American Civics is an 18-week course with 6 units. Each unit takes 18-24 hours to complete and includes textbook readings, interactive illustrations and activities, threaded discussion, virtual class, and an assessment. During the course students study the progress of the American system of government, from its conception to modern day, and what it means to be an American citizen, as well as the rights and responsibilities of a citizen. Students study the different branches of government; judiciary, presidential, and congressional, and discover how these branches work together and in cooperation with state and local governments. Students apply these concepts to their own local governments and participate in research activities and field trips into their own communities.
Throughout the course, students use case studies and online information as much as possible. They discuss these case studies, their personal reflections, and role play in the virtual classroom with their peers and the instructor.
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When students begin to study American History they almost always begin with the European explorers such as Christopher Columbus. They know the dates 1492 and 1776 but by the time they are adults have forgotten the majority of what they have learned from traditional school books. However, there are millennia of history before the known 'written' history that has never been recorded except in the artifacts, myths, and legends that have survived over the past decades.
This course explores the aboriginal settlers of the Americas (both Canada and the United States) and how they interacted with the different groups they came in contact with from the year 8,000 BC to 1492 AD. Learn about the constant emigrations to the Americas and how European, African and Asian people explored the continent long before Columbus washed up its shores. Examine how these multiple different groups of refugees and settlers evolved into the Amerindian tribes that we are familiar with today..
Join us as we review the findings of unknown modern-day explorers such as Barry Fell, John L Sorenson, Scott Wolter, and Farley Mowat as we examine the geological, archaeological, social, cultural, linguistic and DNA evidence left behind.
This is a year-long course but may be completed at the student's own pace.
- Teacher: Diana Muir
Economics is an 18-week course with 17 lessons, each of which takes 5-6 hours to complete. Each lesson includes textbook readings, interactive activities, interactive chat, threaded discussion, online resources, and a quiz or assessment.
The course studies the scope of economics and how it affects every corner of a person's life, both on a personal and localized level, as well as on a national and international level. Students discuss basic economic principles using graphs, equations and marginal measures. They study supply and demand, market equilibrium and relationships among macroeconomic variables. Students learn how to measure the Gross National Product (GNP) and determine how fiscal policy is made, as well as how the banking system affects international monetary policy. They discuss the basics of international business and how different systems of economic policy affect other nations and international commerce.
This course is an Honor course and intended for students who are seeking dual credit.
US Government and Politics presents an analytic perspective on American politics. The course introduces students to the ideals, institutions, and processes that direct the daily operations of our government and shapes our public policies. Students will use a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations to interpret and analyze the political landscape to develop a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our system of government.
- Explain the American system of government and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
- Read, understand, and interpret primary source documents and contemporary news analyses related to American government and public policy.
- Analyze and interpret data and other relevant information to US government and politics.
- Write analytical and interpretive essays demonstrating an understanding of the ideals, institutions and processes of the American political system.
The History of the Holocaust is an 18-week course with 18 lessons, each of which takes 5-6 hours to complete. The course covers the time period from 1933 to 1946 and discusses the causes and effect of the Holocaust leading to the genocide of six million Jewish and 10 million non-Jewish people during the 1940s in Europe. The course is approached from a global standpoint and examines how events in Europe and around the world affected, and were affected by the Holocaust.
Students study a variety of different topics, in a logical manner accompanying a timeline that they will create in Lesson 1. Topics covered include: causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Kindertransport, Kristallnacht, the Final Solution, the Concentration and Work Camps, Death Marches, inmate art, music, and literature, the resistors, protectors and persecutors of the Holocaust victims, the aftermath of war crime trials and the efforts today to remember and memorialize the millions of Holocaust victims.
Students utilize a variety of multimedia, films, books, videotapes, review, written, and oral survivor stories (both children and adult) and complete virtual tours of the camps and cities that were devastated during the 1930s and 40s.
Psychology is an 18-week course with 6 units. Each unit takes 3 weeks to complete and includes textbook readings, online resources, interactive chat and activities, and a quiz or assessment.
During the course students study the science of psychology and discover how psychologists study human behavior. Students begin to understand how biology and environment play a part in how humans react to the environment and to each other, from infancy through adulthood. Students also study the concepts of sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, learning, thinking, language, and intelligence. They then apply those concepts to aspects of the personality and discover the different tests that psychologists use to measure achievement, abilities, interests, and different types of personality traits. Students learn about different gender roles and how stress plays a part in psychological disorders. They then apply their learning to understanding different methods of therapy.
Throughout the course, students use case studies and online information as much as possible. They discuss case studies, personal reflections, and role play in the virtual classroom with their peers and the instructor. There is a term paper and research paper at the end of the year, as well as two field trips during the course.
Sociology is an 18-week course with 6 Units. Each unit takes 18-24 hours and includes textbook readings, online resource, interactive chat, interactive activities, and a quiz or assessment.
During the course students study the sociological perspective and investigate all different areas of society, culture, and the family. Students study social stratification, groups and organizations, social institutions, and social change. They learn to examine society and culture as a whole on the macro level, as well as the micro level. During the course, students are introduced to sociological theory and learn to analyze society and culture from different aspects. Internet-based activities are included to enhance their learning and to investigate additional avenues of exploration.
This course is a survey of world history from prehistoric to contemporary times. Students will learn about the socio-economic, political, and ideological conditions of various time periods as they study historical events and cultural achievements of world regions. Using primary and secondary sources, they will utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills as they conduct inquiry-based research, participate in interactive discussions, and complete assignments establishing real-world connections.