Facing History & Ourselves

  • Facing History and Ourselves

    Grade level:

    11 to 12

    Course units:

    5 Credits – Semester Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Elective

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    g

               

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Read and Write at an 11th grade level

    Course Description: Facing History and Ourselves is a one semester elective course in the Social Sciences. It is a course that focuses on the social dynamics of stereotyping and discrimination, making the use of two case studies as the basis for student exploration.  In this Facing History and Ourselves course, students learn about the fragility of democracy to better understand their roles and responsibilities as citizens today.  By studying the choices that individuals made students come to understand that this history was not inevitable and that individuals always have choices to either strengthen democracy or undermine it. The last unit is a student driven service project. The class will research a problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution, and create an action plan.

    Major Projects/Assignments: as determined by the instructor, service project

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 15 to 20 min. It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.

Psychology

  • Psychology

    Grade level:

    11 to 12

    Course units:

    5 Credits – Semester Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Elective

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    g

               

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills:  Reading and writing ability that are at grade level (minimum 10th grade level recommended).  Students should be organized and capable of doing nightly homework.  Note taking at home as well as in class is essential to mastering the course material.  Students should be willing and able to participate in class discussions and presentations. A respectful attitude toward the opinions of others as well as the subject matter presented is expected.

    Course Description: The goal of Psychology is to increase student awareness and understanding of human motivation and behavior.  Students will gain a basic understanding of: psychology’s rich and diverse history, the research methods associated of scientific investigation, the biological and physiological bases of behavior, the principles of human learning and memory, the major theories of human motivation and emotion, and the ways in which psychological theories and research apply to everyday life. There is an emphasis on self-awareness and personal growth. The course will reinforce the critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills taught in all social science courses.

    Major Projects/Assignments: as determined by the instructor

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 30 to 60 minutes   It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load.  It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.