NOTE REGARDING COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES: High school students taking college coursework under a concurrent enrollment agreement will be required to meet two criteria to stay in good academic standing with the college(s). 1) Must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and 2) must satisfactorily complete 67% of credits attempted. Failure to meet either of these two criteria may impact student enrollment and/or financial aid status when enrolling at a college after high school.

 

Government

Economics

World History

Introduction to Psychology

Humanities

Sociology

U.S. History

Developmental Psychology

Western Civilizations 112
(Ancient to Early Modern)
Western Civilizations 113
(Early Modern to Present)
World Geography
 Index

SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: U.S. HISTORY is strongly recommended.
Content Description:
This is a required course for graduation. Students will examine the foundations of the American form of government including analysis of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the working of the Executive, Legislative, and Executive branches of government, political parties, lobbying, Iowa state government, and the various forms of local governments that affect the students.
Objectives: 1.) To understand the principle of the American government including the rights and responsibilities of the citizens. 2.) To analyze the workings of the three branches of the federal government and the political processes within each. 3.) To describe the similar and different aspects of state and local governments. 4.) To become a participating member of the American system with a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities associated with this membership.

 

SUBJECT: ECONOMICS 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11,12
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
This course combines the concepts of economic theory and practical economics. Students will learn the basics of economic theory, and use these theories in a case study approach.

Objectives: 1.) To understand the basic concepts and principles of economics. 2.) To use these studies to analyze economic issues facing the students' lives. 3.) To identify the various social issues facing the student and society. 4.) To successfully analyze and rationally discuss the issue, its causes and consequences, and potential solutions to these issues.

 

SUBJECT: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 
CREDIT: One Credit + (3 sem hr ICCC: Course Number PSY-111)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11,12 (Must be identified TAG student to take as 9th/10th grade student.) Must score at 41% or above in Reading, Math, AND Science on ITED's to enroll.
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
This course is designed to expose the world of Psychology to students from a practical, tangible standpoint. Students will develop an understanding of some basic psychological theories and apply it to real-life situations. The course will include these subfields: Cognitive Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Community Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and Adult-Elderly Psychology.
Objectives: 1.) To develop an understanding of psychology theory. 2.) To develop an understanding of the importance of psychology in the work place. 3.) To learn about early childhood psychological development. 4.) To learn about adolescent psychological development. 5.) To learn about adult/elderly psychological development.

 

SUBJECT: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 
CREDIT: One Credit (3 ICCC Credits)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11,12 (Must be identified TAG student to take as 9th/10th grade student.) Must score at 41% or above in Reading, Math, AND Science on ITED's to enroll.
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Psychology
Content Description:
This course traces the fundamental patterns of normal health development from conception to death. Each developmental period is examined in light of the characteristics of the period and the demands of the American culture. Recent research in the studies relating to different ages is reviewed..

 

SUBJECT: HUMANITIES
CREDIT: One/Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: One or Two Semesters 
GRADE LEVEL: 9, 10, 11, 12 
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
Humanities is a course that integrates the study of art, music, literature, social science, and economics, focused around a central theme that changes from year-to-year. Students completing a full year of Humanities can receive credit for 1 semester of social studies towards their Southern Cal graduation requirements. They may receive Social Studies credit for each of the first 2 years of taking Humanities, but not for a 3rd or 4th year.
Objectives: 1.)To do research as assigned during the first semester. 2.) To integrate information from one area and apply the knowledge to another. 3.) To develop a prepared speech as well as participating in impromptu speaking and interviewing techniques. 4.) To participate in competitive and noncompetitive activities involving the class curriculum (optional).

 

SUBJECT: SOCIOLOGY 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11,12
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
Sociology is an elective social studies course for juniors and seniors. The class will discuss sociology as the scientific study of human relationships. Within this framework topics covered include: sociology as a science, social problems; culture; and it impact on individuals; non-structured behavior, deviation and crime; family, marriage, and careers; impact of America institutions on one's life.

 

SUBJECT: U. S. HISTORY  (21st Century)
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
In U.S. History emphasis is on the growth/development of America, 1850-present day. Special unit study: "Today's America" - spans the Ford through Clinton administrations, domestic and international scene.
Objectives: 1.) To gain knowledge, insights and respect for the ideals of Americanism. 2.) To analyze events in American history that have helped form America as it exists today. 3.) To discuss the viewpoints of Americans both for and against political decisions. 4.) To incorporate the impact of all Americans, American institutions, the arts and literature that are a reflection of/reaction to America and to what America is and who Americans are.

 

SUBJECT: WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS 112 (Ancient to Early Modern)
CREDIT: One Credit (4 sem hr ICCC: Course Number HIS-112)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: Must score at 41% or above in Reading, Math, AND Science on ITED's to enroll.
These classes cannot be taken as independent study.
Content Description:
This is a dual credit course with ICCC that gives the student four college hours of credit. Because the course is a college credit class, higher expectations are made of the student that another social studies course may. Students are expected to do extensive reading and writing.This course is a comprehensive study of the major political, social, economic, cultural and philosophical movements in Western Civilization from Stone Age to the Age of Enlightenment.
Objectives:1) To demonstrate an understanding of the impact of geography as a force in shaping the development of history. 2.) To demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect as factors in the shaping and development of history. 3.) To demonstrate an understanding of the differences between historical facts, evidence and interpretation. 4.) To demonstrate an understanding of interrelationship between various societies (cultural patterns) and historical periods. 5.) To demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between various historical periods and the shaping of contemporary cultural patterns. 6.) To demonstrate an understanding of ethnocentrism as a force in the shaping and development of history.

 

SUBJECT: WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS 113 (Early Modern to Present)
CREDIT: One Credit (4 sem hr ICCC: Course Number HIS-113)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: Must score at 41% or above in Reading, Math, AND Science on ITED's to enroll.
These classes cannot be taken as independent study.
Content Description:
This is a dual credit course with ICCC that gives the student four college hours of credit. Because the course is a college credit class, higher expectations are made of the student that another social studies course may. Students are expected to do extensive reading and writing. History 113 covers the political, social economic, cultural and philosophical movements in the Western World from the classical periods to the Enlightenment.History 113 covers the political, social, economic, cultural and philosophical movements in the Western World from the Enlightenment to the current period.
Objectives: 1) To demonstrate an understanding of the impact of geography as a force in shaping the development of history. 2.) To demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect as factors in the shaping and development of history. 3.) To demonstrate an understanding of the differences between historical facts, evidence and interpretation. 4.) To demonstrate an understanding of interrelationship between various societies (cultural patterns) and historical periods. 5.) To demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between various historical periods and the shaping of contemporary cultural patterns. 6.) To demonstrate an understanding of ethnocentrism as a force in the shaping and development of history.

 

SUBJECT: WORLD GEOGRAPHY 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 9
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description: Geography is an investigation of political, social and economic factors as they relate to geographical influences on our world today.
Objectives: 1.) To acquire basic geographic skills, techniques, concepts and understandings. 2.) To appreciate of interrelationships within the geographic worlds of society, economics, politics, ecology and environments. 3.) To appreciate environmental/ecological balances and opinions of various groups and organizations.

 

SUBJECT: WORLD HISTORY 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 10,11,12
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
This is a full year course surveying the history of the world from the formation of the planet to current events. In addition to developing a sense of the past, students will also develop higher levels of thinking skills, practice study skills, research and writing skills, map and geographic skills, as well as participation and debate skills.
Objectives: 1.) To gain a sense of the development of man through the course of history. 2.) To identify the causes and consequences of various actions and to draw inferences from these conclusions to guide the student's future opinions and actions. 3.) To become more proficient in a variety of thinking and study skills.

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