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Social Science

Semester Course
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Students will gain a working understanding of the American government. The curriculum is tailored, so that it reflects the democracy in which we live by encouraging participation, interest, and representation. By the end of the semester the students will have gained an understanding of the Constitution, Civil Rights, the role of the media, political parties, the election process, local government, state government, the court system, and the federal government's three branches.
Semester Course (ECHS only)
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
This course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. Major units include:
 
  • Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government;
  • Political Beliefs and Behaviors;
  • Political Parties;
  • Interest Groups;
  • Mass Media;
  • Institutions of National Government: The Congress; The Presidency; The Bureaucracy and The Federal Courts;
  • Public Policy; and
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Students enrolled in AP Government are expected to take AP Macroeconomics.  
Semester Course
 
Fulfills “G” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Economics is designed to expose the student to the operations of the free market and competitive economic systems. Emphasis will be placed on free market operation and theory, supply and demand, the price system, competition, and the many roles played by various government agencies. Students will be introduced to both micro and macroeconomic concepts. Students will be exposed to a financial planning unit in which each student will be expected to participate in a stock simulation.
Year Course (ECHS only)
 
Fulfills “G” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (ECHS only)
 
AP Macroeconomics is a one-semester college-level course. At the end of this course, each student will be prepared to take an AP Exam in Macroeconomics. Passing the AP test may allow students to earn up to three college credits. Macroeconomics is the understanding of economic principles and how they are applied to the economy. The program is aimed at providing students with the analytical skills necessary to deal with problems in the economy. The course aims at making students ready to take more advance economic courses in college. Students enrolled in AP Macroeconomics are expected to take AP Government (ECHS only).
Year Course (ECHS only)

Fulfills “G” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Ethnic Studies Honors is designed to give 11th and 12th grade students an introduction to the experiences of ethnic communities that are rarely represented in textbooks. It is also a compelling way to examine race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture in the United States. The course equips students with a critical lens to see the world and their place in it by understanding systems and power at the root of American society and aims to motivate students to actively engage in our democracy.
Semester Course
 
Fulfills SSFUSD graduation requirement only
 
A course designed to cover areas required by the State of California. The course deals with health-related subjects which include CPR, first aid, alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, STIs and reproductive health.
Year Course
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
The Modern World History course examines major events from the 1700s to the present day that helped shape the modern world as we know it. This course will study the rise of democratic ideas, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, concluding with the study of contemporary issues and globalization. Included will be the analysis of historical themes present in different events as well as cause and effect relationships throughout time.
Year Course
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
AP World History is a college-level course focusing on developing students' understanding of world history from approximately 1200 CE to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, while developing and using the same thinking skills and methods employed by historians in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
Year Course
 
Fulfills “G” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Primarily a senior course, Psychology is also open to a limited number of juniors when space is available. This course offers the opportunity to develop a better understanding of why individuals behave as they do. Areas of study include the development of personality, emotional development, mental health, mental illness, psychoanalysis and behavior modification, learning and intelligence, family and social relationships, and communication. The content of the course relates to the problems that high school students may encounter. An elective course, it is not used to make up for other social studies classes. MBRFC
Year Course
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
This course examines the major turning points in American history and concentrates on the twentieth century. Topics reviewed include the Progressive Era, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Watergate, and the Reagan Years.
Year Course
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
 
An advanced survey course geared towards developing an appreciation for and understanding of the process of historical inquiry; an understanding of the history of the U.S. in political, economic, social and cultural terms; and improvement of writing, research, and critical reading skills.
Semester Course (ECHS only)
 
Fulfills “A” of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements
 
Designed for general level and college-prep freshman, this course serves as an introduction to Modern World History. Students will study the history, physical geography, politics, culture, literature, religion, architecture, social structure, and economy of the seven world regions. This course will provide students with a global awareness and a multicultural perspective, ultimately preparing students for their role as a global citizen in today’s world.