Social Science Department
The introductory social science course of World Studies allows secondary students to better comprehend the people, ideas, and forces that have shaped world history and analyze the elements of culture that influence the global society in which they live. Looking back on the achievements, shortcomings, significant events, and conflicts in various cultures, students will develop a greater appreciation for not only the common elements of a culture, but also for the unique contribution that various cultures have had in shaping the world.
An understanding of history empowers individuals to claim their rights, balance their own interests with those of the community, and participate effectively within their system of government in addition to deepening an understanding of the human experience.
Global Classrooms/Model UN
This course is comprised of two sections.
Section one is Peacekeeping and the introduction to the goals and objective of the United Nations. A major focus of the is section is the General Assembly and the Security Council, two bodies of the U.N. whose main objective is international peace and security. The Peacekeeping unit is designed to teach such skills as speech making, role playing, negotiating, caucusing and resolution writing. These skills will be utilized at the completion of the course when students act as delegates to assigned countries at the Model UN Conference.
Section Two is Sustainable Development and the introduction of Non-governmental agencies that assist the United Nations in meeting economic, social and humanitarian needs. A major focus of this section is the Economic and Social Council who main objective is ensuring that the world and all its' resources will be able to meet the needs of future generations. The Sustainable Development Unit is designed to teach such skills as DBQ, questioning skills, consensus building, decision writing and CSD rules of procedure. These skills will also be utilized at the completion of the course when students act as delegates to assigned countries at the Model UN Conference.
Model UN Conference: A mandatory one day conference in which students act as delegates (representatives) of a country. Their goal is to resolve a global issue that has been assigned to a committee of the United Nations. Students are responsible for researching the global issue and the country and delivering these findings at the conferences via speeches, caucusing, negotiating and position papers.
Post- Secondary Action/ Senior Seminar
This course addresses two main objectives. The student will identify their career interests and explore their career options, which will enable then to devise a plan of action to reach those career goals. A major component of career exploration is to identify post- secondary institutions with curriculum designed to meet the needs of students in their career of choice. Secondly, students will use the Socratic Seminar format to engage students in analytic thought and evidence based defense of positions.
Students are expected to read assigned readings prior to class and engage in dialogue using Socratic Seminar.
Students will explore the following topics during semester one; Understanding the Analytic Thought Process, Career Options after High School, Finding the Right College, Establishing Career Goals, Adaptive and Transferable Skills, Decision Making and Fluency in Writing ( Resume, Cover Letter, Scholarship Essays).
Assessments for this course will include weekly and 5 week exams. Several projects including a Personal Statement and Resume are required for the course. Additionally, all students are required to participate in the Socratic Circles as this class is performance based