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Other History Electives Of- fered in Recent Years:

Ethics Introduction to Film Studies Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Science Classical Sources of Classic

Films European Art History Art History: Intro to Mod- ernism


This course will be a study of the human psyche. We will begin by examining some of the earliest psychological theories and then spend some time with Freud. Then we will investigate some of the classic 20th century experiments in psychology and what they imply. Finally then, we'll end with recent work in the field of neurology and cognitive science. This course will have a significant amount of, albeit very interesting, reading. For Juniors and Seniors only or permission of instructor. (one term, one third credit)


The Senior Program offers interdisciplinary courses which are considered part of the History curriculum. These courses can include literature, film, art and philosophy. These offerings involve considerable writing and critical reading of a variety of texts. ID courses are one trimester each and earn one third credit each. Listed below are course offerings from recent years:


There is very little consensus about what globalization means and even less about its value. As an interdisciplinary course, we will look at economics, sociology, po- litical philosophy, history and cur- rent events. This course will focus initially on understanding basic economic theory and will then investigate how recent

trends in the political and eco- nomic realm have affected peo- ple in both the developed and developing world. The texts for this class will include newspa- pers, Economics Explained by Heilbroner and Thurow, The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Friedman and Jihad vs. McWorld by Barber. This course will in- volve a presentation and numer- ous writing assignments.

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History requires an awareness of the commonalities that bind us and a recognition of what defines us as individuals. By examining the oral and written records that articulate these themes, students learn not only what happened in the past, but also how history is con- structed. Art, literature, music, and other historical and cultural documents, are examined critically, and serve to inform class discus- sions, simulations, and projects. The goal of the Oakwood Friends School history program, in keeping with the school’s Quaker tradi- tion, is to engage students in an ongoing quest to live peacefully. The program encourages active citizenship and ethical intelligence in our students as they seek applications of their knowledge.

At Oakwood Friends School, teachers practice a consistent method- ology of teaching history grades 6 through 12. Original sources and primary texts are emphasized and used with decreased abridgement as students progress. Students are encouraged to actively analyze documents to develop skills in critical thinking and inquiry. The cur- riculum explores multiple perspectives and asks students to draw their own conclusions using primary and secondary sources. Chal- lenging texts are used at all levels, to teach close reading of sophisti- cated texts.

Requirement: four years including US History and the Interdiscipli- nary (ID) courses in the senior year.

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