Mercy High School

Social Science

Freshman Level:

World Geography10 credits/year

This is a two semester class designed to study man and his relationship to the land. The student, by studying various cultures and how they differ from place to place, will gain an appreciation of the vast differences and similarities of the varied cultures of the world. In addition to cultural geography, the students will study the rudiments of physical geography. Fulfills the University of California “a” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: College preparatory level score on the Mercy High School Language Competency Placement Examination.

 


Sophomore Level:

World History10 credits/year

This is a course of study designed to introduce the student to the particular cultural tradition that has developed in present day Europe and the Americas. It is primarily a reading and lecture class but includes the developing of research skills for both projects and papers. In addition, students spend a significant amount of time connecting past with present by means of current events. Fulfills the University of California “a” requirement and California State University subject requirements.

 


Junior Level:

United States History10 credits/year

This course is a study of the people and events that shaped the nation of America. The student will examine the when, who, where, and why of American history. Readings from various sources will be used to explore the economic, political, and cultural developments from 1607 to the present. The student will examine the contribution and uniqueness of the different cultures and races in American society. This course will give the student a clear and analytical understanding of American history, which will allow him/her to comprehend current day’s events and issues. Fulfills the University of California “a” and California State University subject requirements.

Advanced Placement United States History10 credits/year

This course covers the period 1608-Present and is designed to be more demanding than United States History. Students are expected to read and write more, to analyze more historical documents and to synthesize their ideas and evaluate those of others. As a college-level type experience, students learn about the subject in greater detail, developing skills critically important to successful study in higher education. Completion of the College Board Advanced Placement Examination is also a course objective and requisite. This class may be taken in lieu of United States History. Fulfills the University of California “a” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: A grade of B+ or better in World History. Potential students will be required to submit a sample of their writing.

 


Senior Level:

American Government5 credits/semester

This course is a survey of American national government and politics including the Constitution, political culture, parties, elections, the Presidency, Congress and the courts. The student will learn how he/she can effectively participate in the political system of the United States. The student will develop a working knowledge of the structure and organization of the American political system. With this knowledge, the student will have the ability to make proficient decisions as an aware citizen. Fulfills the University of California “a” and California State University subject requirements.

Advanced Placement American Government and Politics: United States5 credits/semester

This course may be taken in lieu of American Government and will cover in depth the following: Constitutional underpinnings for the United States’ government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties and interest groups; institutions and policy processes of national government; civil right and civil liberties. Students will analyze current political events and learn to make well, informed decisions. This course is intended for college preparatory students with a desire to fulfill college requirements by taking the College Board Advanced Placement examination in their senior year. Fulfills the University of California “a” requirement and the California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in Advanced Placement United States History or a grade of “a” in United States History and instructor’s/department chair’s permission. Potential students will be required to submit a sample of their writing.

Economics5 credits/semester

This course is designed to give each student an introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. Students will improve their understanding of economics and learn to reason carefully about economic activities. Through economic mysteries, each student will be presented with personal, local, national, and international issues that will provide them the opportunity to learn and practice economic reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “f” and the California State University subject requirements.

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