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College Now Psychology
An elective course capable of earning 3 college credits for high school students in grades 10-12. One-half unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: none. This course will meet every day for 20 weeks or every other day for the entire year. Recommended grade level: grades 10-12. A local final exam will be given. This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists used in their science and practice.

College Now Sociology
An elective course capable of earning 3 college credits for high school students in grades 10-12. One-half unit of high school credit will be granted. Prerequisite: Ideally, Global Studies 9 & 10. This course will meet every other day for the entire year, or every day for 20 weeks. Recommended grade level: grades 10-12. A local final exam will be given. This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts and methods of sociology. The concepts include culture, socialization, deviance, and social stratification. These concepts are used to analyze major aspects of society including racial and ethnic relations, the family, politics and the state, education, population and social changes, and social movements.

Hannibal to Hitler

Elective for students in grades 11 and 12. Hannibal to Hitler is a chronological profile of infamous and interesting figures throughout history starting with Hannibal and ending with Hitler. Many of the individuals will be chosen by the class themselves. The course will include documentaries, researching primary and secondary sources, movies, and biographies. Assessments will include projects, papers, tests and quizzes. This course will meet every other day for the entire year, or every day for 20 weeks.

Twentieth Century U.S. History

An elective course for grades 11 and 12. This course will meet every day for 20 weeks or every other day for full year. Recommended grade level: grades 9-12. This course will provide an overview of the social and cultural development of The United States over the course of the years 1900 to 1999. It will have a focus on the factors that have influenced the development of the American identity from an overview of historical media (music, television, and film).

Current Events Sr. Elective

Course Description: The goal of a current events course is for the student to become aware of the major issues of the day and to have an in depth understanding and appreciation of current events. The focus of the class will be issues that affect the student as a resident of the World, the U.S., New York State, and Richfield Springs. The class will follow daily news events and will be expected to understand the social, political and economic issues on a daily basis. Each week, the class will focus on the historical development of a current issue. (Ex. The topic may start as news of the Middle East but will then trace the conflict between Israel and her neighbors.) The objectives of this course are: to make the connection between current events and history, to enhance the student’s understanding of world events, to encourage students to be informed citizens, and to help them to make intelligent decisions as they take their place in the panorama of history.

Social Studies 7
A required course for all students in grade 7. No units of credit granted. Students must pass this course to move to the next level of Social Studies. No prerequisite. The course will meet every day for 40 weeks. A local final exam will be given. The course is the first year of a two year course of study. Topics covered include geography, exploration of American, colonization, The French & Indian War, events leading up to the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Constitution, America in the Early 1800s, and the Civil War. Various projects, documents, activities, and other resources are used to teach the course.

Social Studies 8
A required course for all students in grade 8. No units of credit granted. Students must pass this course to move to the next level of Social Studies. Prerequisite: Social Studies 7. The course will meet every day for 40 weeks. A local final exam will be given. This class is the second half of a two year course of study. It is a continuation of United States and New York State History from Social Studies 7. The material is approached in a chronological order starting with a review of America during and after the Civil War, the Industrial Growth of the United States in the late 1800s,the Progressive Era, American expansion at the turn of the 20th century, World War I, the 1920s and Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War Era, Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Vietnam War, and material up to modern day.

Global History 9
A required course to earn a regents diploma. One unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: Social Studies 8. The course will meet every day for 40 weeks. Recommended grade level: grade 9. A local final exam will be given. This course is the first year of the two-year Global History regents requirement. This course covers human history from the dawn of man to the Age of Exploration. There is an emphasis on the development and spread of culture around the world. This is continued in Global History 10.

Global History 10 R
A required course to earn a Regents Diploma. One unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: Global History 9. The course will meet every day for 40 weeks. Recommended grade level: grade 10. The final exam is the Global History regents. This course is the second year of a two-year course of study. The material is approached in a chronological order. Major topics covered include: the Age of Absolutism, the Age of Revolutions, Global Nationalism, Imperialism, Reforms through Revolution, World War I, the world after World War I, World War II, Cold War era and Global Interdependence.

United States History 11 R
A required course to earn a Regents Diploma. One unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: Global History 10. The course will meet every day for 40 weeks. Recommended grade level: grade 11. The final exam is the United States History regents. U.S. History and Government 11 is a course that will cover America's history from the colonial to present times. It will cover an in-depth look into our Constitution and how it is applied to our lives now. Throughout the year, we will break down the past 200 years in different time periods. Each unit will show how the Constitution was put into action and what the consequences were for this action. Students will be required to learn about each time period and be able to apply this knowledge to how it affects future developments.

Social Studies 12 -Economics

A required course to earn a Regents Diploma. One-half unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: United States History 11R. The course will meet every day for 20 weeks. Recommended grade level: grade 12. A local final exam will be given. This is a course concentrating on microeconomics - (the economic behavior and decision making of individuals, families and businesses) - and some macroeconomics - (the entire economy and government interaction). An understanding of the stock market is also a goal. Other topics of interest include: our free enterprise system, how to become a millionaire, competition, wages & income, labor unions and collective bargaining.

Social Studies 12 - Participation In Government

A required course to earn a Regents Diploma. One-half unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: United States History 11R. The course will meet every day for 20 weeks. Recommended grade level: grade 12. A local final exam will be given. This course is designed to introduce the students to several concepts relating to government and being a citizen in the st century United States. This course begins with an in-depth analysis of the Constitution with an emphasis on how it affects the average citizen. This course concentrates on the critical thought processes as opposed to content memorization.

History of Crime (Not to be offered 2020-21)
An elective course for high school students. This course can be used for students who wish to earn a five-unit sequence in social studies. One-half unit of credit will be granted. Prerequisite: none. This course will meet every day for 20 weeks. Recommended grade level: grades 9-12. A local final exam will be given. This course is a survey of crime covering the last century. It focuses on the major cases that helped shape the current police systems and the public's perception of crime. There is also an emphasis on the evolution of crime fiction and what part that plays in the publics understanding of crime.

The Holocaust (Not to be offered 2020-21)

An elective course for high school students that focuses on the history of the Holocaust that may be used towards earning a five-unit sequence in social studies. This course will meet every day for 20 weeks. Recommended grade level: 9-12. This course is a survey of the history, operation, and consequences of the Holocaust on world history.