The Social Studies Department
The Coatesville Area High School Social Studies Department is committed to delivering a vibrant social studies program that provides students with the requisite skills to become active citizens. Within this program, students will study the social, political, economic, and geographic implications of the past and how those implications influence our present and the future. Students will also develop a deep understanding and appreciation of United States and world history. We are pleased to offer a variety of courses and subjects to our student body.
History and Social Studies Course Selections
NOTE: Student placement in Social Studies courses will be based upon the high school leveling rubric!
8241 PSYCHOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
9241 PSYCHOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grade 11-12
This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of human behavior and mental processing. This course will cover such areas as: history of psychology, biological basis of behavior, research methods, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, memory and personality.
8242 HONORS EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 9
8244 ACADEMIC EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 9
8248 EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 9
This course surveys the political, economic, and social development of the United States from its 18th century constitutional inception to its turn of the 20th century emergence as a world power. Concentrating primarily on domestic issues of American history, this course examines the themes of democracy, the impact of individuals and groups, diversity and equality, expansion, economic and technological development, and roles and rights of citizenship.
8252 HONORS EUROPEAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
8254 ACADEMIC EUROPEAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
8258 EUROPEAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
This course is a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments of European nations and their influential impact on cultures worldwide. Through examining the themes of democratic ideals, science and technology, cultural interaction, power and authority, economic development, and the impact of individuals and groups, empire building, and revolution, students will better understand the historical development of Western civilization and its influence around the world.
9232 HONORS AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ** 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course provides a reorientation of perspectives on African American experience in the U.S. It is designed to provide the student with comprehensive knowledge about the heinous institution of slavery and its offspring racial discrimination in America. This course will highlight obstacles African Americans have faced in their quest for freedom and then equality. Their story from Africa to America including their struggles, victories, and major contributions to this country and world civilization in sciences, the arts, etc, will also be explored. This course will help students understand the historical events and persons that have shaped the African American experience. Through use of videos, reading materials, and discussions, students will gain a new perspective on this large and diverse community of Americans. **This course can be taken for dual credit (pending approval). See page 5.
9220 AP WORLD HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grades 10-12
AP World History is an introductory college-level history course. This course will look at history in a global context, from the first primitive societies to our complex modern-day world. Students will use historical evidence, chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, and historical interpretation and synthesis to help to attain a global understanding of historical events. Unlike many history courses, this course examines all geographic areas throughout time, and includes a history of both Eastern and Western worlds.
9230 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grades 10-11
AP European History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit. It is a two-semester survey of European history from 1300 to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are paramount to success. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and verbal communication. A short research paper linking European literature and history is required per marking period.
9240 AP PSYCHOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grades 10-12 (prerequisites: at least 85% in previous Honors Social Studies class and teacher recommendation)
AP Psychology provides an opportunity for highly motivated students to prepare for taking the AP Psychology test. Success on this test could result in obtaining college credit in an introductory Psychology course. The course will cover all the major areas of Psychology.
9242 HONORS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9244 ACADEMIC AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9248 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
The American Government course will focus primarily on the institutions of the U.S. government, the Bill of Rights, and related topics. This course will also include an Economics component.
9250 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 1.0 Credit Grade 12 (prerequisite: AP, Honors, or Academic Modern American History and teacher recommendation)
This course prepares students to take the national AP Exam which may lead to earning college credits. The course covers issues of constitutional development, institutions of government, the political process, and public policy.
9260 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grade 11 (prerequisites: at least 87% in previous English and History courses taken and teacher recommendation)
This course is an extremely demanding and intense study of American history from colonial times to the present. This course is taught at a college level. Due to the rigorous writing demands of this course, the prerequisites shown above must be adhered to.
9262 HONORS MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY *1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9264 ACADEMIC MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9268 MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
Modern merican History is a study of American history beginning with events leading to World War I. Topics include, but are not limited to: Imperialism, WWI, the Twenties, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, the Civil Rights struggle, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the Kennedy assassination. *9262 can be taken for dual credit (pending approval). See page 5.
9270 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 1.0 Credit Grades 10-12 (prerequisites: At least 85% in previous Honors Social Studies course and teacher recommendation)
AP Human Geography is the study of the distribution of people and their actions on the surface of the earth. This course is a combination of two social sciences: geography and sociology. This course will challenge students to make connections between humans and their global environment, while enhancing the study of all social sciences.
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