Presque Isle High School Social Studies


Social Studies Mission Statement

Social studies is the study of political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of societies in the past, and in the present. It is also, the integrated study of the social studies and humanities to encourage civic responsibility, and to provide a framework for lifelong participation in the community.

A democracy requires educated citizens who can make informed decisions. Social studies helps students understand and participate in the democratic process. As our society becomes more culturally diverse and we live in a more interdependent world the social studies provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future. It helps explain their relationship to other people, and to social and political institutions.

Our purpose is that students not only learn information but also how to learn so that they can continue to seek the knowledge that will allow them to reach their full potential and be productive members of society.


Social Studies Department Faculty


Zachary Powers
Zachary Powers
Department Chair
(AP US History II, World Studies)

James York
George Knox III
(World Studies, Psychology, Sociology, 60's & 70's Culture, Unsolved Mysteries in History)
Jen Bourassa
Jennifer Bourassa
(AP Psychology)


Joel Hall

James York
James York
(World Studies, CP Civics, Civics, CP American Studies)

Mike Waugh
 

Social Studies Course Descriptions

 

ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY (1 CREDIT)Grades 11&12
Advanced Psychology is a one-year course designed to mirror an entry-level college course in Psychology. The course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This course is designed to support students in passing the AP Psychology exam.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND THE COURT SYSTEM (1 CREDIT) Grades 11&12
This course is designed to give student a basic understanding of the American legal system and due process. There is a strong emphasis on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from a practical perspective. Both criminal and civil law are studied, and legal obligations of contracts as well as family law are addressed. Other topics include capital punishment, OUI, effects of big business, and current events.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (1⁄2 CREDIT) Grades 11&12
Psychology is the study of human behavior and behavioral patterns. It deals with the nature and causes of human behavior. In this course, emphasis is given to actions, traits, attitudes, thoughts, and mental states of individuals and groups of people.

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (1⁄2 CREDIT) Grades 11&12
This course studies people and their behavior in groups. Various social problems such as poverty, minorities, and problems of mass society are also addressed. The course analyzes why humans act the way they do in a variety of situations.

WORLD STUDIES (1 CREDIT) Grade 9
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the variety of human cultures and physical environments on earth. Students gain a deeper understanding of geography. This course will include a historical perspective of the five themes of geography. The five themes of location, place, people-environment/relationships, movement, and region will be studied. Students will evaluate and analyze information as they master geography skills and concepts. This course will help students understand the challenges of providing for people and preserving the planet.

CIVICS (1 CREDIT) Grade 10
Civics and Economics provides a study of political, legal, and economic systems in the United States and around the world. This course encourages students to hone citizenship skills as they engage in critical issues facing contemporary society. After briefly exploring the history of government, Civics relates how American colonists adopted, in large part, the English form of government. Next, it reviews the changes brought about by the Continental Congress, the Articles of Confederation, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the other Amendments. Students also learn about the federal government with its three major branches, state and local governments, citizenship, political parties, and elections. It concludes with the basic issues of government and foreign policy.

CP CIVICS (1CREDIT) Grade 10
This course is for the college preparatory student. Civics and Economics provides a study of political, legal, and economic systems in the United States and around the world. This course encourages students to hone citizenship skills as they engage in critical issues facing contemporary society. After briefly exploring the history of government, Civics relates how American colonists adopted, in large part, the English form of government. Next, it reviews the changes brought about by the Continental Congress, the Articles of Confederation, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the other Amendments. Students also learn about the federal government with its three major branches, state and local governments, citizenship, political parties, and elections. It concludes with the basic issues of government and foreign policy. Current events will be incorporated when relevant.

AMERICAN STUDIES (beginning in 2013-14 school year) (1 CREDIT) Grade 11
This course is designed for non-college bound students. This is a survey course covering the Gilded Age to the Present. Current Events are incorporated when they relate to the curriculum.

CP AMERICAN STUDIES (beginning in 2013-14 school year) (1 CREDIT) Grade 11
CP American Studies is designed for the college preparatory student. CP American Studies is a survey course beginning with the Gilded Age and continues through to the Present. Assignments will include outside reading as well as individual and group projects. The course includes an analysis of current world problems and how they affect the United States.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY II (1 CREDIT) 2012-2013 school year only Grade 11
Prerequisite: AP US History I
This course is the second of a two-year sequence that will cultivate the analytic skills and factual knowledge prepares students for advanced college courses by offering them an opportunity to weigh and judge interpretations presented in historical scholarship. As in the previous year, the course will be writing- intensive; it continues from AP US History I and takes students from the Vietnam War era to the present during the first quarter of the year. With the knowledge of US History necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment, students will hone the skills necessary to effectively complete Document Based Questions. The course will center on preparing students for the AP US History exam, providing them the opportunity to earn college credits in May.

CP U.S. HISTORY II (1 CREDIT) 2012-2013 school year only Grade 11 CP U.S. History is designed for the college preparatory student and is a survey of past historical events. The first quarter will focus on the study of historical concepts important to the understanding of the growth of the United States and its role in today's world. A more in-depth study will focus on twentieth century America and current world problems beginning with World War II. Assignments include outside readings as well as individual and group projects.

U.S. HISTORY II (1 CREDIT) 2012-2013 school year only Grade 11 United States History is designed for non-college bound students and is a survey course beginning with World War II. The course includes an analysis of current world problems and how they affect the United States and the rest of the world. Student placement in specific sections of these courses will be made if learning difficulties are indicated

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF HISTORY (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12
This course is designed to allow students to take an in-depth look at some of the questions history has left unanswered. This semester long course will introduce evidence and theories behind some historical events. At the
end of this course, students will be asked to formulate their own theories on how these events unfolded.

60'S & 70'S COUNTER CULTURE IN AMERICA (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the development of the counter culture in America during the 1960's and 1970's. There will be a strong emphasis on how Vietnam affected American culture as well as
other topics such as music, civil rights, and the impact of the Baby Boomer generation coming to power.

 

For additional information on courses and graduation requirements,
please refer to the PIHS Program of Studies handbook.


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Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014