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C. Archer
carcher@beniciaunified.org    
E. Palmer
epalmer@beniciaunified.org
   E. Coyne
ecoyne@beniciaunified.org  
   B. Earp
bearp@beniciaunified.org      
J. French
jfrench@beniciaunified.org    
K. Higginbotham
khigginbotham@beniciaunified.org
  G. Lobo
globo@beniciaunified.org  
  S. O'Neil
soniel@beniciaunified.org      
S. Starkweather
sstarkweather@beniciaunified.org    
R. Aiken-James
rjames@beniciaunified.org
  W. Fritz
wfritz@beniciaunified.org  
   T. Roberts
troberts@beniciaunified.org      
M. Ruxton
mruxton@beniciaunified.org

     

SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

Utilizing a variety of sources and techniques, students analyze major world historical events beginning with the roots of modern democracy and the French Revolution and continuing through modern times.  An emphasis is placed on understanding the viewpoints of representative cultures.

Grade: 10                             Year                       UC/CSU

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

If you are planning on attending a four-year university, it may require you to complete multiple AP courses.  This course is an AP class designed to introduce students to the rigors of Advance Placement and prepare them for junior and senior Advanced Placement classes while meeting the College Board expectations before the AP exam in May.  It will cover relevant factual information regarding global social, political economic issues circa 1450-2001 CE.

Grade: 10                             Year                       UC/CSU

RESOURCE WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

Utilizing a variety of sources and techniques, students analyze major world historical events beginning with the roots of modern democracy and the French Revolution and continuing through modern times.  An emphasis is placed on understanding the viewpoints of representative cultures. This class will be modified and accommodated to meet the individual needs of the students. This class is only available by recommendation of the student’s IEP team. This class does not meet the UC/CSU “a-g” requirements.

Grade: 10                             Year

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Reviewing the underlying principles of democracy and the period ending with Reconstruction, this course focuses primarily on issues and themes between the Industrial Revolution and contemporary times.  Critical social movements are emphasized, as are source documents, geography and culture.

Grade: 11                              Year                       UC/CSU

AP AMERICAN STUDIES

AP American Studies means you are concurrently enrolled in AP US History with Mr. Coyne  &  AP Language and Composition with Ms. Thompson.  This cohort is designed to provide students with an in-depth approach to history, studying historical documents and primary sources from both a historical and a literary perspective and investigating cultural implications of historic events. Through a heavy emphasis on teaching analytical skills, critical thinking, and composition, these concurrent courses prepare students to take the AP USH and AP Lang exams in May. It is recommended that students taking AP American Studies be strong independent readers.

Grade: 11                              Year                                      

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Prerequisite: An “A” grade in World Civilizations or AP Euro, endorsement from World Civilizations teacher, and successful completion of a summer research project.

Beginning before the European discovery of America and continuing into contemporary times, AP US History is a rigorous, fast-paced college-level course requiring a high standard of academic independence.  The class prepares students for the national AP examination in May, and possible college credit.  Students should expect a substantially increased homework load over regular U.S. History. Summer project required.

Grade: 11                              Year                       UC/CSU

RESOURCE UNITED STATES HISTORY

Reviewing the underlying principles of democracy and the period ending with Reconstruction, this course focuses primarily on issues and themes between the Industrial Revolution and contemporary times.  Critical social movements are emphasized, as are source documents, geography and culture. This class will be modified and accommodated to meet the individual needs of the students. This class is only available by recommendation of the student’s IEP team. This class does not meet the UC/CSU “a-g” requirements.

Grade: 11                              Year

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS

U.S. Government: Students survey and analyze the processes of the American political structure, the American political campaign and the major documents of our national heritage.  Additionally, students analyze and evaluate persuasion techniques, political philosophies and the mechanics of our governmental system.

Economics: Intended to acquaint students with the American free enterprise system, this course allows the student to examine micro and macroeconomic systems, the stock market, budgeting and the ins-and-outs of free market economic principles in everyday life.

Grade: 12                             Year                       UC/CSU

AP US GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS

Prerequisite: US History teacher recommendation.

AP US Government: The AP Government course is a one-semester class designed to prepare students for the AP exam in May.  AP Government is a rigorous, fast-paced course with college-level reading and writing.  This class is open to seniors only and a summer project is required.

Economics: Intended to acquaint students with the American free enterprise system, this course allows the student to examine micro and macroeconomic systems, the stock market, budgeting and the ins-and-outs of free market economic principles in everyday life.

Grade: 12                             Year                       UC/CSU

RESOURCE US GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS

US Government: Students survey and analyze the processes of the American political structure, the American political campaign and the major documents of our national heritage.  Additionally, students analyze and evaluate persuasion techniques, political philosophies and the mechanics of our governmental system. This class will be modified and accommodated to meet the individual needs of the students.

Economics: Intended to acquaint students with the American free enterprise system, this course allows the student to examine micro and macroeconomic systems, the stock market, budgeting and the ins-and-outs of free market economic principles in everyday life. This class will be modified and accommodated to meet the individual needs of the students.

This class is only available by recommendation of the student’s IEP team. This class does not meet the UC/CSU “a-g” requirements.

Grade: 12                             Year

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

The purpose of this course is to introduce qualified students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface.  Major content areas to be studied are as follows: the nature of perspectives of geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use.  Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences.

Prerequisite: Recommendation from current history teacher.

Grades: 11, 12                     Year                       UC/CSU

HISTORY IN FILM

Students will study US History using traditional methods of presenting facts and history, combined with the use of feature, documentary and biographical films.  This class proposes to take a more in-depth and more socially and emotionally packed approach to examining US History.  Does not meet the U.S. History requirement.

Grades: 11,12                      Year                       UC/CSU               

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is an elective course open to all juniors and seniors.  This is a moderate level course, designed to allow students to gain an understanding of the major aspects of the field of psychology.  Throughout the years students are expected to learn by experiencing “hands-on” activities in class.  The lab requires student experiments and surveys.  Personal growth and self-awareness are expected outcome of the course.

Grades: 11,12                      Year                       UC/CSU

AP PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

This is a rigorous college course. Students will investigate all aspects of an advanced psychology curriculum to prepare for success on the College Board Advanced Placement exam.  Writing challenges and “hands-on” experiences are major aspects of the course.  Personal growth and self-awareness are expected outcomes of the aspects of the course.

Grades: 11,12                      Year                       UC/CSU

AP ART HISTORY

Prerequisite: Recommendation from current history teacher.

Students examine the major forms of artistic expression from ancient times through the present within historical and cultural contexts.  No prior art history is required.  Students participate in two field trips to art museums.  This course is designed to prepare students for the AP exam where college credits may be earned. Summer project required.

Grades: 11,12                      Year                       UC/CSU

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