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit
Grade Level: 12
All students will take one semester of Economics and one semester of Participatory Government. There will be Regents and College Level sections Economics and a Regents and College Level section of Participatory Government.

ECONOMICS 12 (College Level) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 3 Syracuse University credits (tuition cost required)
This course aligns with ECN 203 which is offered to all incoming freshman as a liberal arts requirement at Syracuse University. The course, ECN 203, is an introduction to mainstream economic thought. The course will introduce students to ideas that form the foundation of modern NeoClassical economic thought, and use that foundation to examine current issues facing individuals and society today. In order to receive college credit through Syracuse students will have to pay the SUPA registration fee of $300. They will receive 3 Syracuse Credits which can also transfer to other colleges throughout the country. Students also need to provide their own textbook for the course which they can purchased through the Syracuse University bookstore or online.
 
GENOCIDE IN THE 20TH CENTURY  (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit
Grade Levels: 9,10,11,12
Through guest speakers, readings, research projects, films and discussion, students will examine the tragic acts of genocide in this time period. While the main focus will be the Holocaust, other infamous topics, such as The Armenian genocide, Forced Famine in Ukraine, Cambodian genocide, Ethnic Cleansing in Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda will also be examined.

GLOBAL HISTORY 9 (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 9
The study of the eight main units of Global History and Geography: Ancient World, Exchange and Encounter, Interaction, Global Age, Revolution, Crisis and Achievement, 20th Century and Global Connections through the five New York State Learning Standards with a content focus of the Afro-Asian world. Particular attention is given to reading, note-taking skills, essay writing and the interpretation of documentary sources. There is a cumulative departmental final given to all students at the end of the course that is similar in format to the state regent’s examination in 10 Global History and Geography. The content for this course is needed for the Global History and Geography Regents exam given at the conclusion of Global History 10.

GLOBAL HISTORY 10 (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 10   
All students are required to pass the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography offered at the end of Grade 10 unless eligible for the Regents Competency Exam. The study of the eight main units of Global History and Geography: Ancient World, Exchange and Encounter, Interaction, Global Age, Revolution, Crisis and Achievement, 20th Century and Global Connections through the five New York State Learning Standards with a content focus of Western Civilization and Latin America. Particular attention is given to reading, note-taking skills, essay writing and the interpretation of documentary sources.
PREREQUISITE: 9 Global History 

PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grade Level: 12
This course is designed to encourage students to participate in school, local community, national and international issues, as informed citizens. Students will be involved in analyzing controversial issue through research, interviews, speakers, and readings from a variety of sources. Teachers will use various formats in class such as debates, class discussions, mock trials and student oral presentations. Students will also work on independent research projects.

PSYCHOLOGY (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grade Levels: 10,11,12
Psychology is a half-year elective designed to introduce students to basic behaviors of the brain, individual behaviors and why an individual thinks, feels and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphases will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood adolescence, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing and psychological disorders. 
 
PUBLIC AFFAIRS (College Level)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 3 SUNY Broome credits
Grade Level: 12
The College Level Participation in Government is offered through BCC under the designation of public policy. In order to take the BCC course a student must show academic ability and maturity to handle the course work and meet the following requirements: 1) An 85 average in AP World History or a 94 average in their 11th grade American History course. 2) Teacher recommendation 3) final acceptance by the instructor and the 11th grade teacher of record. 
 
THE ROOTS OF ROCK AND ROLL
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grade Levels: 9,10,11,12
This course will be a junior/senior elective that will trace the history of Rock and Roll music from its rise as a blending of White and African-American traditions within the youth oriented culture of Post World War II America to its subsequent diversification and internationalization. This history will be viewed in the context of political, historical, demographic, cultural, and technological forces at work in the modern and post modern world. Topics include: The roots of rock, the rise of youth culture, Vietnam and the age of protest, diversification and fusion, the effects of technology on culture, and the ever changing scope of popular music as a mirror of our social, political, and economic agenda.

SOCIOLOGY (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 credit
Grade Levels: 10,11,12
Sociology is a half-year elective designed to examine how individuals, groups and institutions interact to make up human societies. This course will introduce students to sociological perspectives, culture, social structures and social inequality. Attention will also be given to examining people and the roles they play in society, both as individuals and groups.
 
WORLD HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY II (Enriched)
40 Weeks – 1 HS Credit
Grade Levels: 10
This course covers all topics identified in the NYS curriculum, but explores some topics in greater depth. Students who wish to be successful in these courses must be able to summarize, explain and analyze what they read, participate in public speaking and complete short and long-term projects alone or with an assigned group. Writing assignments are more frequent and reading assignments are longer and will include primary sources. Students must have exemplary homework habits. Enriched 10 will have mandatory long-term projects in addition to the Regents exam.

Social Studies Dept. Staff

BENNETT, Mr. ADAM
HS social studies
CONDON, RENEE
Social Studies Teacher
EDWARDS, JONATHAN
Social Studies Teacher
MOTELL, JASON
Social Studies Teacher
SMITH, JASON
Social Studies Teacher
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