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History

MS History 8 451 (grade 8)

As noted in the Interdisciplinary Offerings, the curriculum for the 8th grade, especially English, History, and Science focuses on three themes: Knowing the Self, Investigating the Past and Understanding the Community, and use the Hudson Valley as a learning laboratory (Place-Based Learning) to explore these ideas. In general, 8th grade history covers the main topics of American History and Geography, and builds a strong foundation for the study of contemporary issues by placing modern events in context. Students will see important connections between events and historical periods, and understand geography’s role in our nation’s history. A primary goal in this course is to expand history from something students simply read about to something they experience.

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Art, Cultures, and Global History (grade 9)

As described in Interdisciplinary Offerings, this 9th grade interdisciplinary theme integrates global history with artistic and literary manifestations across time and cultures.

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Global Civilizations and Cultures 456 or 1400

This course combines the study of art and history to better understand the achievements and shortcomings of civilizations and cultures of the past and present.  Rather than study history chronologically, the course focuses on civilizations and cultures by focusing on a select group of regions of the world.  By studying the art of those civilizations and cultures at the same time as studying their history, students will learn far more than the history those peoples chronicled in their writing and archives.  Rather, students will gain unique insights into how the people viewed and interpreted the world around them.   

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American Studies

As described in Interdisciplinary Offerings, this 10th grade interdisciplinary theme combines American history and American literature and may be the basic study for all sophomores.

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American History 457 or 1457

(Typically taken in sophomore or junior year)

This course will review the main events and issues of U.S. History.  Students will gain a greater understanding of the impact of events and select people in U.S. History as well as the influence those events and people have on the U.S. and the world today. The course will start by examining the birth of the new nation and the ideals and values so important to its founders.  Students will study how the Civil War so fundamentally challenged the union and still effects the U.S. today.  Study will then focus on the unique melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, faiths, and nationalities that continue to characterize the United States. This year is unique in that it is a Presidential election year in the United States.  Therefore, the course will take the opportunity to relate study of the U.S. form of democracy and its constitutional system to the Presidential election.  In the second half of the academic year, the class will focus on new challenges related to two world wars and economic depression and the boom of technology and globalization.  The course concludes with an examination of the race and gender in the United States.  

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Junior – Senior Year Elective Choices:

Juniors or seniors who have not taken American History must take it in order to graduate; if they have not taken Global History I, they may elect to take it.

Modern American History 435

Students taking Modern American History will examine and analyze issues  and events faced by the United States after World War II. This subject studies the changing structure of American politics, economics, and society from the end of the World War II to the present. Discussions and student work will be anchored in the Choices units offered by Brown University. Students will grapple with complex issues as they develop a more sophisticated understanding of history. Students will begin to understand that historical events often involved competing and highly contested views and values. Each unit will culminate with a simulation or role-play activity that engages students with history and current events. This course aims to illustrate the significance of history in our lives today as we wrestle with an ever-changing world and the role of the US in that world.

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International Relations 448

Students taking International Relations will be provided with a framework for studying the complexities of timely international and historic issues while examining United States foreign policy. In this course, students will pay close attention to current events, global problems, and their historical context. Students will be expected to participate in regularly held discussions, debates, and simulations related to international relations. Students will examine the issues from historical, cultural, and political perspectives by actively reading current scholarship on each topic. Ultimately, students will develop their own views on the topics and sharpen their skills at forming persuasive and logical arguments that express those positions. Each unit will culminate with a role play activity that could include a Congressional hearing, a meeting of the National Security Council, or an election campaign forum. Units covered include: The United Nations, The Role of the US in a Changing World, Genocide, Terrorism, Climate Change, China, and the Middle East. Throughout the course, the “4C’s” will be emphasized: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

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Comparative Political Systems & Theories 449 and 1459

This course examines American as well as other government systems and ideas of government and justice systems around the world.

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The following option is described in the Interdisciplinary Offerings section:

Wilderness: What do we think and why? 469

This course satisfies an English or a history requirement. It provides a broad historical perspective of what wilderness is and how the idea developed. It exposes the student to the differing values, ethics, and expectations of wilderness. It offers an account of the origins of the wilderness idea, tracing the beginnings of the conservation movement from the Greek philosophers to today. Topics include the history of the wilderness movement and ways contemporary views of nature have shaped peoples association with the wilderness. The course focuses mostly on reading, “reacting,” critical thinking, writing and debate.  As part of this class students are expected to participate in laboratory experiences that include spending time in the wilderness.  A minimum of one overnight wilderness experience is included in each semester.

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Economics:

Economics 463

This course will introduce students to the main principles and concepts of economics.  Students will gain a greater understanding of both micro- and macro-economics from their viewpoint of consumers and investors as well as their viewpoint of global citizens interested in and concerned about the global economy.  The course will start gaining a better understanding of the fundamental philosophies and systems of economics and the principles of personal finances.  Students will then look at several of the common aspects of economics to include supply and demand, business and labor, inflation, poverty, and unemployment.  This year is unique in that it is a Presidential election year in the United States; therefore, the course will take the opportunity to relate economics to the Presidential election, the issues, the promises, and the political positions and platforms of the candidates.  In the second half of the academic year, the course will focus on the global economy: trade, commerce, foreign aid, and international development.  Finally, the course will conclude by looking at entrepreneurs, small business, and advanced aspects of personal finance.  

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AP Macro and Microeconomics (The AP economics courses will be offered in alternate years)

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AP Microeconomics

“The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics 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 Course Description Manual 2012)

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AP Macroeconomics 473

“The purpose of the AP course in Microeconomics 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 Course Description Manual 2012)

Texts: Ray, Margaret, and David Anderson. Krugman’s Economics for AP New York: Worth Publishers/BFW, 2011.

Dodge, Eric. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Macroeconomics, 2012-2013 Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill,

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Psychology or Advanced Psychology 459 or 476

Psychology is a field of study that has applications to just about every field imaginable. Indeed, knowledge and application of psychological principles also contributes to improved mental health, friendships, family relations, and social structures. This survey course is designed to introduce students to a range of psychological topics. Hopefully, students will learn something of use to themselves, and some students may find these topics worthy of future study.

Advanced Psychology uses the David Myers AP textbook. The pace, number of topics, quantity of reading, and writing will be at a significantly higher level in the Advanced Psychology class. Eligibility for Advanced Psychology will be based on previous grades, PSAT and SAT grades and previous teacher recommendation.

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AP Art History

(Requires recommendation from previous year’s history teacher: AP Art History is offered every other year unless there is significant interest; will be offered in 2016-17). This course is a seminar art history course. It is taught following the AP art guidelines, and in preparation for the AP art exam in May. The course meets both a history requirement and an art requirement.