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05 Social Studies

    The High School Social Studies program at SSIS fully embraces an ideal that provides a comprehensiverigorous education emphasizing analytical thinking, reading, and writing skills with an international perspective. The program starting in ninth grade leads to an advanced level college preparatory program for 11th and 12th grade students. The Social Studies program offers IB courses at the standard and higher level in History, Geography and Economics. Students also have the option of taking AP Psychology, AP World History, and AP US History. The philosophy of the Social Studies department mirrors the IB learner profile and SSIS’s core values (ESLRs). This philosophy encourages students to develop a set of ideals that can inspire a sense of wonder and “international-mindedness” that translates into a set of learned values and knowledge for the 21st century.

    Geography 9

    Grade: 9    Length:  1 year   Credit: 1.00  

    Prerequisite: None

    Homework: LIGHT

    Change in a variety of forms is happening all around us. Cultures are changing and mixing, and languages are disappearing. Economies are more closely tied to one another than ever, and multinational corporations are heavily influencing global trade. Meanwhile, hazards continue to threaten countries around the world and ecosystems increasingly need our protection. This course is particularly topical and relevant in our increasingly interconnected world. While covering the key content mentioned above, students will develop important skills such as interpreting maps, analyzing tables and graphs, ICT skills, researching, debating and producing written essays and reports. Successful students will be able to appreciate geographical issues from a range of perspectives.

    World Studies 10

    Grade: 10  Length:  1 year   Credit: 1.00  

    Prerequisite: Geography 9

    Homework: MODERATE

    World Studies 10 is a course that explores the origins, developments, and consequences of the major global historical events of the last century and a half. Following a chronological framework, these historical occurrences are examined through a wide variety of primary and secondary sources (including text, film, recorded sound, and artistic materials), using the tools of geography, economics, and psychology. This use of all the major Social Science disciplines trains students to view the past through lenses that will help them better understand the world of today. A culminating major project during the second half of the spring semester is a feature of the course that helps draw together the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course in a comprehensive way.

    AP World History

    Grade: 10, 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0          

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-world-history-course-overview.pdf

    Students in this course must learn to view history thematically. The AP World History course is organized around five overarching themes that serve as unifying threads throughout the course, helping students to relate what is particular about each time period or society to a “big picture” of history. The themes also provide a way to organize comparisons and analyze change and continuity over time. This is a rigorous and fast-paced course that requires substantial reading, writing, and discussion at a high analytical level. Students are required to take the AP examination upon completion of this course.

    AP US History

    Grade: 11, 12  Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0                 

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

    Homework: HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-united-states-history-course-overview.pdf

    Advanced Placement United States History is a chronological and thematic survey course in United States history covering the time period from colonial America (1492) to contemporary America (2000). The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history . The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses . Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

    AP Psychology

    Grade: 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link  Below
    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-psychology-course-overview.pdf

    This university-level course in Psychology will introduce 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. The content areas covered include the history of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensations and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotions, developmental psychology, personality, testing, abnormal psychology, treatments of disorders, and social psychology. This is a content-heavy, rigorous and fast-paced course that requires substantial reading, writing, and discussion at a high analytical level. Students are expected to utilize a wide variety of resources to understand course content and discover current research with a high degree of independence. Students are required to take the AP examination upon completion of this course.

    AP Micro Economics

    Grade: 11, 12  Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

    Homework:

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-microeconomics-course-overview.pdfThe AP course in microeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, consumers, producers, and the role of government, within the economic system.  It places primary emphasis 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.  This class is co-listed with IB Economics Year 1, as AP students will only take the first year of the IB course in preparation for the IB exam.

    IB Economics SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Economics SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/economics-sl-2016-english-final-web.pdf   

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the main concepts and topics in Economics. In the SL course the students will be introduced to the theories of microeconomics (economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets), and macroeconomics (economic variables affecting countries, governments and society). These economic theories are not studied in a vacuum. Rather, they are applied to real-world issues. Among the key economic concepts studied are: competitive markets, including supply and demand; elasticity; government Intervention in the marketplace and market failure, including externalities. In the macroeconomics section the concepts of national income, aggregate supply and demand and fiscal, monetary and supply-side policies will be covered.

    IB Economics HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11  Length: First of 2 years  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Economics HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/economics-hl-2016-english-final-web.pdf 

    The aims and general objectives of this course are similar to the SL course but go into greater detail and, in some cases, deal with concepts not touched on in the SL course.

    The most important of the topics studied in addition to the one listed in the SL course is the theory of the firm and market structures. This section of the course introduces the key business variables of cost, revenues and profit. This section is often referred to as “business economics” as it is the theoretical basis upon which key business decisions are made in the real world. At the end of the year some students may opt to take the AP Microeconomics examination with the approval of the teacher and the AP Coordinator.

    IB Economics SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Economics SL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Economics SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/economics-sl-2016-english-final-web.pdf   

    The third section of the IB economics course is titled ‘International Economics’. The starting point for this is to understand why international trade takes place and why it is so important. However, the contradiction of protectionism needs also to be understood both in its aims and its methods. Because trade does take place, the students need to understand the basic principle of the balance of payments accounts and the dynamics of exchange rates. Finally, the basic principles of economic integration are introduced.

    In the final section of the IB economics course, the students are introduced to Development Economics. The key topics covered include, the challenge of measuring development, the role of international trade and Foreign Direct Investment, the problem of international debt, and the role that foreign aid and multilateral development plays in the economic development of nations. All students are required to take the IB SL Economics Examination.

    IB Economics HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0              

    Prerequisite: IB Economics HL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Economics HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/economics-hl-2016-english-final-web.pdf    

    As in Year One, HL economics students study the entire core syllabus in the SL course. They do extended study of the core subjects in addition to some topics not touched in the core.  HL students also study the meaning and importance of the terms of trade and the significance of deterioration or improvement in the terms of trade. They also go into greater details in studying the structure of the balance of payments. This concept is further covered in the Development Economics section of the course and the HL students consider the effect of long term changes in the terms of trade on economically less developed countries. At the completion of the course all students are required to take the IB HL Economics Examination.

    IB Geography SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                     

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of World Studies 10.

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB Geography SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_geosl.pdf  

    The IB geography course is considerable in its breadth and covers both human and physical geography. This year a new syllabus begins for geography which has a much greater focus on solutions and possibilities. This means more than ever that IB Geography not only teaches students about the world but aims to inspire a personal commitment towards resolving many of these issues. There are core topics looking at trends in population, levels of development and environmental issues. In addition to these, standard level students will cover an optional unit this year. Throughout the course, we will consider a wide variety of case studies from local, national, regional and international scales. While covering key content, students will develop geographical skills such as analyzing maps and graphs, researching, processing and interpreting data and information, locating elements on the earth’s surface, and producing written materials including essays and reports. 

    IB Geography HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0         

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Geography HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_geohl.pdf

    The IB geography course is considerable in its breadth and covers both human and physical geography. This year a new syllabus begins for geography which has a much greater focus on solutions and possibilities. This means more than ever that IB Geography not only teaches students about the world but aims to inspire a personal commitment towards resolving many of these issues. There are core topics looking at trends in population, levels of development and environmental issues. In addition to these, higher level students will cover an optional unit this year and begin some of the higher level extension examining global interactions. Throughout the course, we will consider a wide variety of case studies from local, national, regional and international scales. While covering key content, students will develop geographical skills such as analyzing maps and graphs, researching, processing and interpreting data and information, locating elements on the earth’s surface, and producing written materials including essays and reports. 

    IB Geography SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisites: IB Geography SL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB Geography SL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_geosl.pdf  

    The last part of the core unit will be covered in this second year of IB Geography: patterns in resource consumption and patterns in environmental quality and sustainability. The second optional unit will be covered as well. The final draft of the IB Geography Internal Assessment will be completed first semester.  Throughout the course, we will consider a wide variety of case studies at  local, national, regional and international scales. While covering key content, students will develop geographical skills such as interpreting, analyzing tables and graphs, undertaking statistical calculations, researching, processing and interpreting data, locating elements on the earth’s surface, and producing written materials including essays and reports. IB Geography teaches students about the world and aims to inspire a personal commitment towards resolving many of these issues. At the completion of the course all students are required to take the IB SL Geography Examination.

    IB Geography HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: Second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB Geography HL, Year 1

    Homework: MODERATE

    For more IB Geography HL specifics:

    http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_geohl.pdf

    Students begin their second year with a strong underpinning of key concepts and all the skills that are required to be successful for the course. The year begins with undertaking fieldwork where students are responsible for collecting their own data. This is then used for their internal assessment (worth 20% of their final IB). Students also undertake the optional unit which accompanies their fieldwork. Additionally, higher level students will study one more optional unit and complete the extension material on global interactions. While covering key content, students will develop geographical skills such as interpreting, analyzing tables and graphs, undertaking statistical calculations, researching, processing and interpreting data, locating elements on the earth’s surface, and producing written materials including essays and reports. IB Geography teaches students about the world and aims to inspire a personal commitment towards resolving many of these issues. At the completion of the course all students are required to take the IB SL Geography Examination.

    IB History of Asia and Oceania SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11  Length: First of 2 Years  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB History SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/history-sl-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    The first year of the SL IB History course includes the following aims. First, the course acts to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. The course also encourages an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past. Furthermore, the course develops an understanding of the impact of historical developments at regional, national, and international levels. In the first semester, students study the move to global war in Japan, Italy, and Germany.. They develop the ability to evaluate historical sources, including speeches, documents, cartoons, photographs and films. In the second semester, students undertake a study of the origins and development of authoritarian and single party states using Hitler’s Germany and Castro’s Cuba. They develop essay writing skills, with an emphasis on the ability to develop and sustain an analysis of a historical issue or theme. The final unit of work examines the Cold War in Asia and Europe 1945-1991.

    IB History of Asia and Oceania HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11  Length: First of 2 Years  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB History HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/history-hl-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    The first year of the HL IB History course includes the following aims. First, the course acts to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. The course also encourages an understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past. Furthermore, the course develops an understanding of the impact of historical developments at regional, national, and international levels. In the first semester, students study the move to global war in Japan, Italy, and Germany. They develop the ability to evaluate historical sources, including speeches, documents, cartoons, photographs and films. In the second semester, students undertake a study of the origins and development of authoritarian and single party states using Hitler’s Germany and Castro’s Cuba. They develop essay writing skills, with an emphasis on the ability to develop and sustain an analysis of a historical issue or theme. The final unit of work examines the Cold War in Asia and Europe 1945-1991.

    IB History of Asia and Oceania SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12  Length: Second of 2 years  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: IB History SL/HL Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB History SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/history-sl-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    The second year of IB History SL completes the examination of the Cold War, and Mao’s China is also studied as another example of a single party state. The SL students use Semester One to research and write their IB Internal Assessment. Students each carry out a historical investigation of an issue in which they are able to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge. The students choose their own topic for investigation and they are encouraged to choose one that interests them personally.  Their chosen topic does not have to be related to the historical areas studied in the course. At the completion of the course, all students are required to take the IB SL History Examination.

    IB History of Asia and Oceania HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12  Length: Second of 2 years  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: IB History HL, Year 1 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For more IB History HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/history-hl-2016-english-final-web.pdf

    The second year of IB History HL explores in depth the history of East Asia over the course of the last century and a half. In addition, the HL students use part of Semester One to research and write their IB Internal Assessment. Students each carry out a historical investigation of an issue in which they are able to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge. The students choose their own topic for investigation and they are encouraged to choose one that interests them personally.  Their chosen topic does not have to be related to the historical areas studied in the course.  At the completion of the course, all students are required to take the IB HL History Examination.

    United States History

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12  Length: 1 year  Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: teacher/counselor recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    This course will be a survey of United States History using the textbook as our guide. Supplementary resources will include primary and secondary sources. Students will study history of the United States proceeding chronologically through the period of colonization to the Cold War and beyond. Emphasis will be given to the main themes and critical issues in the development of the American nation, including founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, westward expansion and the diversity of the nation.  Students are encouraged to take this class if they are United States citizens considering applying to the Cal State and University of California systems, and various schools which require 1 year of United States history or government.  See your counselor to determine if the universities you are considering have this requirement.

     

     

     

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