Other Electives

*EUROPEAN HISTORY (5410)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject A Approval

Course Description — Study of the political, social, economic, intellectual, aesthetic, religious, and geopolitical components of European development since 1300, with emphasis on Ireland, England, France, Germany, and Russia. Familiarity with the basic facts of modern history is presumed; ability to analyze, discuss, and explain historical problems and issues is expected. The course is open to all juniors and seniors who love history. Seniors may gain three units of college credit from the University of San Francisco by completion of this course.

NOTE: Students may choose to receive credit for this course either through SI or USF – not both. If credit is issued by USF, the course will not be included in the SI GPA.

 
Due to the option to receive credit through USF, this course will not have an honors option.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment. 

ECONOMICS (5430)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of economic theory and practice. Students develop a working definition of economics, undergo an extensive introduction to supply and demand and laws that relate to supply and demand.  They also are exposed to the variety of political systems and their effect on economic theory including socialism, capitalism, and communism. Types of businesses are explained including sole proprietorships,  partnerships, and corporations. The pros and cons of each type of organization are discussed. Other important concepts are explored including pricing, gross national product, inflation, taxation, and selected economic indicators.

ECONOMICS HONORS (5440)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — Students must apply to enroll. To be accepted, students must have a Demonstrated history of academic achievement.

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

Course Description — This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of economic theory and practice. Students develop a working definition of economics, undergo an extensive introduction to supply and demand and laws that relate to supply and demand.  They also are exposed to the variety of political systems and their effect on economic theory including socialism, capitalism, and communism. Types of businesses are explained including sole proprietorships,  partnerships, and corporations. The pros and cons of each type of organization are discussed. Other important concepts are explored including pricing, gross national product, inflation, taxation, and selected economic indicators.

The honors curriculum for this course will require college-level economic research papers as well as participation in an outside experience (e.g. an interview).

GENDER STUDIES (5434)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

Course Description — Drawing on recent sociological and anthropological scholarship, this course provides an introductory exploration of changing ideologies and practices of gender, sexuality and family life – and how those intersect with race, class, and age. Students read about, write about, and discuss gender issues as they simultaneously reflect on the ways that gender has manifested in and influenced their lives. We will also investigate themes including social media, representation, gender construction and normativity, sexual assault and rape culture, “toxic masculinity,” music, advertising, television, as well as transgender and intersex issues. Throughout the course, we will examine current events that highlight the importance of gender norms on society, using these examples to illustrate key concepts and theories. 

GENDER STUDIES HONORS (5444)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — Students must apply to enroll. To be accepted, students must have a Demonstrated history of academic achievement.

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

Course Description — Drawing on recent sociological and anthropological scholarship, this course provides an introductory exploration of changing ideologies and practices of gender, sexuality and family life – and how those intersect with race, class, and age. Students read about, write about, and discuss gender issues as they simultaneously reflect on the ways that gender has manifested in and influenced their lives. We will also investigate themes including social media, representation, gender construction and normativity, sexual assault and rape culture, “toxic masculinity,” music, advertising, television, as well as transgender and intersex issues. Throughout the course, we will examine current events that highlight the importance of gender norms on society, using these examples to illustrate key concepts and theories. 

The honors curriculum for this course will include additional assignments, readings and participation in outside experiences, as appropriate and available.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ( 5456)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — This course is an introduction to the social movements of the “Long Sixties” (1945 – 1975), with emphasis on the Freedom Movements of Black Americans, Chicanx/Latinx communities, Asian-Americans, American Indians, Feminists, LGBTQ communities and other racial, ethnic or cultural communities. Students will identify and evaluate the core tenets of specific social movements including leaders, organizations, events, politics, disappointments and triumphs. Familiarity with US History is presumed. Students will also assess contemporary movements both locally and globally to ultimately define “Freedom” for themselves. Course methodology includes: lectures, class discussion, films, group work, weekly response papers and a final paper.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES HONORS (5466)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — Students must apply to enroll. To be accepted, students must have a Demonstrated history of academic achievement.

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

Course Description — This course is an introduction to the social movements of the “Long Sixties” (1945 – 1975), with emphasis on the Freedom Movements of Black Americans, Chicanx/Latinx communities, Asian-Americans, American Indians, Feminists, LGBTQ communities and other racial, ethnic or cultural communities. Students will identify and evaluate the core tenets of specific social movements including leaders, organizations, events, politics, disappointments and triumphs. Familiarity with US History is presumed. Students will also assess contemporary movements both locally and globally to ultimately define “Freedom” for themselves. Course methodology includes: lectures, class discussion, films, group work, weekly response papers and a final paper.

The honors curriculum for this course will include additional assignments, readings and participation in outside experiences, as appropriate and available.