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Secondary Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

High School Social Studies Course Descriptions

  • World Geography
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    World Geography is the study of the world’s peoples, places, and environments, with a focus on world regions. Particular emphasis is placed on students’ understanding and applying geographic concepts and skills to their daily lives. All students take the SOL test for World Geography.

    In the Honors level of the course, students will use geographic resources, inquiry, research, and technology skills to ask and answer geographic questions for a more in-depth study of geography. (+0.5 weighted credit for Honors)

  • AP Human Geography
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    AP Human Geography is a rigorous Advanced Placement course that focuses on theoretical and practical applications in the field of geographic inquiry. It provides students with the opportunity for hands-on, in-depth study of human geography through classroom discussion, cooperative activities, technology activities, cartography, readings, lab work, and outside research and fieldwork. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination and the SOL test for World Geography. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • World History I
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until 1500 AD. Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the world. All students take the SOL test for World History and Geography to 1500 AD.

  • Honors World History
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    Students who take Honors level World History (+0.5 weighted) will take World History I during first semester and World History II during the second semester of a single year. The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until the present. Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the world. All students take both the SOL test for World History and Geography to 1500 AD and the test for World History and Geography1500 AD to present.

  • AP World History
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    At the Advanced Placement level, world history students go beyond a general understanding of world history. They use analytic skills and write extensively on the major themes of history from the foundations of civilization to the present day. Students are given the opportunity to “do history” by using the steps a historian would in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide. The study of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe offers a balanced coverage of world history. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, as well as the SOL test for World History and Geography to 1500 AD and World History and Geography 1500 AD to present. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • United States and Virginia History
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. Students will learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography. They will obtain a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. All students take the SOL test for VA & United States History.

    In the Honors level course, students go beyond a general understanding of history and use historical and geographical analysis skills to explore events, people, and ideas in American history. (0.5 weighed credit for Honors)

  • AP United States History
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    As an Advanced Placement course, this course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with problems in U. S. History. Students will learn how to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will write extensively to perfect their essay writing and critical thinking skills. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination and the SOL test for VA & United States History. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • United States and Virginia Government
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    This course will provide students with knowledge of Virginia and United States Government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the policy-making process; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy; and the American economic system.

    In the Honors level course, students go beyond a general understanding of government and economics. (+0.5 weighed credit)

  • AP United States Government
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    As an Advanced Placement course, this course will focus on the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States politics. Students will gain an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States both by studying the general concepts used to interpret U. S. politics and by analyzing specific examples. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U. S. government and politics and will write extensively to perfect their essay writing and critical thinking skills. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination for U.S. Government and Politics.

    This course will satisfy the US Government credit requirement for the diploma. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • AP Comparative Government
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    This Advanced Placement course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Students will write extensively to perfect their writing and thinking skills. All students will take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination for Comparative Government and Politics. This is an elective course. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • Sociology
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    Sociology is the study of human relationships. Topics include the family, social groups, minorities, propaganda, education, and rural and urban problems. The student who has a reading problem and/or is unable to do abstract reasoning will have difficulty with many of the class assignments. This is an elective course.

  • Introductory Psychology
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    Introductory Psychology is a beginning study of the subject of psychology. Some of the topics studied are principles of learning, types of personality, understanding human behavior, patterns of behavior, emotional and behavioral adjustments, group influences, and psychology and society. This is an elective course.

  • Psychology in Film Pilot at Warwick HS
    (Semester Course)
    Credit: ½ credit

    This one semester course presents a study of the major topics of psychology using the medium of film. Students will study concepts and then see a demonstration of these concepts in modern film. Students will do research, write critiques, and do project presentations. This is an elective course.

  • AP Psychology
    Prerequisites: None
    Grade Level: 11-12
    Credit: ½ credit per semester

    This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields of psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. This is an elective course. (+1.0 weighted credit)

  • International Relations
    (Semester Course)
    Credit: ½ credit

    International Relations is a one-semester course that includes the study of the nation, state, and international law. Areas included in the study are Europe, China, The Far East, The Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and a study of the United Nations through its history and development, structure, and problems. This is an elective course.

  • A Multicultural World
    (Semester Course)
    Credit: ½ credit

    The United States is a diverse nation, yet the voices of her people are not always heard, the contributions of her cultures are not always acknowledged, and the experiences of her past are not always recognized. In this course, students will explore cultures, identify ancestral roots, learn about American immigration, study minority group experiences, investigate prejudice, and unite in a celebration of differences and similarities. This is an elective course.

  • Practical Law
    (Semester Course)
    Credit: ½ credit (may be repeated)

    Practical Law is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the law as it applies to them as citizens of the United States and the commonwealth of Virginia. Utilization of case studies and community resources is emphasized. This is an elective course.