Social Studies/Citizenship/Humanities

Civics: Be the Change            
Level: Associate
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

This course is built around topics considered vital to the development of educated citizens in the context of Pittsburgh. The following four themes run through this year-long course: 1) Understanding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and their application to current issues; 2) How citizens generate change in society, government, and economics; 3) The relationship between local, state and national economic and policy issues; 4) A focus on Pittsburgh: application of learning of above themes to the lives of Pittsburghers, past and present.

Psychology     
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

In this introduction to psychology students will study how individuals learn, how they feel, how they experience the world, how they develop from birth through old age, and how they form relationships. Students will learn how to apply scientific methodology to the study of psychology and define some of the basic terminology of the discipline.

Sociology
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

This course includes the study of social institutions, organization, change, and culture. Students will be actively involved in examining institutions such as the family and education as well as the social effects of crime and poverty.

U.S. History    
Level: Executive Semester
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

Students examine significant events, people, institutions, movements and conflicts in American history in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Major topics include the struggle for minority groups and women to achieve equality, the emergence of the U.S. on the world stage, and the impact of industrialization. A focus on social and political history is built into the instructional materials that accompany this course. In addition, students will read the book, Black Like Me and, The Things They Carried in order to better understand social conflicts in American History.

US History AP
Level: Executive
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

Designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination, this course offers an in-depth examination of U.S. History from the close of the Colonial Period through the Reconstruction Period, with the second half continuing through the close of the 20th Century. Students will be expected to research, write about, and do comparative analyses of differing interpretations of historical events. Many colleges and universities offer Advanced Placement and/or college credit to students who have performed successfully on the AP United States History Exam and students are strongly encouraged to take the exam.

World History
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

This course focuses on major themes, events, and trends in world history from roughly 1500 to the present. Topics include the growth of an interconnected world in the Age of Exploration, the impact of colonization, imperialism, and the growth of powerful nation-states and clashes among them through two world wars. Also emphasized is the gradual push for expanding rights for more people around the world through the Age of Revolutions and colonial revolutions/ decolonization in the 20th century.

Women’s Studies
Level: Final Manager
Length: Semester
Credit: .5

This is an upper level course that will examine the impact of historical events on the lives of women in the United States and the contributions of women in shaping American society. A major focus will be a survey of society’s definition of the nature and role of women, the actual conditions of women, and the feminist response to intellectual, social, economic and political problems. Throughout the course students will be expected to periodically compare and contrast the changing nature of women’s lives globally. This course may count as .5 toward the 4th year of required Social Studies. Students must choose (not be assigned) this course and be familiar with the course overview described above when making their choice.

 

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