Social Studies Department

Social Studies Recommended Course Sequence for classes 2020 and 2021

*indicates Liberty only courses
Grade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Honors US History 2
Advanced US History 2
US History 2
AP US History
Honors US History 3
Adv. US History 3
US History 3
AP World History
AP Comparative Government
Honors Global Studies
Global Studies
AP US Government
AP Macroeconomics
Honors American Government & Economics
American Government & Economics

Social Studies Recommended Course Sequence for the class of 2022 and 2023

*It is highly recommended to take AP US History immediately after Honors US History
English 9English 10English 11English 12
Honors US History
Adv. US History
US History
AP US History*
AP World History
AP Comparative Government
Honors Global Studies
Global Studies
AP US Government
AP Macroeconomics
Honors American Government & Economics
American Government & Economics
Other Social Studies Electives

HONORS UNITED STATES HISTORY 2 (SS1000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: See Honors Program Recommendations

Honors US History 2 includes a study of U. S. History from the Colonial Period to the end of the 19th Century.  Students will be required to do extensive reading in both texts and supplementary sources.  Research and analytical writing assignments as well as individual and group projects will be included. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. This course is strongly recommended for those students who may consider Advanced Placement courses.

ADVANCED UNITED STATES HISTORY 2 (SS1001) Liberty only 1.0 credit

Advanced US History 2 includes a study of U. S. History from the Colonial Period to the end of the 19th Century. Students will be required to read both the text and supplemental sources. Research and analytical writing skills and assignments will be developed in this course. This course is recommended for students looking to sharpen their study skills in order to meet the challenge of AP level work but who are not considering the AP path at this time.

UNITED STATES HISTORY 2 (SS1002) 1.0 credit

US History 2 includes the study of United States History from the Constitutional Period to the end of the 19th Century.  Development of reading, writing, and geographical analytical skills will be emphasized. Current events will be integrated throughout the course.

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY (SS5000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Recommendations                 

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a college course that includes a study of U.S. History from 1898 to the present.  Students will be required to do extensive reading in both texts and supplementary sources. Research and analytical writing assignments as well as individual and group projects will be included. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

AP WORLD HISTORY (SS5010) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Recommendations

AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a college course that develops a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (SS5020) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Recommendations

AP Comparative Government and Politics is designed to be the equivalent of a college course that introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings.  The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes. Six countries form the core of the AP Comparative Government and Politics course. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

HONORS GLOBAL STUDIES (SS3000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: See Honors Program Recommendations

Honors Global Studies examines how continuity and change has impacted the world today.  The course will specifically focus on how the interactions of history, politics, economics, belief systems, and geography have helped to shape the world’s history.  Students will also examine the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development of our world’s history. Notes:  The grade for this course is weighted.  This course is strongly recommended for those students who may consider Advanced Placement courses.

GLOBAL STUDIES (SS3002) 1.0 credit

Global Studies examines how continuity and change has impacted the world today. The course will specifically focus on how the interactions of history, politics, economics, belief systems, and geography have helped to shape the world’s history. Students will also examine the role groups and individuals played in the social political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history.

AP MACROECONOMICS (SS5040) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: See Honors Program Recommendations

AP Macroeconomics is designed to be the equivalent of a college course that gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. Note: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS (SS5030) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: See Honors Program Recommendations

AP United States Government and Politics is designed to be the equivalent of a college course that gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course involves extensive reading, independent study, document analysis, research, essay writing, and classroom discussion. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP College Board exam in May.

HONORS US GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS (SS4000) 1.0 credit

Prerequisites: See Honors Program Recommendations

Honors US Government & Economics is a comprehensive and government education program dedicated to developing economically and politically literate students. Emphasis is placed upon the application of knowledge to various themes; e.g. Law and Order, Economic Stability, etc., which will be developed throughout the course. The course involves extensive readings, essay writing, analysis of problems and classroom discussion. Note: The grade for this course is weighted.

US GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS (SS4001) 1.0 credit

US Government & Economics is a survey course examining the organization and operation of the U.S. government and economic systems. National, state, and local governments as well as macroeconomic and microeconomic issues will be studied. Current events and contemporary themes are emphasized. Requirements include reading, writing, research and analysis of contemporary political and economic issues.

SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES

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 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 (coming 2019-2020)

AP PSYCHOLOGY (SS5050) 1.0 credit

AP Psychology introduces the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.  Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

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.

THE ENVIRONMENT IN POLITICS (SS9039) 1.0 credit

The Environment in Politics examines environmental problems from a policy perspective. The course will focus on both domestic and global policy issues with an emphasis on US and local policy. Students are introduced to the political, organizational, scientific, and economic drivers that shape past and current environmental policy debates. Students will examine social approaches to resolving environmental problems, including ideas such as sustainability, market-based environmental policies, legal reform and social movements.

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. 

SPORTS HISTORY (SS9119) 0.5 credit

Sports History offers students a history of sports from the pre-Olympic time period into modern times. This course will enable the students to examine how sports reflect the culture, politics, social relationships, and entertainment of respective eras in history. This course will allow students to examine how sports evolved from the early games in ancient Greek and Roman life to the multi-billion dollar industry it has become in the 21st century. The course is designed to offer instruction and knowledge in sports media, law, and ethics for a multitude of sports-related careers where professionals working in the sports industry have a grasp on applicable laws and ethical considerations.

WARS AND REVOLUTIONS (SS9159) 1.0 credit

Wars and Revolutions explores and examines how conflicts have impacted and shaped human society and culture. Students to explore the history of the most pivotal wars and revolutions and to trace both origins and results.

HISTORY THROUGH FILM 1 (SS9099)  Offered at Freedom High School 1.0 credit

History through Film examines people and events of American history, depicted in Hollywood films, television, and historical dramas. Students in this course will view movies/films/series on various historical topics, events, and people; evaluate and critique the accuracy, intention, and effects on society; research the history upon which these films were based and write essays summarizing the actual historical events, citing what is fact and what is fiction, and comparing the film evidence to information in more traditional sources, such as articles, reviews, and documentaries; compare and contrast two or more movies depicting similar events in history.