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Social Studies

 

World History and Geography
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Social Studies credit
Course description: This course focuses on the relationship between geography and world history and on a chronological and thematic perspective of world history. Students learn map-reading skills, and are expected to identify major countries, continents, regions, mountains, oceans, etc., on a globe or map. Students learn the five themes of geography (location, human environment, interaction, movement, and region) and develop an understanding for how and why key civilizations began and grew. Students are expected to be able to place key influences on a timeline, and to participate in meaningful discussion about the past’s influence on modern times.
 
United States History and Geography
 
Prerequisite: None                           
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Social Studies credit
Course description: This course is designed to help students understand American history and geography from the period of discovery and exploration to the present. Special emphasis is given to the major wars of this era, as well as to the identifying elements of the decades in the 1900’s. Students discuss current events, and relate present-day issues to their own lives.
 
U.S. Government
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: 9 weeks             
Number of credits: ½ Social Studies credit
Course description: Provides an understanding of the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States including the New Mexico and United States Constitutions and how governments function at the local, state, tribal, and national levels.
 
Economics
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: 9 weeks
Number of credits: ½ Social Studies credit
 
Course description: provides for an understanding of basic economic principles and use of economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.
 
New Mexico History
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: 9 weeks                             
Number of credits: ½ Social Studies credit
 
Course description: This course will provide the student with an understanding of the impact geography, native cultures, European settlement, and Anglo-American intervention have had on New Mexico’s history. Students will learn about the contributions of significant players in our state’s development, and will gain an understanding of New Mexico’s government and economics.
 
Southwest Enrichment
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: 9 weeks                                             
Number of credits: ½ Social Studies credit or ½ Elective credit
Course description: This course involves exposure to different projects that will enhance student’s knowledge of the Southwest through the use of projects that allow students to do research on different cultures that have impacted the Southwest.