SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS
PSYCHOLOGY (SS9149) 0.5 credit
This course involves a survey of selected themes in psychology. It is an academic course with a variety of assessments as well as homework. The class will familiarize students with general psychological terms and ideas in preparation for college or work force expectations. The following topics will be covered: introduction to psychology, altered states of consciousness, infancy and adulthood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, stress and health, abnormal behavior, and therapy and change.
SOCIOLOGY (SS9139) 0.5 credit
This course will familiarize students with general sociological terms and ideas in preparation for college or work force expectations. The primary objective of this course is to study the process of human interaction and the social dynamics present in this behavior. The following topics will be covered: introduction to sociology, the socialization process, sex and gender, crime, the American family, gerontology, and sociology-present and future. This course involves an in-depth investigation of a variety of subfields of sociology. This investigation will be undertaken in one or more of several types of project-based activities chosen jointly by the instructor and student. The course will also include in-depth seminar discussions of sociology topics.
SKEPTICISM and LOGIC (SS9129) Offered at Liberty High School 1.0 credit
Skepticism and Logic is a course designed to develop a student’s critical thinking and analytical skills by challenging some of our widely held conventional, non-conventional and even supernatural beliefs. Students will read scientific journals by Stephen Jay Gould, James Randi, Carl Sagan, and Michael Shermer. Students will learn how to process information in today’s media-rich environment, applying cognitive analysis with a focus on interesting topics such as ghosts, urban legends, folklore, rumors and myths, as well as conspiracy theories and the psychology of how things are presented to the public. The course is designed to help guide students in how to critique their own beliefs, understand how perception can be misleading, and above all, learn how to use the scientific and other empirical methods.
MEDIA AS A POLITICAL TOOL (SS9049) 1.0 credit
Media as a Political Tool introduces students to themes, issues and debates found within our current media. Students will develop an understanding of historical media as well as modern forms of communication. It examines the factors that influence the media and, in turn, examines the influence of media on attitudes, values and behaviors, both individual and social. Students will explore debates about the role and power of media in society in influencing our social and cultural values and political beliefs.
INTRODUCTION TO LAW (SS9169)0.5 credit
Introduction to Law explores multiple legal disciplines including attorneys, clerks, paralegals, bailiffs, probation officers, etc. Students will learn about the skills and tasks most required of multiple legal professions (debates, group tasks, research, and role-play exercises), in order to assess whether they themselves would be suited to such careers in the future. The Introduction to Law course will incorporate the school’s Mock Trial team.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRIME AND POLICE SCIENCE (SS9189) 0.5 credit
This course is designed to be a second course in the Law Pathway in the BASD. This class will explore what constitutes crime and criminal behavior in our society and the measures taken, by law enforcement, to prevent these behaviors. Students will study Criminology: Types of crimes, Theories of criminal behavior, Victimization (Lifestyle Theory), Principles of Criminal law, Basic elements of a crime, Responsibilities of criminal acts (defenses) and Procedural Criminal law (Due Process rights). Students will also study American Law Enforcement with a brief history of policing, emphasizing the 4 eras of American Policing and Federalism.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM (SS9199) 0.5 credit
American Legal System will open with an overview of the American Judicial System. It will emphasize the Sources of law, Concept of Federalism, the Constitution, the Organization of the American Court system and the Supreme Court and the many landmark decisions that impact our society.
LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE (SS9209) 1.0 credit
This course is designed to be the third course in the Law Pathway in the BASD. This class will explore the interaction of law and law enforcement with social policy, media, identity, and social mobilization. Students will explore criminal justice institutions and practices in social context. Students will answer, “How should culture influence law and law enforcement and vice versa?” Topics covered in this course include: Youth, Justice, and Culture; Punishment, Culture, and Society; Human Rights and Technology; Psychology, Psychology of Diversity, & the Law
CAPSTONE: COMMUNITY ACTIVISM (SS9219) 1.0 credit Coming in 2020-2021
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS
PUBLIC SPEAKING (EN9049) 0.5 credit
Public Speaking helps students prepare for various speaking situations. Students are guided toward the creative development of speaking forms: process, persuasive, and informational. Additional skills emphasized include planning, preparing, and presenting a speech, the incorporation of technology, and critical evaluation.
EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR 21ST CENTURY CAREERS (EN9149) 0.5 credit
This course will provide students with the necessary skills and supports for career-based public speaking and presentations, including methods of gathering and presenting information for a variety of audiences. Special emphasis will be placed on providing supports for students conducting field studies and capstone projects in all subject areas and career pathways.
BUSINESS DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS
BUSINESS LAW (BU9119) 1.0 credit
Students will explore the history, career component and real-life application of business law. Areas of legal focus are civil, criminal, contract, landlord-tenant, employment, and consumer law. Through classroom discussion and the study of legal cases, students will strive to develop their own critical thinking process and make informed decisions as consumers and productive citizens. This course may utilize field trips and guest speakers as a means of exploring legal careers as it pertains to business. Students will exit the course having a better understanding of how business law pertains to everyday life, running their own business and make informed consumer decisions.