Thornton Township High Schools District 205

Preparing all District 205 Students to be Competitive Leaders in our Global Society

Social Studies Course Selections

 World Film Studies

History of Latin America and It’s People

U. S. History

United States History (AP)

The Problems of Philosophy

African-American History

American Law

Psychology (Honors)

Ancient World History

Psychology (AP)

Ancient World History (Honors)

Sociology

Economics

Economics (Honors)

United States Government and Politics (AP)

Global Issues and Society




Course Descriptions


   R-1089-A  WORLD FILM STUDIES  FOR 11-12  1 UNIT  World Film studies is a survey of classic and modern world films in the following genres: comedy, drama, action/adventure, film noir, musical, science fiction/fantasy, horror/suspense, documentary, expressionism and western. The course will include a study of silent, black and white, and foreign language films. This study will include not only the critiquing of direction and production, and the reviewing and critiquing of current films, but also the application of technology for film production. PREREQUISITES:   Mastery in English I and English II and in Ancient World History and Economics.  This course does not fulfill either the English or Social Studies requirements but provides 1 elective credit in either English or Social Studies.

 

   R-1139  History of Latin America and It’s People for 10-12 - 1 unit  This course is a survey of the history and culture of Latin America from ancient history to the present.  Political, economic, social, and cultural factors will be considered, as well as the interaction between Latin America and the larger society.  It will include an examination of the following topics: Ancient civilization, the European conquest, the growth and consolidation of Spanish and Portuguese colonies, race and slavery, regional unrest and revolt, the independence movements, the emergence of Latin American republics, revolution, U.S. and Latin American politics, and 20th century Latin cultural movements.  Additional focus will be directed to the role of religion, popular culture, national identity, and migration.

  

    R-1141-H   U.S. HISTORY FOR 10-11-12 1 UNIT  The course begins with an overview of U.S. history prior to the 1900's. State requirements for the Federal and State constitutions will be addressed. Students will learn about cultural, social, political, economic and technological developments from 1900-1930 during the first term. Second term will address these same issues from 1930 to the present.  Study skills, reading, writing and reasoning skills are also emphasized in this course.   This is a required course.

 

    A-1145-H  THE PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY FOR 12 1 UNIT Students will examine traditional and contemporary philosophical problems by reading words of major contributors of western philosophy. The emphasis will be on discussion of the materials read. This course is highly recommended for students taking AP English because this course’s content is a part of the AP English exam.

 

    R-1149-H  ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY FOR 9      1/2 UNIT    The course emphasizes world history and geography through a historical approach. Significant historical time periods are covered in this course from the early river valley civilizations through the middle ages.  Some of the major issues that will be covered include migrations, religions, traditions, the family, change, the future, the arts, the roles of men and women, geographic location, map reading, relationships among places and physical geography. A gradual, controlled teacher directed pace is utilized. Placement is based on entrance criteria. This course addresses Illinois State Goals 14, 16, 17 & 18 for Social Studies and reinforces concepts learned in the Reading Foundations course.

 

    A-1149-F  ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY HONORS FOR 9      1/2 UNIT    The course emphasizes world history and geography through a historical approach. Significant historical time periods are covered in this course from the early river valley civilizations through the middle ages.  Some of the major issues that will be covered include migrations, religions, traditions, the family, change, the future, the arts, the roles of men and women, geographic location, map reading, relationships among places and physical geography. A gradual, controlled teacher directed pace is utilized. Placement is based on entrance criteria. This course addresses Illinois State Goals 14, 16, 17 & 18 for Social Studies and reinforces concepts learned in the Reading Foundations course.

 

    A-1153-H  AP UNITED STATES HISTORY  FOR 10-11-12  1 UNIT   This course is designed for the university-bound junior or senior who plans to take the Advanced Placement American History Test in May. This course is offered in lieu of the traditional U.S. History class. The course offers a traditional rigorous approach to U.S. History. The standards for the course are established with the National College Board. The AP Test includes the colonial period through the present. The course will be offered to qualified students who have not already taken U.S. History.  PREREQUISITE: Recommendations from previous Social Studies and English teachers, recommendation of instructor where appropriate, parental approval and counselor recommendation.

 

    A-1155 AP United States Government and Politics Course Description  FOR 12  1 UNIT  The College Board goals and topics for AP United States Government and Politics are the focus of this survey course. It is a rigorous and intensive study of not only the functions of our government, but the theories, ideas, beliefs, and perspectives that shape it. This course operates on a college level to prepare students to successfully achieve college credit through an acceptable score on the AP exam for United States Government and Politics given in May.  Prerequisites:  Senior status and placement by counselor.  Length: Full Year Elective

 

   R-1165-H GLOBAL ISSUES AND SOCIETY 11-12 1 UNIT   Global Issues and Society is a course addressing the contemporary global concerns of the 21st Century.  This course is designed to be exciting and thought provoking.  Students in this course will learn about the modern world and be prepared to formulate their own ideas and opinions regarding how to deal with complex global issues.  This course emphasizes problems as they affect society and the individual.  Areas covered will be selected from such topics as introduction to the study of social problems, problem solving, decision making, crime and violence, conflict, nationalism, peacemaking, human rights, natural resources and the environment, overpopulation, education, foreign affairs, unemployment, sex roles, prejudice and discrimination, poverty, and personal survival and alienation.  Active class involvement will be expected of each student.

 

    R-1169- I  HONORS ECONOMICS FOR 10  1/2 UNIT    In this course students will examine the concepts of economics in America.   Economic concepts will include micro and macro economics and international trade.  This course includes consumer education topics required by state law.  Pre Advanced Placement course work is accelerated and includes abstract analysis and individual/group research.  Honors Economics is intended to prepare students for Advanced Placement courses.

 

    R-1171- I  ECONOMICS FOR 10   1/2 UNIT    Economics is designed to meet goals under Illinois State Learning Standard 15.  The Economics material is introductory in nature and will give students a sampling of many different economic concepts.  Economics is the study of how the goods and services we want are produced and distributed among us, as well as how our scarce productive resources are used to satisfy human wants.  Upon completion of this portion of the course students will need to gain a fundamental understanding of these concepts as well as their roles within our economic system as a consumer and within the larger global picture. This is a required course.

 

    R-1175-H AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY FOR 12   1 UNIT    This course is an introductory survey of the history and culture of African Americans and an examination of their philosophical and intellectual traditions.  In the course, students are introduced to the West African origins of African Americans, slavery, emancipation, historical individuals, legal cases, civil rights movement and contemporary issues are addressed by using interdisciplinary approaches of their socio-cultural development in the American context, and an investigation of their contributions to the development of United States history and culture are examined.  This course addresses Illinois State Goals 14, 15, 16 and 17 for Social Studies.

 

    R-1177-H  AMERICAN LAW  FOR 11-12  1 UNIT  This course covers criminal law, torts (legal wrongs against the person), real property (including landlord and tenant), contracts, consumer law, domestic relations (marriage, divorce, adoption) and individual rights (constitutional law). The format of the course includes case studies, role-playing, simulation, mock trials, and guest speakers.

 

    A-1185-H  HONORS PSYCHOLOGY  FOR 11-12   1 UNIT  This course attempts to help the individual student enhance their ability to understand, predict and control their own behavior and the behavior of others. This course is particularly valuable as a college preparatory course but is also suitable for non-college bound students. Special projects and course work will focus on topics such as physiology of behavior, learning, motivation, personality, and maladjustment behavior.

 

    A-1186  AP PSYCHOLOGY FOR 11-12  1 UNIT   Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience—from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged.  The Advanced Placement program offers a course and exam in psychology to qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in Psychology.  The exam presumes at least one semester of college-level preparation which this course will fulfill.  The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within Psychology.  They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  Summer reading will be required as preparation for the course.

 

    A-1187- SOCIOLOGY  FOR 11-12   1 UNIT   In this course students will examine the social structure of our society, social interaction amongst individuals and groups, and the major social institutions in America. Students will be exposed to these concepts through the study of culture, socialization, stratification, and social problems that affect our society and shape our history.  Coursework will include research and discussion on the topics listed above.  This course addresses Illinois State Goals 16 and 18 for Social Studies.

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