Social Studies

Course Titles

Social Studies 7Social Studies 8UHS American Politics (GOVT 141 – SUNY Cobleskill)EconomicsGlobal History and Geography IGlobal History and Geography IIUHS Introduction to Sociology (SOSC 111 – SUNY Cobleskill)UHS Microeconomics (ECON 123 – SUNY Cobleskill)Participation in GovernmentAP PsychologySchoharie County HistoryU.S. History & GovernmentAP U.S. HistoryU.S. History and Government (HIS 227/HIS 229 – SCCC)AP World History

Course Descriptions

Social Studies 7

Grades: 7 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: The seventh grade social studies curriculum provides for the study of the first century of United States history. The course begins with a comprehensive study of geography at all levels, worldwide to local, and examines how Americans have adapted over time to their environment. This is followed by a chronological examination of major historical events that helped shape the development of American culture. In addition, emphasis is placed on the evolution of the U.S. government, its foundation, and traditions.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course fulfills the state requirement for 7th grade social studies.

Social Studies 8

Grades: 8 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This class is a continuation of 7th grade social studies covering the history of the United States after the Civil War (1865).  Important 8th grade topics include Immigration, Industrialization, Westward Expansion, World War I and II, the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Suffrage, the Cold War, September 11th, and more.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course fulfills the state requirement for 8th grade social studies.

UHS American Politics (GOVT 141 – SUNY Cobleskill)

Grades: 11-12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – half-year class (3 college credits)
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course presents an introduction to American Politics through the examination of U.S. political institutions, philosophical foundations, and the political culture/society of the U.S. In addition.  This course will analyze how the development of the U.S. political system has impacted society and how individuals or groups may impact the government.  Students will read materials on the U.S. governmental system that will be discussed in class.  Every Thursday students must bring in a copy of a current event/article that they have read and thought about.  Students will be expected to share the article with the class and discuss its significance for the U.S. governmental system. Your discussion will be factored into your class participation grade.  This course will meet the graduation requirement for Participation in Government. Course Goals/Objectives: To develop a basic understanding of the American governmental system and to begin to think in a theoretical way about these important issues, an important course goal is to learn something about the nature of government and to enjoy this class.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirements for Participation in Government and students can earn college credit.

Economics

Grades: 12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – half-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: In this course, theory and practice in modern economic life will be studied.  This course includes an overview of economic principles such as the role of each factor of production (land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship), the role of the consumer, government involvement in economic planning, the study of economic growth, and the analysis of the factors of growth, money, banking, International Trade/Competition Investment and current problems.  Other topics include the operation of the market (microeconomics) and overall economy (macroeconomics) and the role of the government will be examined, including fiscal and monetary policies.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirements for Economics.

Global History and Geography I

Grades: 9 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year course
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The Global History and Geography core curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and ten historical units.  This curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it enables students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding. As students explore the five social studies standards, they have multiple opportunities to explore the content and intellectual skills of history and the social science disciplines.  Course Content:  Global History and Geography I units: Early Civilizations; Regional Civilizations; Early Modern Times; Enlightenment and Revolution.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the Global History and Geography graduation requirement in social studies.

Global History and Geography II

Grades: 10 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year course
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography I
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: The Global History and Geography core curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and ten historical units.  This curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it enables students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding. As students explore the five social studies standards, they have multiple opportunities to explore the content and intellectual skills of history and the social science disciplines.  Course Content:  Global History and Geography II units: Industrialism and a New Global Age; World Wars and Revolutions; The World Since 1945.  Students will need to take the NYS Regents in Global History and Geography.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the Global History and Geography graduation requirement in social studies.

UHS Introduction to Sociology (SOSC 111 – SUNY Cobleskill)

Grades: 11-12 (this course is offered every year with student interest and available staffing)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class (3 college credits)
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of Sociology: the scientific study of human social life, groups and societies. The course is designed to facilitate the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of society and human behavior.  Topics include:  Sociological Perspective; Social Interaction in Everyday Life; Sociological Investigation; Groups and Organization; Culture; Deviance; Society; Socialization; and Global Stratification.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as a social studies elective and students can earn college credit.

UHS Microeconomics (ECON 123 – SUNY Cobleskill)

Grades: 11-12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – half-year class (3 college credits)
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basics of economic decision-making by businesses, consumers and the government. In addition to the fundamental models of supply and demand, perfect competition and imperfect competition, the course will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the modern capitalist economy and the efficacy of government policies. Students will learn to use mathematical and graphical models to analyze market decisions.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will meet the graduation requirement for Economics and students may earn college credit.

Participation in Government

Grades: 12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – half-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course focuses on the formation of effective public policy. Students are taught skills of decision-making, deliberation and problem solving in the context of evaluating real issues confronting the communities in which the students live. Central to this course is the manner in which decisions are arrived through involvement of individuals as participating citizens. Another area studied is how citizen influence can be used in policy making at various levels of government. Emphasis will be on real-world issues that are in line with content standards and course assessments. Students are required to participate in government on the local level by attending and summarizing local government meetings.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will meet the graduation requirement for Participation in Government.

AP Psychology

Grades: 11-12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year course
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Course content:  The AP Psychology Exam measures students’ knowledge of the 14 key topics and fields of study in psychology and tests their ability to define, compare, and apply concepts and research findings. Questions are based on key terminology, scientific methodology, and theories associated with each subfield. Free-response questions may require students to interrelate different content areas and to analyze and evaluate psychological constructs and, more generally, theoretical perspectives.  Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

Requirements this course fulfills: Students who earn a qualifying score on an AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

Schoharie County History

Grades: 11 and 12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – half-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course is a comprehensive study of the History of Schoharie County starting with the native Indian populations and going right through current issues in the 16 different towns in our County today.  Course Content: Indians of the Iroquois Nation and the history of 16 towns in Schoharie County.  Students will also speak at and attend meetings at various local historical societies and explore the architecture of the village of Middleburgh. There is a community service requirement for this class.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirements for Participation in Government.

U.S. History & Government

Grades: 11 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: This class covers the full range of U.S. history from humble beginnings to the current day.  Major topics to be discussed include: Immigration; Industrialization; Westward Expansion; World War I and II; the Civil Rights Movement; Women’s Suffrage; the Cold War; September 11th, and more. There will be a New York State Regents Exam at the end of the year.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the US History and Government graduation requirement in Social Studies.

AP U.S. History

Grades: 11 and 12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Completion of Global History and Geography I & II
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance — identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.  Course Content: The AP U.S. History course is structured around themes and concepts in nine different chronological periods from approximately 1491 to the present:

  • Period 1: 1491–1607
  • Period 2: 1607–1754
  • Period 3: 1754– 1800
  • Period 4: 1800–1848
  • Period 5: 1844–1877
  • Period 6: 1865–1898
  • Period 7: 1890–1945
  • Period 8:  1945–1980
  • Period 9: 1980–Present

Within each period, key concepts organize and prioritize historical developments. Themes allow students to make connections and identify patterns and trends over time.  Students will be required to take the NYS Regents exam in US History and Government as well as the Advanced Placement test in US History.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the US History and Government graduation requirement in Social Studies.  Students who earn a qualifying score on the AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

U.S. History and Government (HIS 227/HIS 229 – SCCC)

Grades: 11 (this course will be offered with minimum enrollment)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class (6 college credits)
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: The first half of the year is American History to 1877.  Students will be introduced to American history from the pre-Columbian period to Reconstruction. It covers political, economic, social, and cultural forces that have shaped the evolving American nation and its interactions with the world during this time.  The second half of the year will be American History since 1877.  This will be a survey of American History from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Major emphasis is given to the political, economic, social and cultural forces that have contributed to the emergence and development of the American civilization during this time.  Students will be required to take the NYS Regents examination in US History and Government.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the US History and Government graduation requirement in Social Studies.

AP World History

Grades: 10-12 (this course is offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: 90% or better in previous course and 85% or better overall average
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation across different periods and regions. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.  Course Content:  The AP World History course is structured around themes and concepts in six different chronological periods from approximately 8000 BCE to the present:

  • Technological and Environmental Transformations (to c. 600 BCE)
  • Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies (c. 600 BCE to c. 600 CE)
  • Regional and Transregional Interactions (c. 600 CE to c. 1450)
  • Global Interactions (c. 1450 to c. 1750)
  • Industrialization and Global Integration (c. 1750 to c. 1900)
  • Accelerating Global Change and Realignments (c. 1900 to the Present).

Within each period, key concepts organize and prioritize historical developments. Themes allow students to make connections and identify patterns and trends over time.  Student will be required to take the NYS Regents examination in Global History and Geography as well as the Advanced Placement exam. 

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the Global History and Geography graduation requirement in social studies.  Students who earn a qualifying score on the AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.