Social Studies

Social Studies Department

Ann Tucci, Department Head
tuccia@danbury.k12.ct.us
(203) 797-4732

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A.P. U.S. HISTORY (11-12)


The A.P. program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States 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 will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students are required to take the A.P. test. NOTE: This course meets the U.S. History requirement.


A.P. MACRO ECONOMICS (11-12)

This course is designed to support the development of student understanding of the principles of economics that apply to a nation’s economic system as a whole. Students in this course will investigate key economic concepts such as Gross Domestic Product, the banking system and creation of money, inflation, unemployment, international trade, the international value of the dollar, the Federal Reserve, and basic supply and demand. Students will also learn how to generate, interpret, label, and analyze graphs, charts, and data to describe and explain economic concepts. Students are required to take the A.P. test.

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY (COLLEGE PREP) 11
This course covers major events and turning points starting with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and The Great Depression. The curriculum spirals up to and includes present-day issues and challenges facing America today. Students will work with complex research and historical writing skills through a variety of critical thinking activities and projects.

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY (HONORS) 11

Students in this course will be challenged with a more detailed account of history through extensive and more complex text, primary and secondary source documentation, and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete additional assignments focused on critical analysis and evaluation of time periods and events in both historical and contemporary context. The pacing of this course is rigorous and students must prepare for classes independently.


MULTI-CULTURAL ISSUES (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course centers on the myriad of contemporary issues that impact our diversified society. The course is structured for students to communicate thoughtfully and articulately via small/large group discussions, interviews, surveys, reflection, introspection, and essay. This class will explore the relationships between the many ethnic, racial, and religious groups that make up the Danbury community. It will focus on developing solutions to the problems which accompany a multi-cultural society. Students will examine attitudes toward diversity and develop better cross-cultural communication skills.

 

SOCIOLOGY (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

Sociology is the scientific study of the patterns of human group life, how and why groups form and relate to each other, how they change, and the ways in which they affect their members. This course will study the development of man as a social person. Topics will include the organization of social life, social institutions, demographic trends, and selected social problems, which confront the modern world. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to learn about group process and reflect on individual progress by participating in a variety of small group situations.



INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, such as thinking, dreaming, and remembering. The course provides a general survey of the major subfields of psychology, including the biological bases of behavior, personality theories, memory, intelligence, motivation, learning theories, behavior disorders and their treatment, and developmental themes. In addition to the lecture format, teaching strategies will include the use of videotapes, demonstrations, role-playing, debates, discussions, journal writing, and other active learning exercises. Evaluations include the completion of a research experiment at the conclusion of the course. The study of psychology will give students a better understanding of themselves, why people act as they do, and perhaps more effective ways to handle, or help handle, the stresses of daily life.



A.P. PSYCHOLOGY (11-12)


The purpose of Advanced Placement Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the field, its methods, theory, and research. This course will provide an experience equivalent to that obtained in an undergraduate introductory psychology course that most colleges require for taking upper-level courses in psychology. Students are required to take the A.P. test.



MILITARY HISTORY (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course will be an introductory course into human conflict, exploring the theory, practice, and evolution of military history. Special emphasis will be given to modern U.S. warfare (WWI – present), the evolution of the nature of war, its impact on society, as well as to the origins of conflicts from breakdowns in diplomacy to the moral and ethical issues of conflict.


ASIAN STUDIES (FOCUS ON CHINA) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-11

This course is a study of the countries of the Pacific Rim and focuses on the uniqueness of China and its neighbors, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Korean Peninsula. Exploring the geography of the region along with the history, culture, philosophy, politics, economics, and social systems will aid students in understanding the connections and influence of these countries in modern world affairs.

CIVICS (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course deals with the concept of government, the basic elements of the U.S. Constitution, the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited government, and the evolution and many roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students will examine the civic responsibilities that are important to preserving and improving our American constitutional democracy.



CIVICS (HONORS) 10-12

Students in this course will be challenged with a more detailed account of the Civics curriculum through extensive and more complex text, primary and secondary source documentation, and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete additional assignments focused on critical analysis and evaluation of time periods and events in both historical and contemporary context. The pacing of this course is rigorous and demands students prepare for classes independently.


WORLD STUDIES (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

World Studies is designed to introduce students to major belief systems, the eras of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and the Enlightenment. Organized in a chronological fashion, the course of study enables students to understand world, political, economic, religious, and social ideas, as well as values and attitudes to provide a full appreciation of their cultural heritage and diversity. Academic skills such as critical thinking, writing, and primary and secondary source analysis are developed.


WORLD STUDIES (HONORS) 9

Students in this course will be challenged with a more detailed account of history through extensive and more complex text, primary and secondary source documentation, and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete additional assignments focused on critical analysis and evaluation of time periods and events in both historical and contemporary context. The pacing of this course is rigorous and students must prepare for classes independently.

 

PHILOSOPHY (HONORS) 10-12

This course of study will introduce students to the love of wisdom. The class will grapple with timeless ideas and new ways of perceiving and thinking. A search for the truth and meaning of human existence will be conducted through class discussion and debate. Inquiries and propositions will be made into an examination of “the good life” as students hone their reasoning, questioning, and problem solving strategies. The masters of classical and contemporary philosophy will be investigated along with the meaning and role of ethics, logic, epistemology, aesthetics, and metaphysics in society.

A.P. HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (10-12)

The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students are required to take the A.P. test.

A.P. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS (10-12)

This course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
NOTE: This course meets the Civics requirement

A.P. WORLD HISTORY (10)

Students in this course will develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
Note: This course meets the Modern World Studies requirement


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course will focus on the current events and issues that affect the United States and its interactions with other countries in the world. It will trace the historical development of relevant issues from the late 20th and 21st centuries and examine their possible impact on the future. Areas of focus will include world leaders and events, the environment, economy, health issues, politics, legal issues, technology, and religion.

 

MODERN WORLD STUDIES (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

In this course, students will study significant events of global 20th- and 21st-century history. A regional evaluation of events of the past will help students to understand the conflicts and crises of today’s global civilization. Themes of power, nationalism, war, peace and global interdependence provide a powerful lens to view the world we live in. During the course of the year, students will improve analytical and research skills, reading comprehension, note taking and writing proficiency. Current events will be reviewed weekly and students will complete a significant research project.

 

MODERN WORLD STUDIES (HONORS) 10

In this course, students will study significant events of global 20th- and 21st-century history. A regional evaluation of events of the past will help students to understand the conflicts and crises of today’s global civilization. Themes of power, nationalism, war, peace and global interdependence provide a powerful lens to view the world we live in. Current events will be reviewed weekly and students will complete a significant research project. Students pursuing the Honors track will be challenged with a more detailed account of history through extensive and more complex text, primary and secondary source documentation, and literature. The pacing of this course is rigorous and students must prepare for classes independently, with little support in core skill areas. Students will participate in a yearlong portfolio project that will focus on current events and geographic studies of world regions. Research projects related to contemporary issues, culture, as well as significant individuals and events, will compliment each unit.

 

A.P. EUROPEAN HISTORY (10-12)

The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the course are to develop: an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European History, an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and an ability to express historical understanding in writing. Students are required to take the A.P. test.

 

A.P. ART HISTORY (9-12)

Students will evaluate the connection between historical context and artistic expression. Artists create as a reaction to events, social climate, and political movements. As we gain a greater understanding of this relationship, we will also gain a greater understanding of our own past, present, and future. Students will attain a better insight into the cultural connections that define our world. A.P. Art History is designed as an equivalent to an introductory college level survey course. This course encourages students to utilize evaluative skills and formulate hypotheses. Primary sources as well as historical documents are investigated, thereby promoting the development of strong analytical skills. Writing skills are necessarily sharpened as an integral part of the curriculum. Students are required to take the AP test.