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Social Studies Electives

AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT - SS426

Credit: .5
Grade: 11, 12
Note: This course does NOT satisfy the U.S. Government course graduation requirement.

AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students compare the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues by examining how different governments solve similar problems. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

  • AP
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY - SS452 (APEUHIST)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisites: World History

AP European History is an in-depth analysis of the period from 1450 to the present. In addition to the basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the program are to develop an understanding of principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence and an ability to express that understanding and analysis in writing. Material is presented in a seminar style. Students are expected to carefully read assigned materials and actively participate in class discussion. Both the reading level and the subject matter of materials used are college level. It is assumed that students entering the class have completed high school world history and are already familiar with basic chronology and terminology. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement European History exam.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AP PSYCHOLOGY - SS437 (APPSYCH)

Credit: .5
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: None

Note: Beginning in the fall of 2022, this will be a .5 credit, 1 semester course.

The Psychology AP 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 practice. This course serves as preparation for the AP Exam given in May.

  • AP
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: None
PSYCHOLOGY I - SS440 (PSYCH)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction and general overview of psychology; the scientific study of mental processes and behaviors. Students will study research methods used in psychology, the history of the field, and other units such as the states of consciousness, conditioning, learning and memory, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology. Students will use a textbook as well as related articles, films and other media that illustrate these concepts.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
SOCIOLOGY - SS445 (SOC)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Sociology is the study of human behavior in relationships and in the groups that surround us every day. Students will study patterns of human interaction in such settings as families, peer groups, school, religious organizations, and society in general. Students will also study how these groups are affected by culture, socioeconomic status, gender and race. The class will emphasize discussion and participation, reading from the text and outside sources, and seeing sociological concepts illustrated in film and media.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL - SS451 (SPTSS)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course will take a humanities approach in the study of Rock & Roll, from its origins in blues to its development into heavy metal and hip-hop. Music, history, and literature will come together to illustrate the social and political context from which the different genres within Rock & Roll emerged. Areas of exploration will include tracing the emergence of this distinctly American music form from its roots in gospel, blues, country, and jazz; the expression of the generation gap in the 1960’s through soul and the British Invasion; a survey of the music that reflected both disillusionment and hope for change in the Vietnam era; and the ongoing fragmentation as seen in sub-genres such as punk, arena rock, grunge, and hip-hop.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY - SS465 (PFL)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This interactive, research-based course will contribute to the development of citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed financial decisions that will allow them to lead financially secure lifestyles and understand personal financial responsibility. Students will apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to analyze decisions involving earning and spending; saving and investing; credit and borrowing; insuring and protecting; and college and postsecondary education and training.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
MODEL UNITED NATIONS - SS454 - (SPTSS)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Model United Nations is a research-based class in which students will build critical thinking and analysis skills to successfully participate in Model United Nations simulations. In Model United Nations, students are assigned countries to represent in committees with assigned topics that reflect current or historical issues within the framework of what the United Nations Committee might discuss. Students must research extensively to understand the background of the issue itself, as well as how their assigned nation has acted or responded in relation to the topic. In the course we will look at major bodies of the UN, issues they have addressed both past and current, and prepare for a mock conference with guidance in research skills, public speaking, written argumentation, collaboration, and negotiation. The ultimate goal in Model UN is to collaborate with others to build consensus and write resolutions to solve these world issues in pragmatic ways.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
STUDENT COUNCIL/LEADERSHIP - SS464 (STULEAD)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Election to Student Council as an Officer or Sponsor Approval

A student who is elected to the Student Council as an officer will have an assigned period during the day to meet with the Council sponsor to conduct the business of the Student Council. The duties and responsibilities of an officer may be obtained from a Student Council sponsor. This class may only be taken one time for state credit toward graduation.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
TEEN TEACHING I - TC460

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Completed Application, Teacher Approval and References Required

The primary objective of Teen Teaching is to develop student’s leadership skills through involvement in small group activities with elementary and middle school students and allow them to see the impact they have as positive role models within the EISD community. Students serve as mentors to younger students, prepare and teach lessons in elementary classrooms, and provide leadership at Live Oak Adventure and the Pedernales Expedition. Students will develop and practice leadership and communication skills, group dynamics, positive role modeling, discussion facilitation, and methods of establishing and maintaining relationships based on respect and trust. Each student must make and keep a drug/alcohol/tobacco free commitment to remain a part of the program and be involved in Live Oak Adventure or the Pedernales Expedition.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
TEEN TEACHING II - TC461 (FAMCOSRV)

Credit: 1.0 credit
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Teen Teaching I and Teacher Approval

Teen Teaching II is a continuation of the application of skills learned in Teen Teaching I. Special emphasis is placed on leadership in peer assistance programs.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 12