social science

  • San Mateo Union High School District offers a purposeful sequence of Social Science courses at every school site. The social science graduation requirement calls for 3.5 years of social science, including World History, Contemporary World Studies, US History, Government and Economics. All of our courses meet UC/ CSU eligibility requirements. All students are encouraged to pursue the most rigorous course options possible, including advanced standing, advanced placement, and at some sites, IB (offerings will vary according by site). Each course places an emphasis on critical thinking, close reading, and the application of historical knowledge to current events. Several school sites offer social science electives such as Psychology, Sociology, and International Relations.

    California Standards in Social Science

    California History/ Social Science Framework (adopted 2016)


    Common Curricular Expectations: Social Science Grades 9-10 and Social Science Grades 11-12

  • Modern World History

    Students will study themes to help make sense of our historical past and the world we live in. A wide variety of basic study skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking skills will be stressed.

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  • Advanced Placement Comparative Government

    Introduces students to the fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings.  The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes.

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  • Contemporary World Studies

    This one-semester course examines contemporary issues facing the non-European regions of the world. The central topics of globalization, nation-building and social justice will all be taught. A fourth unit, Current Event, allows teachers the flexibility to address breaking issues of the day.

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