Independence High School

Trailblazers in Education

Economics

Title

 

 

Economics

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Economics focuses on basic economic principles, the American business structure, economic performance, gross national product and fiscal policy, banking and monetary policy. Economic problems in the US and overseas and personal economics are also stressed. The course emphasizes the active role of the individual and provides practical strategies for students to use in making personal economic decisions.

 

Title

 

 

AP Macroeconomics

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

A course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics in examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking the course can expect to learn how the measures of economic performance, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment, are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic analytical tools of macroeconomics, primarily the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model and its application in the analysis and determination of national income, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal policy and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Recognizing the global nature of economics, students will also have ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and international finance on national economics. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as solutions to economic problems are considered.

 
Government and Law

Title

 

 

Government

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

 

Title

 

 

AP Government & Politics

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

12

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

This course is designed for the advanced student who desires to continue studying at the college level. It provides students an opportunity to gain a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It involves the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. The Advanced Placement examination will be offered in May. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement exam will enable students to obtain college credit in Political Science at selected colleges and universities

 

History

Title

 

 

AP European History

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Satisfies World Studies requirement for high school graduation. Designed for university-bound students. This course emphasizes analytical thinking skills and the development of improved essay writing skills. Designed to facilitate those students who will seek further enrollment in AP courses. Students will be expected to study a college based text along with the supplementary reading materials which includes primary sources. The course content covers the history of Europe from the 1300s to present. Successful performance on the Advanced Placement Exam will enable students to obtain college credit at selected universities.

 

Title

 

 

AP US History

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Vary between schools

11

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for university-bound students; students are expected to have skills necessary for college level performance. AP U.S. History is a rigorous in-depth examination of the course of American economic, political and social development from colonial to contemporary times. Preparation for academic success in college work and testing is a major focus of this course. Students will engage in the process of framing an inquiry, selecting relevant sources and organizing evidence in support of a hypothesis using primary and secondary sources of information in their analysis. Students will strengthen their skills in logic, analytical reading, critical thinking and high-level expository writing. Students who complete the course are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement History Examination. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement Exam will enable students to obtain college credit in American History at selected colleges and universities. This course follows the national A.P. United States History framework and not the California State Standards for U.S. History.

Title

 

 

US History

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for general-level and college-level preparatory students. In this one-term course students examine major turning points and the cause-and-effect flow of the forces that have shaped the United States in the 20th century. Curricular units are thematically and chronologically based on state standards and include The Foundation of the American Nation (review unit), Industrialization and Immigration, Religion’s Role in America, America’s Rise to World Power, The 1920s, The Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, Domestic changes in Postwar America, Foreign Policy in the Cold War, The Civil Rights Movement, and Contemporary American Society.

 

Title

 

 

World Studies

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

10

A

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for general-level and college-level preparatory students. In this one-term course students examine major turning points and the cause-and-effect flow of the forces that have shaped the modern world. Curricular units are based on state standards and include The Development of Modern Political Thought, The Age of Revolutions, The Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, the Causes and Effects of World War I, The Rise of Totalitarianism, The Causes and Effects of World War II, The Cold War, Nation-Building and Global Developments in the Modern World.

 

 

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