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20-21 High School Courses{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}20-21 High School CoursesBeginning with the class of 2010, 220 credit hours must be earned in the areas listed below. Ten credits are equivalent to one full year of credit in a specific subject. Please note that 'Max Fee' represents the maximum fee allowed to be charged by the district for that course. Schools may opt to charge less than the approved maximum. Please check with the school about actual fees for a specific course. Please click on one of the links to the left to see all courses in that content area. Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99408 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99408{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T66Current World AffairsAs societies around the world become more interdependent and drawn closer together by economics, politics and technology, it is more and more important for everyone to be aware of events occurring all around the globe. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore other cultures, political and economic systems and belief systems. The course is designed to allow students to present and defend their ideas and opinions about contemporary world issues and problems. Students will be expected to keep themselves well informed on worldwide events and issues through a variety of media. The class will follow any ongoing world news stories. Study of domestic issues and news will be in the context of their effect on the rest of the world.5Electives11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99799 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99799{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}I33IB World History HL - Asia wtThis is a follow-on course to I30 IB World History SL, but has a specific geographical focus on Asia. It will promote a multi-perspective approach to history, including political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Asia. The course will develop students’ ability to think historically and to develop historical skills, as well as gain significant factual knowledge. The critical thinking skills learned by students in IB World History, especially the ability to analyze multiple interpretations of history, will be further developed. This is an advanced, college-level history course leading to the IB Higher Level exam.10SS - World History12th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99801 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99801{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}I30IB World History SL wtThis is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural. The course encourages students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking, and on developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. Core topics cover a period of roughly 750 CE to the early part of the 21st century. The class will prepare students to take the IB Standard Level exam. 10SS - World History11th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99999 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99999{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T25Local HistoryThis course considers the history of Boulder Valley communities ranging from mountain communities to the city of Boulder and neighboring cities to the east. By taking a regional approach it emphasizes the connectedness and interdependence of neighboring communities historically and in our present day. This course will have students explore regions of Colorado, the influence of the people of pre-historic times, Indian people, Hispanic People, miners, farmers, ranchers and recent times.5Electives10th;#11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100210 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100210{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T80PsychologyPsychology is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the science of human behavior. This class will present students with a basic view of the field of study and will cover theories of personality, mental, emotional and physical development as they relate to the understanding of behavior. 5Electives11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100277 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100277{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T84SociologyThis course examines the science of understanding society and group behavior. Emphasis will be on society’s culture, institutions, and organization. Students will examine values and norms, socialization, social change, social problems and contemporary issues. 5Electives11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100444 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100444{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T37US GovernmentThis course reviews the basic concepts of United States Government from pre‐revolutionary days to the present time, the functions of national, state, and local governments and their relationships to the citizens of the United States. The responsibilities and obligations of both the citizen and the government to each other are an integral part of this course. The course will combine the historical foundations with analysis of current events. Students will be encouraged to simulate, observe and participate in local government. 5SS - US Government9th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100483 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100483{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T21US HistoryUnited States History focuses on American History from Industrialization into the 21st century. Students will deepen their understanding of current events and participate in an enriched study of the 20th century, tracing the development of social, political, and international relations of the United States. Students will be required to critically examine how our recent history impacts the present day. 10SS - US History10th;#11th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100527 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100527{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T60World GeographyWorld Geography provides the skills and tools of spatial analysis to better understand the patterns of people, landscape and natural phenomena of the Earth. Geography, as a spatial perspective, has much more to do with asking inquiry questions and solving problems than it does with rote memorization of isolated facts. The topics of study reflect geography content standards. The topics include tools of geography, cultural geography: population, culture, urbanization, and movement and human-environment interaction. 5SS - World Geography9th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100555 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=100555{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T41World HistoryWorld History is a chronological, thematic, and comparative study of the world, with an emphasis on 1450 to present. Students will examine themes that span regions and will focus on the interaction of world citizens and ideas from the First Global Age through the 20th Century. Students will be engaged in an in-depth study of some eras and will be asked to complete independent research, apply critical thinking and examine multiple perspectives on world issues. 10SS - World History10th;#11th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99102 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99102{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T85AP European History wtThis course is a rigorous, academically challenging course designed to help students understand the major developments within European society from 1450 to the present. It presents a broad understanding of history, incorporating social, political, economic, intellectual, and artistic history. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge about European history from 1450 to the present to highlight intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social, and economic development. The course prepares students for the advanced placement examination in European History, taken in May. Great emphasis will be placed in fostering students’ analytical skills, especially in regards to analyzing cause and effect; point of view; the merits of alternative theories or hypotheses; and the interconnectedness of politics, diplomacy, and economics. 10SS - World History11th;#12th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99112 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99112{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T68AP Human Geography wtAdvanced Placement Human Geography will prepare students to systematically study, analyze, interpret and integrate the patterns and processes that have shaped our knowledge, use and alteration of Earth’s surface. By means of creating a geographic schematic, students will view the world around them from a spatial perspective. The main topics include: population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, cities and urban land use. 5SS - World Geography9th;#10th;#11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99149 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99149{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T87AP US Government and Politics wtThis course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the operation of American national government. To accomplish this, students develop analytic perspectives for interpreting, understanding, and explaining political events in the country. This class will prepare students by placing demands that are equivalent to those made by an introductory college course. Students are required not only to thoroughly read the college-level text, but also demonstrate the ability to express ideas well in written form. One of the primary objectives of the course is to expose students to all areas of information covered on the AP examination. Students are expected to take the AP examination in the spring. 5SS - US Government9th;#10th;#11th;#12th;#1 SemesterSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99152 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99152{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T38AP US History wtThe Advanced Placement United States History course is a two-semester class that offers a college level survey of American History since the 15th century. Extensive reading, writing, and study skills useful in college will be emphasized. The class concludes with a college level exam prepared by the College Board, which, if passed, may result in college credit. The course is designed to provide students with analytical skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography. Students will learn to examine historical materials, assessing their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. 10SS - US History11th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99154 Courses List/DispForm.aspx?ID=99154{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}T54AP World History wtAdvanced Placement World History is a chronological and thematic university level course designed for disciplined and intellectually curious students. Major course themes include: interaction among major societies (i.e., trade, diplomacy, war); impact of technology and demography on peoples and the environment (e.g., population growth and decline, diffusion of diseases, migrations, economic activities and systems); comparative systems of social and gender structure; comparative cultural and intellectual developments; and changes in function and structures of states. College level reading, critical analysis, discussion, problem solving, debates, essays, historiography, research, and computer labs are integral components of the course. 10SS - World History10th;#1 yearSocial ScienceN/ANo