Social Studies Department

    Mrs. Trish LaBouff
    Social Studies Supervisor


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    Jaclyn Zeigler Sean Kennevan Chris Repsher
    Jay Donoghue Erich Wiltsee Gerard Sherlock, Department Coordinator
    Scott Glossner Jeff Masci Casey Burk
    Ron Jensen Karen O'Neil  
    Social Studies


    *U.S. History I                                              HON, ACC, CP, MOD, PR
    An in-depth analysis of United States history up to 1900, which focuses on the social changes, territorial expansion, industrialization, and conflicts over power that helped shape the United States. *HON offered by invitation only. *Honors offered as BCC Cap Course. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.


    *U.S. History II                                              HON, ACC, CP, MOD, PR
    An in-depth analysis of the history of the United States from 1920 to the present, which focuses on the roles of change, conflict, diversity, scarcity, interdependence and authority in shaping and affecting the 20th Century. *HON Offered as BCC CAP Course and by invitation only. PR level is offered through Child Study Team. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.


    World Cultures                                           HON, ACC, CP, MOD, PR
    Study of the geography, history and philosophies, governments, arts, economics, and social systems of the major cultural areas. Students will be able to identify and locate the political divisions and describe the physical characteristics including climate and landforms for each of the cultural regions, from the 16th century to the present. Students will acquire a historical understanding of each cultural region including political, economic, and religious events that shaped the region with an emphasis on understanding their impact on present global situations. Students will be able to describe, compare, and analyze the elements of culture, and recognize that these elements are interrelated. Cultural regions studied are Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, Europe and Russia, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.


    Humanities                                                                ACC
    Designed to teach students to develop their ability to see art, listen to music and read literature. In addition to developing criteria for aesthetic judgment, the course emphasizes evaluation of the historic, social and philosophical significance of ideas, institutions and works of human expression. Demonstrates the evolution of crucial themes and ideas and relate them to current issues and attitudes. Students develop skills necessary for communication of ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level II academic elective without prerequisite. It will be team-taught by a teacher from the English Department and a teacher from the Humanities Department.


    *AP European History                                              HON
    The study of European history since 1400 introduces students to cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world today. Offered to those students who display special abilities in Social Studies. Equivalent to a first year college course. These students will be able to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college. Summer readings are required in this class. *Offered as BCC CAP Course. Offered by invitation only.


    Modern European History                                        ACC
    Designed to study European history from the Renaissance to the present. The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world today.


    *AP Psychology                                                          ACC
    Honors level psychology course which covers the general areas of the E.T.S. A.P. psychology course and will allow students to take the A.P. test if they so choose. A strong background in biological sciences is recommended. *Offered as BCC CAP Course. Offered by invitation only.


    Psychology                                                             ACC, CP
    Introduces student to basic concepts of the discipline of psychology. Ideas discussed promote understanding of human behavior from both a biological and social perspective. Emphasis placed on viewing psychology as a science encouraging intellectual curiosity and critical evaluation of everyday issues.


    American Government                                             ACC
    Develops interest and enhances knowledge of American political system and government structure. Concentrates on the following issues: political heritage, the growth and operation of the federal government, the Supreme Court and individual rights, the function of state and local governments, the voter’s role in political campaigns, and an understanding of political topics in today’s world.


    Current Affairs                                                             CP
    Study of present day national and international events which can affect our lives. Seeks to develop an understanding of changing world conditions: social, political, and economic.


    AP Economics:                                                           HON
    Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
    Designed for students who are excellent readers, have well-developed skills in research, written and oral communications, an awareness of current events, and a particular interest in the social sciences. Offered by invitation only. This course fulfills the personal financial literacy requirement for graduation.


    Focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. Primary emphasis is 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.


    Focuses on principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Particular emphasis is on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth and international economics.


    Foundations of Leadership                                     ACC
    Introduces fundamental principles of leadership with an emphasis on the application of the principles of self development and organizational effectiveness. Students learn more about themselves through participation in class discussions, experimental challenge activities, seminars, and group work. Strong emphasis on the development of effective communication skills.


    Sociology                                                                   ACC
    Examines and analyzes how societies, communities, and smaller groups are organized and maintained and, most importantly, how they affect human behavior. Students examine how societal elements such as class, culture, race, gender, family, medicine, business, technology, education, religion, and government affect their lives. Emphasis on deepening students' understanding of both their own experiences and the complexity of social phenomena in contemporary America society.


    *AP World History                                                    HON
    Develops understanding of global changes and consequences throughout history and compares ancient societies. Builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional,. and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills using primary sources. Students may choose to take the World History AP test in May. *Offered as BCC CAPCourse. Offered by invitation only.


    World Civilizations                                                   ACC
    Examines the foundation and development of civilizations from early humans to the 16th Century. Encompasses a study of the origins of humankind, ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Hebrews, the classical cultures of Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe and the Rise of Islam, and the early non-Western cultures of India, China and Mesopotamia. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.


    World Geography                                                    ACC
    Centers on the physical characteristics of the countries: location, climate, topography, products and resources, population, and trade. Skills in map analysis and interpretation of climate data are featured.


    Human Behavior                                                       PR
    Provides at-risk students with the skills needed to experience greater success both in school, in life and in the workplace. Emphasis on helping students build a positive self-image by learning to accept responsibility for their actions, understanding the effect their actions will have on others, and learning to build positive

    relationships based on effective communication. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.

    Social Studies                                                          PR
    Addresses US history, geography, world cultures, citizenship, and current events. Emphasis on class discussions, organizational skills, and the relevance of the material to the students' everyday lives. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.


    American Minorities                                                                         ACC
    The lifestyles and attitudes of minority groups in America are compared and contrasted. Attention is given to social issues and the emerging roles of minorities in diverse communities.


    American Women                                                                            ACC
    Explores contemporary social issues as well a  s pertinent historical events in the history of the American female. Topics include male and female gender roles, a historical overview of women in American History focusing on the struggle for women’s suffrage. Examines contemporary issues such as equal pay, reproductive choices, Title IX and violence against men/women. Analysis of the media enables students to evaluate the prevailing image of men and women in today’s society. Explores the formation of a positive body self-image and the causes, symptoms and treatment of disordered eating.


    Constitutional Law                                                                            ACC
    Examines and addresses the basic rights and freedoms of American citizens. General course content outlines the history and development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Selected Supreme Court decisions from 1803 to current time will be analyzed and discussed in a historical perspective and how they apply to current situations.


    Financial Literacy                                                                              ACC
    This course will teach key economic principles that are necessary to properly prepare students for personal and civic financial literacy and to interact in the global community. This course fulfills the personal financial literacy requirement for graduation..


    Modern United States Wars                                                          ACC
    Examines American involvement in the major wars of the 20th Century, including the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars. Analyzes and compares factors which influenced American participation in these conflicts, and examines how these wars affected American political, economic, and social institutions. Issues including the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and segregation in the military will be discussed. Provides in-depth look at the battles, technology, and weaponry of each war, as well as how the soldiers were viewed by Americans on the home front.


    Strategies for Success in High School and Life                   ACC, CP
    Designed primarily as an elective for freshmen, although any student in any grade may take it. Fosters appreciation for cultural diversity and individualism and teaches study skills at an early stage to be applied throughout high school and higher learning. Taught by English and History departments. Credits will not count toward English or History requirements for graduation.

    United States Foreign Affairs                                                       ACC
    Traces the development of American foreign policy of the Twentieth Century. Provides in-depth look at significant trends and attitudes including those of the Cold War (American-Soviet relations), the American role as the political and economic leader in the Western world, and the current and future role of America in international affairs. Issues such as nuclear weapons, global trade, and the increasing worldwide demand for oil are discussed. Examines the attacks on September 11th, the War on Terror, national security, human rights issues and awareness, and the role the United Nations plays in foreign affairs.