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 Students are expected to read and write more, to analyze more historical documents and to synthesize their ideas and evaluate those of others.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

The second part of this course is concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it works today. We will examine in some detail the principal processes and institutions through which the political system functions, as well as some of the public policies that these institutions establish and how they are implemented. We will look primarily at the national government and national politics. This class meets both state and Diocesan standards.

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

Welcome! This class is designed in both content and workload after an introductory level college course in political science, as well as an introduction to economics. The first semester of this course will focus on the study of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics will be covered from August through mid-October, and macroeconomics will be covered from mid-October through December. We will be focused mainly on the economics text, though the instructor may supplement the material periodically with topics of interest. By the end of the first semester, the student will have a working knowledge of introductory level microeconomic and macroeconomic theory.

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