Tennyson High School

Social Studies

 


AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Grade 12     Advanced Placement Course

Prerequisite:  Honors United States History or teacher recom-mendation, completion of application and testing process.

This course is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in American Government and Politics.  This course is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  The class involves the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies.  It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality.  This course serves as an introduction to the U.S. national government.  The class format will include lectures, discussion, issue analysis, critical writing, group work, panel discussions, debates, guest speakers, tests, and quizzes.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. HHS, MEHS, THS

 


AP GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Grades 11, 12     Advanced Placement Course

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is designed to cover the following areas:  constitutional underpinnings of the United States government; political beliefs and behaviors of individuals; political parties, interest groups, and mass media mechanisms that facilitate the communication of interests and preferences by like-minded citizens; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil liberties and civil rights.  The goal of this course is to prepare students to take and pass the Advanced Placement Examination for Government and Politics.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS

 


AP MACROECONOMICS

Grades 11, 12     Advanced Placement Course

Prerequisite:  Economics P with a “B” or better; Algebra 2 with a “B” or better; grade level English course.

This course is designed to cover the following areas:  basic economic concepts; measurement of economic performance; national income and price determination; economic growth; and international finance, exchange rates, and balance of payments.  The goal of this course is to prepare students to take and pass the Advanced Placement Examination for Economics.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS, THS

 


AP WORLD HISTORY

Grades 10, 11, 12     Advanced Placement Course

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is designed to develop greater understanding of he evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.  This course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences as well as comparison of major societies.   THS

 


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS P

Grade 12

Prerequisite:  US History P.

This course is a study of the structure and operation of American political institutions with emphasis on the Constitution and selected Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, the courts system, federalism, and comparative governments.  This course develops an awareness of economic principles and theories and encourages students to recognize and interpret economic happenings in their society. This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. BHS, HHS, MEHS, THS

 


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS HONORS P

Grade 12

Prerequisite:  US History H, US History AP, or teacher recommendation.

This course is a study of the structure and operation of American political institutions with emphasis on the Constitution and selected Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, the court system, federalism, and comparative governments.  This course develops an awareness of economic principles and theories and encourages students to recognize and interpret economic happenings in their society.This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. HHS, THS

 


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS SHELTERED P

Grade 12

Prerequisite:  US History Sheltered P.

This course is a study of the structure and operation of American political institutions with emphasis on the Constitution and selected Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, the court system, federalism, and comparative governments.  The delivery of the course content is tailored to meet the needs of English-as-a-Second Language Learners.  This course develops an awareness of economic principles and theories and encourages students to recognize and interpret economic happenings in their society.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS, THS

 


ETHNIC STUDIES P

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite:  World History.

This course is an analytical approach to different ethnic groups and cultures of the United States and the World, which will include, but is not necessarily limited to the groups represented in the student body of the school.  The course traces the voluntary and involuntary migration patterns of different ethnic immigrant groups in the United States and within the United States; and each group’s unique social, political, and economic historical development and current situation.  In addition, the course will examine various issues of race, class, and gender through an ethnic content-based curriculum.  This course meets UC/CSU “g” requirement for College Prep Elective. HHS

 


LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is a study of the history and culture of Latin America and of Hispanics in the United States.  The course includes units of indigenous peoples of Latin America such as the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas.  Also included is the history of Mexico to the present and an in-depth unit on the Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala.  Finally, the course will end with a unit on the Chicano movement and issues affecting modern day Latinos in the United States, such as immigration and bilingual education.  This course meets UC/CSU requirement “g” for College Prep Elective.  HHS

 


PSYCHOLOGY P

Grade 12

Prerequisite:  None.

This college preparatory course encompasses all areas of psychology, as a theoretical and applied social science.  Students will be introduced to the major theorists, schools of thought, and concepts and terms in all areas of psychology.  Topics covered will include:  (1) Understanding of self and individual differences; (2) Understanding and communicating with others; (3) Developmental; (4) Abnormal; (5) Social; (6) Personality; and (7) Biological/ Cognitive Psychology.   This course meets UC/CSU requirement “g” for College Prep Elective.  HHS, MEH, THS

 


SOCIOLOGY

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is an analytical approach to the study of diverse social structures and institutions as well as the causes and effects of social change.  It will focus on the family, religion, politics, work and modern society.  This course meets UC/CSU requirement “g” for College Prep Elective.

 


AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Grade 11     Advanced Placement Course

Prerequisite:  Accelerated World History or teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history.  Students will study United States history beginning with the European discovery and settlement of the Americas in 1492.  All of the significant historical developments between 1492 and the present will be examined.  College credit may be earned by obtaining a passing score on the AP Exam.  Students and their parents are asked to sign contracts detailing expectations of homework and other aspects of the course.This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. HHS, MEHS, THS

 


UNITED STATES HISTORY P

Grade 11

Prerequisite:  World History P.

This will be a comprehensive United States History course with emphasis placed on the period from the end of reconstruction to the present.  Topics will consider American chronology, historical development, growth, character, values, and geographic significance.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. BHS, HHS, MEHS, THS

 


UNITED STATES HISTORY H

Grade 11     Honors Course

Prerequisite:  World History Accelerated or teacher recommendation.

This will be a comprehensive United State History course with emphasis placed on the period from the end of reconstruction to the present.  Topics will consider American chronology, historical development, growth, change, character, values, and geographic significance.  Excellent college prep skills are a prerequisite for this course.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS, THS

 


UNITED STATES HISTORY – SHELTERED P

Grade 11

Prerequisite:  World History Sheltered P.

The delivery of the course content to the students is tailored to meet the needs of English-as-a-Second Language learners.  This will be a comprehensive United States History course with emphasis placed on the period from the end of reconstruction to the present.  Topics will consider American chronology, historical development, growth, character, values, and geographic significance.  This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS, THS

 


WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Grade 10

Prerequisite:  None.

This course is intended to prepare freshmen for World History and U.S. History.  Topics of study will include world physical and political geography:  land forms, identification and location of continents, countries, major cities, major bodies of water, terrain, climate zones and time zones.  Some time will also be devoted to the study of longitude and latitude, land use, population, capitals, and cultural geography. This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.

 


WORLD HISTORY P

Grade 10

Prerequisite:  None.

This course presents an overview of the cultures, geography, and history of humankind—western and non-western—from earliest civilization to the present.  Emphasis is on world history from 1500.This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. BHS, HHS, MEHS, THS

 


WORLD HISTORY – ACCELERATED

Grade 10

Prerequisite:  English 9 Accelerated or teacher recommendation.

This course presents an overview of the cultures, geography, and history of humankind—western and non-western—from earliest civilization to the present.  Emphasis is on world history from 1500.  Excellent college prep skills are a prerequisite for this course.This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science. HHS, THS

 


WORLD HISTORY SHELTERED P

Grade 10

Prerequisite:  None.

The delivery of the course content to the students is tailored to meet the needs of English-as-a-Second Language learners.  College credit may be earned by obtaining a passing score on the AP Exam.  Students and their parents are asked to sign contracts detailing expectations of homework and other aspects of the course.This course meets UC/CSU “a” requirements for History/Social Science.  HHS, THS