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Social Studies

The San Lorenzo High Social Studies Department is committed to teaching your child to think critically, generate reasoned arguments supported by evidence, nurture a sense of curiosity and develop as a socially conscious and civic-minded individual.

Feel free to contact us using the directory below:

Bauman, Olivia (510) 317-3000 ex.3144 Teacher
Carter, Bowe Teacher
Hake, Benjamin Teacher
Murphy, Sean Teacher
Smith, Judy Teacher
Wickner, Dana Teacher

Social Studies Courses

Students enter the social science pathway during the 10th grade and are required to pass 30 credits for high school graduation.  Credits must be completed in Modern World History, United States History, and Government (5 credits) and Economics (5 credits) to earn a high school diploma.

 

Modern World History                                   Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10

Students study major turning points that have shaped the modern world, from the late 18th Century through the present, including the two world wars. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards. Prerequisite: None. UC/CSU (a)

 

United States History                                     Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11

Students focus on the major turning points in American history. They primarily study the events, movements, and people who have made an impact on the United States in the 20th Century. In addition, they review important aspects of US history before the 1900’s. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards.. Prerequisite: None.  UC/CSU (a)

 

AP United States History                               Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11

This rigorous survey course takes an in-depth look at the  events, institutions, and ideas that shaped America from pre-colonial times to the present. Students prepare to take the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History, which may earn college credit. Students receive an extra grade point for college for one term if they complete the entire course. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards. Prerequisite: “A–“ or better in World History, B or better in current English class and/or teacher or counselor recommendation.  UC/CSU (a)

 

Government                                              Semester, 5 Credits

Grade 12

This course covers the operation of American government and political systems with an emphasis on political behavior and responsibility. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards. Prerequisite: None. UC/CSU (a)

 

 

AP Government and Politics                  Semester, 5 Credits

Grade 12

The events, court decisions, and individuals that shaped the United States government are studied in depth in this college level course. Students prepare to take the Advanced Placement exam in American Government, which may earn college credit. Students receive an extra grade point for the semester if they complete the entire course. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards. Prerequisite:  “A–“ or better in US History, B or better in current English class and/or teacher or counselor recommendation.  UC/CSU (a)

 

Economics                                                  Semester, 5 Credits

Grade 12

This course will expose the students to major economic concepts and issues with emphasis on America’s approach, the Market System. In addition, the course will consider the tools used by economists to analyze and measure economic performance. Finally, the course will ask students to apply economic principles to “real world” concerns: global interdependence, inflation, unemployment, and poverty. This course leads to the mastery of the California State Common Core Standards. Prerequisite: None. UC/CSU (g)

 

AP Human Geography                                    Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12

AP Human Geography is a year-long course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study include population, migrations, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture, and urban geography. Case studies from around the globe are compared to the situations in both the United States and California. Prerequisite: “C” or better in current English class and/or teacher recommendation. UC/CSU (g)