Course Catalog: Social Science Department

REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to take at least six semesters of Social Science during their four years at St. Ignatius.  The freshman requirement, Introduction to Ethnic Studies (one semester), is designed to develop a student’s understanding of identity formation and systemic inequalities. For 2017-2018, sophomores will take World History II (one semester course) which begins with the Age of Imperialism (late 1800s) and studies major world civilizations and events in the 20th century. In junior year, all students take U.S. Histories and Cultures for two semesters. Seniors may choose one or more of five Government Selectives, and they are highly encouraged to enroll in as many Government Selectives that interest them. In addition, juniors and seniors may take a variety of electives designed to introduce them to the wider world of the social sciences. Electives are currently offered in Economics, Social Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and European History.

Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to apply for Honors in any Social Science course. Designed for students with a demonstrated history of academic achievement, the Honors curriculum challenges students with college-level coursework (e.g. a college-level research paper) and real-world experiences (e.g. a city council meeting). Honors students receive honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations.

  • Juniors will be invited to apply for Honors U.S.  Histories and Cultures in October of Junior year
  • Incoming seniors are invited to apply for honors courses in the spring of their junior year as part of the registration process

While the Social Science Department will not offer AP-specific courses, students may sit for the following AP exams: US History, US Government, and Psychology. Social Science courses will still provide partial preparation for those AP tests. However, in addition, students may choose to participate in preparation programs offered by the Social Science Department outside of regular class time.

The Social Science department provides our students with a four-year experience of inclusive, relevant, and flexible courses. By the end of four years, students will be better prepared to live out our school’s mission statement and “respond courageously to the opportunities and challenges of our time.”

COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES (5101)

Grade Level — 9
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Required for graduation
Prerequisite — None
Criteria for Enrollment — None 

UC/CSU Subject A Pending Approval

Course Description — Introduction to Ethnic Studies challenges students to frame their individual identity, their family history, and their community history through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender performance, nationality and culture.  Students will examine global case studies that identify problems and analyze causes of systemic inequality through historical and contemporary contexts.  This course will also focus on developing reading, writing, notetaking and dialogue skills necessary to create and present well-organized arguments.  Students will write an original paper based on their investigations of local communities.  By the end of this course, students should have an understanding of what it means to live responsibly and ethnically as men and women with and for othe

WORLD HISTORY II (1850 Present) (5200)

Grade Level — 10
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Required for graduation
Prerequisite — Completion of World History I
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject A Approval

Course Description — Study of the cultural, political, geopolitical, economic, intellectual, aesthetic and religious factors involved in human development since the Age of Imperialism in the late1800s. Mastery of basic factual material, as well as ability to analyze and interpret that material will be required. Students develop a formal thesis and write a research paper defending that thesis. Students are required to demonstrate knowledge of major geographic features and modern countries. Some units may be taught as blended learning lessons wherein students have an extra resource period to complete online coursework. The homework commitment is between 30 and 45 minutes, four nights a week.

UNITED STATES HISTORIES AND CULTURES (5301)

Grade Level — 11
Length — One Year

Type of Course — Required of graduation
Prerequisite — World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject A Approval

Course Description — United States Histories and Cultures examines the social, cultural, political, economic, religious and ideological movements and moments that constitute the American Experience. We will focus explicitly on the diversity of the American experience and the development, change, and perpetuation of structures of inequality in the U.S over time. Empowered with this knowledge, students will then analyze what unites us as Americans through our shared historical experiences and events. Students will examine, critique, and analyze historical narratives, focusing explicitly on tensions between historical events and the stories that have been written about them. This course focuses on building an understanding of knowledge production, critical research and writing skills, and college-level reading and analysis. Students will leave this course prepared to heed our school’s mission to respond to the challenges of our time by becoming active participants in their civic communities. 

UNITED STATES HISTORIES AND CULTURES HONORS (5302)

Grade Level — 11
Length — One Year

Type of Course — Required of graduation
Prerequisite — World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — Students in United States Histories and Cultures may apply into this honors course at the end of the first quarter.

UC/CSU Subject A Approval
Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU calculations

Course Description — United States Histories and Cultures examines the social, cultural, political, economic, religious and ideological movements and moments that constitute the American Experience. We will focus explicitly on the diversity of the American experience and the development, change, and perpetuation of structures of inequality in the U.S over time. Empowered with this knowledge, students will then analyze what unites us as Americans through our shared historical experiences and events. Students will examine, critique, and analyze historical narratives, focusing explicitly on tensions between historical events and the stories that have been written about them. This course focuses on building an understanding of knowledge production, critical research and writing skills, and college-level reading and analysis. Students will leave this course prepared to heed our school’s mission to respond to the challenges of our time by becoming active participants in their civic communities. 

In addition to the assigned coursework, the honors curriculum for this course will include college-level historical analysis, including, but not limited to supplemental textbooks, primary documents, original research, historical fiction assignments, museum visits, and optional preparation for students who wish to take the AP exam. 

 

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