Social Studies

SPECIAL DEPARTMENT POLICIES

1.   Placement in Honors, Academic, or College Prep levels of World History, United States History, Government, and Economics will be determined by a student’s placement in his or her English classes.  Exceptions to this policy should be cleared with the instructor of the course and the Social Studies Department chairperson.

2.   College Prep World History parallels with College Prep English.

3.   Academic World History parallels with Academic English.

4.   Honors World History parallels with Honors English.

5.   World History AP is offered for Freshmen who score 95% or higher on the placement test and are enrolled in Honors English.  Students have the option of taking this course after their freshman year with teacher recommendation.


World History and Civilization (College Prep)

C510CF/C510CS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Required for freshmen concurrently enrolled in College Prep English 9.

Course Description:
This two-semester course emphasizes key events and developments in the past that influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. The primary focus of the course is to enable students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations and historical events. Students will develop and practice skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision making. They examine the key concepts of continuity and change, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures throughout the world from the past to the present. The course is designed to be a launching pad preparing for the increased rigor in American History, Government and Economics courses students will encounter in their later years at Cathedral.


World History and Civilization (Academic)

C510AF/C510AS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Required for freshmen or sophomores concurrently enrolled in Academic English 9 or 10.

Course Description:
This two-semester course emphasizes key events and developments in the past that influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. The primary focus of the course is to enable students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations. Students are expected to practice skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision making. They examine the key concepts of continuity and change, universality and individuality, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures throughout the world from the past to the present. Additional emphasis is placed on categorizing historical evidence, construction of a thesis, and presenting their analysis through written, and/or oral reports.


World History and Civilization (Honors)

C510XF/C510XS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Required for freshmen or sophomores concurrently enrolled in Honors English 9 or 10.

Course Description:
This two-semester course emphasizes key events and developments in the past that influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. The primary focus of the course is to enable students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations. Students are expected to practice skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision making. They examine the key concepts of continuity and change, universality and individuality, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures throughout the world from the past to the present. Additional emphasis is placed on categorizing historical evidence, construction of a thesis, and presenting their analysis through written, and/or oral reports. Readings in addition to the textbook are required. Students will analyze historical events by interpreting and synthesizing primary and secondary sources developing the skills necessary to construct historical essays.


World History, AP (Advanced Placement)

C511XF/C511XS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
This course is open to Honors English freshmen, Pre-IB students, freshmen scoring 95% or above on the placement test or with teacher recommendation. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
The AP World History course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of historic materials. The course includes an intensive study of history from 1200 through the present. Along with in-class lecture and discussion, the students will be required to engage in outside reading related to the class subject matter. Writing will be an integral part of AP World History. In preparing for courses at the college level, students will learn how to write analytically and understand materials in a historic frame of mind.


U.S. History (Academic)

C520AF/C520AS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores and juniors concurrently enrolled in English A, juniors concurrently enrolled in English CP, and to students in the Language Support Program.

Course Description:
This course is a comprehensive study of the events, issues and persons that have shaped American history. Students are tested on their knowledge of historical events with considerable emphasis placed on analysis and evaluation. Students are expected not only to learn historical facts of U.S. History, but will also be exposed to Historical skills; including the analysis of primary and secondary sources, the identification of broad historical themes, synthesize evidence including primary and secondary sources.


U.S. History, AP (Advanced Placement)

C523XF/C523XS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
AP or Honors World History, AP European History, or AP Human Geography or with teacher recommendation. Open to juniors. Summer reading notes assignment over textbook Chapters One through Four distributed to enrolled students by second week of JUNE. Assignments are DUE the first Friday of the fall semester. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students will learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretation presented in historical scholarship. The course develops the student’s skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.

*Course Fee*


ACP American History, H105 and H106 (Honors)

C525XF/C525XS                          2 Semesters                         2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Students taking IU courses through ACP must have at least a GPA of 2.70/4.0 and have completed 9th grade in addition to High School World History/Civilization or High School Geography/History of the World. A fee of $75.00 per semester is required by Indiana University. – Acceptance to take an ACP course does not guarantee admission to IU. These are minimum standards for admission to the ACP Program.

Course Description:
This is a dual credit course, allowing Honors U.S. History students the option of obtaining credit for studying U.S. History from both Cathedral High School and Indiana University. Topics addressed in H105 and H106 include the Colonial Period, the American Revolution, Confederation and Constitution, the national period to 1865, and the continuing evolution of American society and the US role in international affairs from 1865 to the present. Students will also be expected to master the skills of a 100 level college history class, including the ability to analyze primary sources, and distinguish between fact and opinion in media sources. A research project will be required during the spring semester. Semester exams will be in essay format written in the standard college Blue Books provided by Indiana University.

*Course Fee*


History of the Americas, IB HL (IB)

C521IF/C521IS                          4 Semesters                         4 Credits

Prerequisite:
Junior Year

Course Description:
The History of the Americas will be offered during the junior and senior years. This two year course will focus on the Prescribed IB 20th Century World History Subject; The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-1979, and the 20th Century World History topics; Causes, Practices and Effects of Wards and the Cold War. In regard to the Americas region, the course will focus on the Second World War and the Americas 1933 – 1945, the Cold War, and the Americas 1945 – 1981, and into the 21st century from the 1980s to 2000. An internal assessment, in the form of a history research paper, is required at the end of the senior year. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


History of the Americas, IB HL (IB)

C522IF/C522IS                          4 Semesters                         4 Credits

Prerequisite:
This is the second of the two year course and is taken by those Seniors who completed the first year requirement.

Course Description:
The History of the Americas will be offered during the junior and senior years. This two-year course will focus on the Prescribed IB 20th Century World History Subject of Rights and Protest. The 20th Century World History topics of focus will be Independence Movements (1800-2000) and Evolution and Development of Democratic States (1848-2000). In regard to the Americas region, the course will focus on the Mexican Revolution, Great Depression, WW II, Political Developments in Latin America and Caribbean (1945-1980), Political Developments in U.S. (1945-1980), the Cold War, as well as Civil Rights and Social Movements in the U.S. post-1945. An internal assessment, in the form of a history research paper, is required in the third semester. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


Government (Academic)

C534AF/C534AS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to juniors and seniors. Students must be enrolled in Academic English, AP English or the Pre-IB program.

Course Description:
This course provides a survey of how people formed contracts with those who govern them. Students will discuss comparative forms of governments and the origins of the US government from the colonial period to the present, focusing on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The course covers the three branches of our government, and how each works within the confines of the concept of separation of powers and the system of checks and balances. This course is taught through a project-based approach where students will be responsible for research and presentation of ideas.


U.S. Government & Politics, AP (Advanced Placement)

C591XF/C591XS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to Juniors and Seniors. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring. Students must have completed U.S. History before taking this class.

Course Description:
This course is designed to give students 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. The following is covered in the course curriculum: political theory, constitutional underpinnings of United States government, political beliefs and behaviors that lead individuals to vote a certain way, the influence of political parties, interest groups, and mass media on elections and government, the institutions of the national government such as Congress, the Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Federal Courts, and a study of individual civil rights and civil liberties through case law. While in class, students will participate in mock simulations, debates, and discussions over historical application of constitutional principles as well as current events. Being abreast of what is happening in the news will also be an important part to class.

*Course Fee*


U.S. Government & Politics, AP/We the People (Advanced Placement)

C506XF                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring. Students must have completed U.S. History before taking this class.

Course Description:
In this college level course, “We The People” (“WTP”) students will study the foundations, political theories, and practices of the U.S. government as they relate to and evolve from the United States’ Constitution. As such, U.S. case law is often used as the principal means to understand the development of our government. Students will be guided through the process of analyzing court opinions. The case law, along with textbook and outside readings, will develop the following core curriculum topics: philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system; how our framers created our Constitution; how the Constitution has changed to further the ideals of our Declaration of Independence; how values and principles embodied in the Constitution have changed American institutions and practices; rights that are protected under our Bill of Rights; and, challenges facing our American constitutional democracy in the 21st century. WTP students will participate in structured discussions and debates, as well as prepare written papers which will be orally presented at the end of the semester to local attorneys and judges to simulate a congressional hearing. The course will conclude with a traditional in-class final examination. This course will only be offered in the fall semester in order to accommodate years in which the Cathedral team enters the outside “WTP” competition.

*Course Fee*


Three Sectors Institute: Interdisciplinary studies in Economics, Government and Philanthropy (Honors)

C588XF/C588XS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
This two semester interdisciplinary study of the Private, Nonprofit and Public Sectors will fulfill Cathedral’s Economic and Government requirements. This interdisciplinary course of study will explore the structure, purpose, and links between the economic, philanthropic and public sectors and the role each plays in American Society. This course will resemble a college seminar with opportunities for site visits and guest lecturers from each of the three sectors giving the students the opportunity to explore their passion with a second semester internship in the Private, Nonprofit or Public Sector. The Three Sectors Institute will model Cathedral’s Next Generation Teaching and Learning methods providing authentic learning experiences that will inspire innovation, create lifelong connections, promote stewardship and enhance the public good.


Economics (Academic)

C544AF/C544AS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
This is the introductory course to the study of economics. This course is broken down into two surveys; nine weeks of microeconomics and nine weeks of macroeconomics. The microeconomic section will focus on the allocation of scarce resources and the rational decision making process involved to mitigate the situation. It will examine comparative economic systems, efficiency in production and allocation, supply and demand, international trade and decisions made by firms and industries. The macroeconomic section focuses on the US national economy and the role and effect it has on businesses. There will be units covering the role of government, measuring the economy, national income and economic stabilization through fiscal and monetary policy.


Principles of Economics (Honors)

C544XF/C544XS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
This is a dual credit advance level course in economics delves deeper into the concepts of economic thinking than an introductory course. It is designed to give the student the competencies needed to succeed in a university study of economic fundamentals. The course centers around a survey of both micro and macroeconomics through a detailed study of economic concepts and modeling. The student will come away with an in-depth knowledge of a firms decisions in regards to supply and demand and the elasticity of each component. They will also master the pricing and allocation mechanisms demonstrated by industries and firms. There will be a detailed study of the factors of production and product markets and how they determine the individual’s rational decisions. The student will also study macro concepts involving market measuring and stabilization. Studies will revolve around fiscal policy and monetary policy. They will examine in detail different budgeting policies and their consequences as well as how best to control inflation and the supply of money to ensure economic growth and prosperity.

*Course Fee*


Microeconomics, AP/IB (Advanced Placement) (IB)

C545XF/C545XS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to seniors only. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
FOR AP STUDENTS: The purpose of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. AP Microeconomics focuses on how economic decisions are made by individual people, businesses, and government. This course focuses on the individual markets and how businesses are structured and compete against one another. If students are looking to choose between this and AP Macroeconomics, those who are interested in business and accounting would enjoy this course more. While in this course, students will partake in class discussions, debates, simulations, and small group interactions. Some student projects assigned in this course will include a stock market simulation, entrepreneurship group project that creates a business, and creation of a personal and/or family budget.

FOR IB STUDENTS: All of the above applies. This is the first semester of the IB Economics sequence. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


Macroeconomics, AP/IB (Advanced Placement) (IB)

C547XF/C547XS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to seniors only. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
FOR AP STUDENTS: AP Macroeconomics is a one semester course that focuses on the economy as a whole. Macroeconomics is the study of measures of economic performance like unemployment, inflation, national income accounting, etc. Special attention is focused on basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, the financial sector, inflation unemployment and stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance. If students are choosing between this course and AP Microeconomics, those who are more interested in international relations, politics, the influence of the Federal Reserve, and how government affects the economy as a whole, AP Macroeconomics will be more interesting. Some student projects assigned in this course will include a stock market simulation, monopoly boards representing other countries economies, and creation of a personal and/or family budget.

FOR IB STUDENTS: All of the above applies. This is the second semester of the IB Economics sequence. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


Psychology AP (Advanced Placement)

C550XF/C550XS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
AP Psychology is a two semester course designed for college-bound seniors who wish to earn a college credit for Introductory Psychology or wish to explore Psychology in greater depth than a traditional high school course. To accomplish this, the course provides instruction in each of the following 14 content areas: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology. The goals of this course are to teach the foundation for the study of psychology, to teach skills necessary for a successful collegiate academic career, including critical thinking, language and study skills and prepare students for successful performance on the Advanced Placement exam for Psychology.

*Course Fee*


Psychology, IB SL (IB)

C553IF/C553IS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Must be a junior or a senior.

Course Description:
IB Psychology is a course designed for college-bound juniors and seniors who wish to explore Psychology in greater depth than a traditional high school course, or wish to earn credit towards earning an International Baccalaureate Diploma. The course will be offered at both the Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) with the SL course being completed in two semesters, and the HL course completed in four semesters. This course will trace the philosophical and historical roots of this emerging science. Students will examine research methods and statistics, culminating with students completing a simple experimental study in an area of his or her interest. All students will cover the the core of the IB Psychology curriculum in depth: the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural approaches to studying psychology. In addition, SL students will study in depth one of the following options, and HL students will study in depth two of the following options: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychology of Human Relationships. The goals of this course are to develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the benefit of human beings, develop an understanding of the various explanations of behavior, and understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


Psychology, IB HL (IB)

C552IF/C552IS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Senior Year. Students are required to take the IB exam upon completion of course. Seniors must have completed Standard Level IB Psychology as a junior.

Course Description:
IB Psychology is a course designed for college-bound seniors who wish to explore Psychology in greater depth than a traditional high school course, or wish to earn credit towards earning an International Baccalaureate Diploma. The course will be offered at both the Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) with the SL course being completed in two semesters, and the HL course completed in four semesters. This course will trace the philosophical and historical roots of this emerging science. Students will examine research methods and statistics, culminating with students completing a simple experimental study in an area of his or her interest. All students will cover the the core of the IB Psychology curriculum in depth: the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural approaches to studying psychology. In addition, SL students will study in depth one of the following options, and HL students will study in depth two of the following options: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychology of Human Relationships. The goals of this course are to develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the benefit of human beings, develop an understanding of the various explanations of behavior, and understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

*Course Fee*


Psychology (Academic)

C554AF/C554AS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only

Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes of humans and animals. Students will explore the nature of human behavior from varying psychological viewpoints, such as: behavioristic, psychoanalytic, cognitive, and humanistic models. Students exam research methods, biological basis of behavior, personality, social psychology, abnormal behavior, therapy, human development, learning, and memory. Lastly, students will be exposed to a variety of career paths stemming from the study of psychology. Students who are interested in a more in-depth study of psychology can enroll in AP or IB Standard level Psychology the following year.


Sociology (Academic)

C555AF/C555AS                              1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to Juniors and Seniors.

Course Description:
This course emphasizes the study of society in America. Students learn to use a sociological perspective to examine social issues by using the theories of structural function, social conflict and symbolic interaction. Topics covered include population, education, deviance, socialization, race and ethnicity, family, economy, and politics.


European History, AP (Advanced Placement)

C505XF/C505XS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors or seniors. Students must be enrolled in English X or by permission of course instructor or Department Chair. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
This course is a chronological study of the history of Europe from 1450 to the present day. The events of this history and the movements are explored through three themes: intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, and social and economic history. In addition to exposing students to the historical content listed above, an AP course should also train students to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events. The goals of the AP program in European History are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing. In this course writing assignments, research and outside readings will be required.

*Course Fee*


Human Geography, AP (Advanced Placement)

C501XF/C501XS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: This course is open to Honors sophomores and motivated juniors and seniors. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
AP Human Geography is designed to be a college introductory geography class. Major focus of the class is on the standards established by the College Board for AP Human Geography. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of human geography and will be provided with a geographic framework for the analysis of current world problems. This course develops students’ ability to ask geographic questions, acquire, organize, and analyze geographic information, and answer geographic questions. Students will be introduced to a geographic information system (ArcView) as a method for dealing with geographic data. Some writing assignments, research and outside readings will be required.

*Course Fee*


Sports History and Culture (Academic)

C585AF/C585AS                               1 Semester                      1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
As Cathedral continues its push for 21st century learning and skills, students must also be equipped with cultural competency that will help them become “citizens of the world” per the Portrait of a Graduate. This one-semester course will emphasize the use of relevant articles, documentaries, texts and readings about historical events and what role sports played in that event. This course will also help students form opinions about how American culture has been shaped by the sports landscape. Topics discussed will be centered around equality, nationalism, gender issues, tragedy and impacts on modern culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to focus on and answer three major questions: How have sports positively and negatively impacted the fabric of American culture? How have sports displayed a public theater for Americans to watch as historical events unfold? How have sports served as an agent of social change regarding social class, race and ethnicity, gender, media and international political affairs?


AP Art History (Advanced Placement)

C702XF/C702XS                              2 Semesters                      2 Credits

Prerequisite:
This course is open to Honors sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring. There is an AP fee associated with this course.

Course Description:
This course is an equivalent to an introductory collage art history survey. The focus will be on developing students’ art historical skills as they examine and analyze major forms of artistic expression from a variety of cultures from ancient times to the present. This course involves critical thinking and will develop an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other mediums that are utilized throughout our world. Visual analysis is a fundamental tool for the art historian. The course will also emphasize understanding how and why the works of art function in a context, considering such issues as patronage, gender and the functions and effects of work of arts.

*Course Fee*