• Social Studies Courses offered at Columbus North High School


    World History
    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grade 9 or 10
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    World History emphasizes events and developments in the past that greatly affected large numbers of people across broad areas and that significantly influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. Key events related to people and places as well as transcultural interaction and exchanges are examined in this course. Students are expected to compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world. They will examine examples of continuity and change, universality and particularity, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures from the past to the present. Students are also expected to practice skills and process of historical thinking and research and apply content knowledge to the practice of thinking and inquiry skills and processes. There will be continuous and pervasive interactions of processes and content, skills and substance, in the teaching and learning of history.

    Geography and History of the World 

    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grade 9 or 10
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    Geography and History of the World is designed to enable students to use geographical skill and historical concepts to deepen their understanding of major global themes that have manifested themselves over time such as the origin and spread of world religions, population and urban growth, exploration, imperialism, innovations, revolutions, conflict, trade, and national political organization. Students are expected to practice skills of geographic and historical thinking that involve analyzing, evaluating, making predictions, acquiring information from primary sources, organizing information, researching, and presenting and documenting findings orally and in writing. This course will provide students with a world historical survey beginning with the ancient river civilizations, but the primary focus will be on events for the period beginning in 1000 CE. Geography themes will include change over time, cultural landscape, diffusion, human environment interactions, physical systems, and spatial organization and variation. 
     
    United States History
    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grade 11
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    United States History emphasizes national development in the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries and builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American History. Students in this course also identify and review significant events, figures, and movements in the early development of the nation. After providing such a review, the course gives major emphasis to the interaction of historical events and geographic, social, and economic influences on national development in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A chronological, topical, or comparative approach can be used in developing themes from America's past as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States today. Students demonstrate the ability to trace and analyze chronological periods and examine the relationships of significant themes and concepts in United States history. Students will be able to sequence historical events, examine cause and effect, identify different perspectives, and relate historical situations to current issues. Opportunities are given to develop inquiry skills by gathering and organizing information from primary source material and a variety of historical and contemporary sources, accounts, and documents. Investigation of themes and issues include analysis of the importance of cultural pluralism and diversity of opinion in American society. Students learn to exercise their skills as citizens in a democratic society by engaging in problem solving and civic decision-making in the classroom, school, and community settings. Investigation of themes and issues include an analysis of the importance of cultural pluralism and diversity of opinion in American society. Students are given opportunities to exercise their skills as citizens in a democratic society by engaging in problem solving and civic decision-making in the classroom, school, and community settings. Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion and thinking skills.
     

    United States History - Advanced Placement

    2 semesters, 2 credits

    Grades 11

    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA CourseUnited States History - AP follows college Board Entrance Examinations guidelines, and students will be prepared to take the AP exam for college credit. See United States History for full course description.

    United States Government
    1 semester,1 credit
    Grade 12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    United States Government provides a framework for understanding the nature and importance of responsible civic participation and for learning the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a constitutional democracy. The course enables students to explore the historic origins and evolution of political philosophies into contemporary political and legal systems. Constitutional structure and the processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national, state, and local levels of government are examined. Students learn to draw conclusions about the impact and interrelationships of history, geography, and economics upon our system of government. They also learn to demonstrate an understanding of the governmental structures of the United States and other political systems, as well as the relationship of American government to world affairs. Students learn to analyze the roles of individuals and groups in the political process by identifying and analyzing political issues. They also learn to access data from primary and secondary resources and use current technology to access relevant source materials and as a tool for producing documents in support of learning projects. Students have opportunities to take, defend, and evaluate positions on current issues that impact political decision making. They should understand their ability to influence policies and decisions as individuals and in groups. Related learning experiences in the school and community enable students to learn how to participate effectively in the political process. The study of United States Government also offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, inquiry skills, and the means to preserve and improve our constitutional democracy. Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion, and thinking skills.
     
     
    United States Government and Politics - Advanced Placement
    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grade 12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    PREREQUISITE: It is highly recommended that US History, US History AP, or American Studies be taken before taking this course.
    United States Government and Politics - Advanced Placement follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines, and students will be prepared to take the AP exam for college credit. See United States Government for full course description.
     
     
    Economics
    1 semester, 1 credit
    Grade 12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    Economics includes the study of the allocation of scarce resources and their alternative uses for satisfying human wants. This course examines the basic models of decision making at various levels and in different area including:  1) decisions made as a consumer, producer, saver, investor, and voter, 2) business decisions to maximize profits, and 3) public policy decisions in specific markets dealing with output and prices in the national economy.  Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion, and thinking skills.
     
     
    Macroeconomics - Advanced Placement 
    1 semester, 1 credit
    Grade 12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course

    PREREQUISITE: It is highly recommended that U.S. History, U.S. History AP, or American Studies are taken before taking this course.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Macroeconomics-Advanced Placement follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines and students will be prepared to take the AP exam for college credit. See Economics for full course description.

     
     
    Macroeconomics - Advanced Placement
    1 semester, 1 credit
    Grade 12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    PREREQUISITE: It is highly recommended that US History, US History AP, or American Studies be taken before thinking this course.
    Macroeconomics-Advanced Placement follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines and student will be prepared to take the AP exam for college credit. See Economics for full course description.
     
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES
     
    NOTE:  Electives are offered based on student demand.  Electives offered and scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year are:  Humanities, AP  European History , Psychology, AP Psychology, Sociology & AP Human Geography
     

    Humanities

    open grades 10-12
    1 semester, 1 credit per semester

    Available for Early College Credit (Dual Credit)

    Approximate cost per semester: $1.00

    Meets requirements: THD, AHD, Core 40, GS

    Prerequisite(s): Must have passed 31101 World History and Civilization or 31102 Geography and History of the World with a grade of C or better

    Content drawn from human history, philosophy, the arts, religion, literature, and the state of human existence, including issues of cause and effect derived from disciplines that include: political science, linguistics, prejudice and discrimination, archeology, comparative religions, and the arts. Particular attention is given to the relevance of these applications in regard to the current conditions of life with student projects that depict an understanding of such disciplines.


     
    European History - Advanced Placement (37010)
    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grades 10-12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    European History – Advanced Placement follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines, and students will be prepared to take the AP exam for college credit. This course surveys European intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social and economic history from the Renaissance to the present.
     
    Psychology
    1 semester, 1 credit
    Grades 10-12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    Psychology provides an opportunity to study individual and social psychology and how the knowledge and methods of psychologists are applied to the solution of human problems. Content for the course includes insights into behavior patterns and adjustments to social environments. The course will develop critical attitudes toward superficial generalizations about human beings, respect for the difficulty of establishing the truth of a proposition, and a heightened sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion, and thinking skills.
     
     
    AP Psychology
    2 semesters, 2 credits
    Grades 10-12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    Psychology-College Credit enables students to earn up to six hours of college credit at the same time they receive 2 high school elective credits. Psychology provides an opportunity to study individual and social psychology and how the knowledge and methods of psychologists are applied to the solution of human problems. Topics covered include a thorough discussion and application of research methodology and statistical analysis in addition to the traditional topics of social, developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychology. Students will gain insights into behavior patterns and adjustments to social environments. The course will develop critical attitudes toward superficial generalizations about human beings, respect the the difficulty of establishing the truth of a proposition, and a heightened sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion, and thinking skills. In order to earn Indiana University credit, students must pay tuition set by Indiana University and must earn a C or better in the course.
     
     
    Sociology
    1 semester, 1 credit
    Grades 10-12
    A Core 40, AHD and NCAA Course
    Sociology provides opportunities for students to study group behavior and basic human institutions. Broad areas of content include the study of institutions found in all societies and could involve:
    1. the family
    2. religion
    3. community organizations
    4. political and social groups
    5. leisure time organizations
    Moral values, traditions, folkways, the mobility of people and other factors in society which influence group will also be explored. Students will develop effective reading, writing, research, discussion, and thinking skills.
     

    AP Human Geography

    Open to grades 10-12

    2 semesters, 1 credit per semester

    Approximate cost per semester: $22.26

    Meets requirements: THD, AHD, Core 40, NCAA, GS

    This AP level course will follow the College Board Entrance Examination guidelines and is offered for the college bound student who needs a rigorous treatment equivalent to a college freshman course and has a serious interest in becoming more geo-literate, engaged in contemporary global issues and more multicultural in their viewpoints. You will develop skills to approach problems geographically, using maps and geospatial technologies, thinking critically and applying geographic concepts such as scale, region and diffusion among others. Students will be expected to take the AP exam at the end of the school year for possible credit.
     
     
     
     
Last Modified on January 26, 2017