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.
AP Human Geography
The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
AP US History
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. This course satisfies the United States History graduation requirement. AP students are expected to take the AP exam.
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.
US History DE
Designed for general-level and college-level preparatory students, this course is a chronological study of
the United States from 1865 to the present. Starting with the tremulous rebuilding after the Civil War all
the way to modern day, it will focus on political, economic, intellectual and social trends that impacted
events and people and helped shape the United States today.
This is a one-semester course. 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.
This course satisfies the Government graduation requirement, and 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.
This is a one-semester course. 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.
RJUHSD ́s Ethnic Studies interdisciplinary transformational program will examine the concepts of race, ethnicity,
and intersectionality emphasizing interpersonal communication, cultural competency,
and equity-driven skills in an authentic environment that will empower scholars to develop a critical lens in
order to make a meaningful impact in their communities and engage in/transform the world at large.
Social Psychology is a course designed to provide 11th and 12th grade students with an opportunity to study human development and relationships from sociological and psychological perspectives. The first part will focus on cognitive, social and personality development of the individual, the formation of relationships and behavior/conflict within those relationships, as well as societal influences, and group dynamics. The focus of the second half includes the study of brain function in terms of motivation, learning, memory and language. In addition, the patterns, assessment, treatment and prevention of abnormal behaviors are also studied. Students will have an opportunity to do field observations and research various psychological issues. This course offers scientifically researched explanations to commonly asked questions; it also offers the students an opportunity to connect the information from those findings to themselves. Students will form a deeper sense of how the human mind words and come to understand themselves better.
Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to prepare students for the AP Psychology test. More importantly, AP Psychology, the scientific study of the individual, attempts to answer questions about who we are, where our thoughts, feelings and actions come from, and how we understand the world around us. In this course students will have the opportunity to study human development, brain function, levels of consciousness, learning and memory, personality theory and development, mental disorders and many other topics. This course offers scientifically researched explanations to commonly asked questions; it also offers the students an opportunity to connect the information from those findings to themselves, their relationships, and the world around them. Students will form a deeper sense of how the human mind words and come to understand themselves better.