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Social Science Offerings:


Economics
This introductory course includes sections on microeconomics, macroeconomics, and current topics.  A Junior Achievement program offers students the opportunity to organize and operate a small company.  Periodic guest speakers enrich the curriculum. 

Geography, Economics, Government
This three-trimester course, which covers economics, American government and world geography, may be taken in its entirety or as separate segments.
Law and Justice

The American Criminal Justice System is a response to a problem that has required the attention of all societies since the beginning of time - crime. The course examines both the nature of criminal behavior and the functioning of the justice system itself. The reality of of crime and justice involves much more than "cops and robbers", the details of legal codes and the penalties for breaking the law. From defining what behavior counts as criminal, to deciding the fate of offenders who are caught, the process of criminal justice is a social process that is subject to many influences other than the written codes of law.  Throughout the course we will seek to find the correlation between the theory of law and the concept of justice in our modern world.


The Modern World
Students will integrate fundamental concepts of human geography into the chronological study of world history from 1750 to the present.  They will study the logical sequence of human activities in time to better understand the logical arrangement of human activities in space.  Students will employ historic and geographic concepts to examine human social, political, economic, and cultural organization.  Students will use original documents, maps, and other relevant information to gain a better understanding of the world around them.  They will also employ their skills in writing descriptive, comparative, and analytical essays.

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The Modern World Honors
Students are introduced to the study of human geography through the conceptual study of world history from 1750 to the present.  Comparisons are made across space and time through the main themes of population, culture, political systems, rural and urban societies, economic and industrial development, and environmental issues. Students consider specific geographic and historic issues, and use their critical thinking skills in analyzing original documents, maps, geographic information systems, and other relevant available information pertaining to the themes under consideration.  All students are expected to master the skill of writing comparative and analytical essays, and will be introduced to document-based essays.  Students are encouraged to take the advanced placement examination in Human Geography.

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Psychology
This course presents the history of psychology, research methods, perception, learning theories, and human cognition and motivation.  The second half of the course investigates personality theories and maladjusted patterns of behavior.  Students gain a greater understanding of their own capacity of growth.  Psychology may be used to satisfy a social science or humanities requirement.

Twentieth Century America
The period from Teddy Roosevelt and late 19th century imperialism to the present day is the focus of this course.  History comes alive through the use of films, radio recordings, and television footage.  Students conduct newspaper and magazine research for use in group reports, dramatizations, and debates.

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United States History
This course covers the broad sweep of events from the arrival of Columbus to the emergence of the United States as a super power.  There is a heavy focus on the founding of the United States and its Constitution, the evolving branches of government through the early 1800s, the Civil War, the two World Wars, and national economic development.

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United States History Honors
Students study the dominant patterns of American thought from colonial times to the present.  They consider specific historical problems and use their critical thinking skills in analyzing original documents, maps, and other relevant available information pertaining to the time periods under consideration.

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Social Science Advanced Placement Offerings:

Comparative Government AP
This course introduces students to the world’s diverse political structures and practices.  Five key countries form the core of the study: Great Britain, Frnace, the former Soviet Union, China, and a developing nation.  The addition of a developing nation allows for the examination of the influence of economic development on the politics and government of the country.

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European History AP
This course examines the period from the Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, and age of exploration to the collapse of the Soviet Empire.  During their examination of major historical concepts and their supporting data, students gain an understanding of the rise and decline of Europe and the impact of Europeans in the contemporary world.  They are challenged to understand political, economic, and social change to better comprehend the world in which they live.  Students take the advanced placement examination in European History.

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Human Geography AP
This course provides students with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory human geography courses.  Students study the patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, as well as the use and alteration of Earth’s surface.  They employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences.  Students take the advanced placement examination in Geography.

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Microeconomics AP
Microeconomics provides students with a thorough understanding of the principals of economics that apply to the decisions of individual – both consumers and producers – within the larger economic system.  It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.  Students take the advanced placement examination in Microeconomics.

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Macroeconomics AP
Macroeconomics uses the basic principals of economics to explain the economic system as a whole.  The course focuses on comparative economic systems, nation income accounting, economic growth, international trade, and the role of government in regulating and directing that national economy.  Students learn to apply quantitative and mathematical skills to the discipline of economics, test economic propositions empirically, and improve their decision-making skills.  They apply economic logic to a wide variety of real world and hypothetical situations.  Students take the advanced placement examination in Macroeconomics.

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Psychology AP
The Advanced Psychology course is designed for upper level (11 or 12th grade) students with well-developed study skills.  The course is an overview of the field of psychology and is equivalent to an introduction to psychology at the college level.  Students will be introduced to the systematic, academic, and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.  The students are exposed to psychological studies, principles, and theories upon which the course is based.  Psychology is divided into several sub fields.  Students are exposed to these sub fields and the related relevant studies.  In addition, students learn about the ethics of research and the science and practice of psychology. 

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U.S. Government and Politics AP
This course is for students who are ready to meet the demands of college level work.  Topics covered include the constitutional foundation of American democracy, political parties and interest groups, civil liberties and civil rights, the governmental branches and bureaucracy.  Students take the advanced placement examination in American Government and Politics.

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United States History AP
This offering is for qualified students, who are ready to meet the demands of college-level work.  The course emphasizes post 1750 history, the U.S. Constitution, and the American political system.  Considerable emphasis is placed on analytical history essay writing skills.  Students take the advanced placement examination in U.S. History.

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Additional Courses

Institute for Civic Involvement Internship Program
The ICI internship program is designed to allow social science oriented students the opportunity to earn academic credit while working in government or politics in the local area.  Students will meet with their supervising teacher once each week and will be required to complete a minimum of 45 contact hours a trimester at their intern site plus additional readings.  A log of all work completed and community contact hours must be maintained.  THIS PROGRAM MAY (at the discretion of the Upper School Office) COUNT AS AN ACADEMIC COURSE but will be completed on the student’s own time.

Pine Crest School Social Science Department & the Institute for Civic Involvement

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