Social Studies Department  & Course Outline

MARTIN VAN BUREN

HIGH SCHOOL

SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT


Principal              

Marilyn Shevell

Assistant Principal

Darlene Bullock  

Department Phone

718 776-4728 ext 2753

 

Global History 1, 2, 3, & 4 (H 1 – H 4) – 9th and 10th Grade

In order to satisfy the new Regents requirement, World History 1 will cover the River Civilization to the crusades, World History 2 will cover the Crusades to 1750, World History 3 will cover 1750 to World War I and World History 4 will cover World War I to present. These course are designed to challenge critical thinking, support the reading and writing standards, and involve students in begin active participants. Questions asked will be database, constructed response and thematic responses.

U.S. History and Government (H5 & H6) – 11th Grade
A survey of American Government and history beginning before the American Revolution. The course continues through the latest headlines. The course will explore foreign, domestic and social issues, which have shaped our nation’s development.
* A Juniors Course*

Participation in Government (H7) -12th Grade
Students will explore the working of government through involvement in local, state, national and or global issues. Activities in and out of the classroom will focus on the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.
*A Seniors Course*

Economics (H8) –  12th Grade
A one term required course that deals with such subjects as business, finance, management, labor, unions, job opportunities, banking, taxation, government expenditures, international trade, and different economic systems. It focuses on problems in the news today and on understanding current trends that are shaping tomorrow’s opportunities.
*A Seniors Course*

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Grade

Semester

Course

9

Fall

Global History 1

9

Spring

Global History 2

10

Fall

Global History 3

10

Spring

Global History 4

REGENTS - JUNE-

GLOBAL HISTORY

GEOGRAPHY

11

Fall

U.S. History 1

11

Spring

U.S. History 2

REGENTS - JUNE-

U.S. HISTORY

GOVERNMENT

12

Fall

Participation in Government

12

Spring

Economics

Students must pass all courses in the Social Studies sequence stated above (8 classes). In addition students must pass 2 Regents exams: Global History and Geography, given at the end of 10th grade, and U.S. History and Government, given at the end of 11th grade.


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Course Description


Psychology 1
– Introduction to psychology as a behavioral science. Focus on personality development, learning motivation, adolescent, mental health, dreams, parapsychology, etc. Open to juniors and seniors only.


Psychology 2 – Advanced work in psychology. Focus on motivational, perception, learning and research techniques. Prerequisite: Psychology 1. Spring only.

African American History – Explores the history of African-American from the origins of man in east African through the Diaspora of the slave trade to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, as well as race relations today.

Law 1 – A study of the U.S. legal system demonstrates how laws are used to avoid conflict and provide for social change. It also includes an overview of the criminal, and civil court system and roles of the Constitution.

Law 2 – This course introduces students to the institutional aspect of the U.S. Constitution system. The relationship between the federal constitution
(Bill of Rights, 14th Amendment, etc) is traced through a study of the decision of the United States Supreme Court. Prerequisite Law 1

Current Events – This class is dictated by current political, national, and international events. It explores the historical context of the event taking place, and stresses the use of practical problems-solving skills. Current newspaper and magazines are used.

History through Media- Art imitates life. This course stresses the media’s perception of major historical events.

Advanced Placement American History - A college level course in American History. Passing the Advanced Placement Examination may result in college credits. Taken instead of American History 1 and 2

Honors in Global History, U.S. History, Government, Economics- This honors- level program stresses problem-solving skills, research projects, and public speaking.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Mock Trial
  • Moot Court
  • Lincoln- Douglas Debates

If any students are interested in participating in any of these activities place come to the Social Studies Department for further details.