Economics This semester long course will address fundamental economic concepts such as supply and demand, scarcity of resources, and the role of the government in the economy. We will explore the tensions between the competing goals of economic freedom and economic equity through the lens of various global economic systems and by examining issues such as environmentalism and globalization.
Prerequisites: World Studies and US History or AP US History ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Global Issues In this course students will survey World History from 1875 to the present. The political, economic and social changes which occurred in various world regions will be analyzed in a historical context. Listed below is the topic outline for the course:
World War & Depression
Africa, Asia & Latin America‐ pre‐WW II
Africa, Asia & Latin America‐ post‐WW II
The World Today
Case Study approach‐ in each region that is covered (Africa, Asia and Latin America) several countries will be surveyed. The issues and events that are highlighted in these case studies are representative of problems facing the entire region. Some of the countries surveyed will be: Africa‐ Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa
Asia‐ India, China and Turkey Latin America‐ Mexico, Argentina and Brazil
Prerequisites: World Studies and US History or AP US History ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Law in American Society/Legal Systems I, II and III Students identify, analyze, and explain the structures and functions of the American legal system in order to become responsible citizens. Students investigate the judicial system under the United States Constitution, using historical perspectives of Supreme Court decisions, responses to those decisions, and concrete illustrations of recent expansion of constitutional rights. Students evaluate their ever‐increasing freedoms and responsibilities under the American system of Law. Students will also identify principles of criminal and civil law, using case law, Illinois Code, and criminal and civil procedure. .5 credit
Prerequisites: World Studies and US History or AP US History; each successive
year requires successful completion of the previous year ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Psychology In this one semester course, students will analyze the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Topics will include the following: history of psychology as a science, prominent psychologists and their theories, motivation and emotion, memory, states of consciousness, research methods, learning principles and applications, human development from infancy through old age, theories of personality development, and psychological disorders. Students perform interpretive readings, real‐life case studies, data analysis, small group activities, and research projects. 1 credit
Prerequisites: World Studies and US History or AP US History ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sociology Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the feral child, to the intimate family, and the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. .5 credit
Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: how people become who they become, how families differ and flourish, how patterns of behavior are set, and the differences in behavior when individuals get caught up in the madding crowd; social inequality, poverty, street crime, prisons, delinquency, and resilience; teenagers' interactions with their parents; the social functions of schools and shopping malls, and the effects of regular Internet use on our minds and friendships; public policy issues such as education, prison or agri‐business (food) reform; and even problems of religious violence.
Prerequisites: World Studies and US History or AP US History