Social Science Electives
Grades 11 - 12
UC/CSU - G Elective approved course
This course is the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes covering a wide range of questions and issues. The goal of this course is to provide a general introduction to theory and empirical findings in the main topic areas of psychology – physiology, cognition, child development, abnormal, and social psychology – while relating this research to various aspects of everyday life. Psychology is a fascinating, diverse discipline. For students planning on majoring in the behavioral sciences, this course provides an academic foundation for future work. The course is not intended as an alternative to any social science required coursework and does not meet the district social science graduation requirement.
Agency & Social Justice - NEW COURSE for 2021-22
UC/CSU - G Elective - STATUS PENDING
This course empowers students to view social justice issues via a socioeconomic lens and create a sustainable action plan to address an socioeconomic issue that is important to them. In the first semester students will gain an all-encompassing view of inequality in our society and surrounding communities by examining socioeconomic inequalities including but not limited to the housing crisis, prisons, food deserts, laws, healthcare and education.
Students will build a strong sense of how their own intersectionality relates to these above mentioned themes. This foundation will support the critical consciousness needed for second semester work. In the second semester students will conduct a research based action plan on an issue of their choice building their agency to address socioeconomic issue of focus. The knowledge and support for project based learning is grounded in data analysis, literature, contemporary films and music, as well as other media sources.
Guiding questions for the course include: What is agency? What are the major socioeconomic inequalities we confront today, locally and globally? How do socioeconomic disparities that perpetuate social justice issues? How do we define our “universe of obligation,”and advocate for the people and principles we care about enough to stand up for? We do not have any simple answers to these questions. The overarching goal for students is to arrive at their own answers through investigation, cooperative discussion, and action planning.