Social Studies

Advanced Business (one semester)

This semester long class allows for student to gain increased knowledge of the business skills learned in Introduction to Business/Internship. Students will study business organization and environments, accounts and finance, human resources, business operations, marketing/advertising and business strategy. Advanced students will also benefit from management and leadership training as they take turns leading teams to complete cooperative projects throughout the semester. You must have passed Intro to Business/Internship in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the International Business Diploma.

Advanced Placement European History

This year-long course focuses on political, economic, and social developments in European History since 1400. Students who take this course will gain an understanding of the forces that have changed Europe throughout its history and the impact this has had on the wider world. This course is divided into four periods of comparison starting from 1400-1650, then 1650 to 1815, then 1815 to 1914, and the last period of study is 1914 to the present era. Students are able to earn college credit by passing a comprehensive exam in the spring. You must have passed World History in order to enroll in this course.

Advance Placement Human Geography

This year-long course focuses on the forces that impact humans around the planet. Through studying the basic concepts of geography, the impact of population changes and migration, urban geography, the development of agriculture and industry, and the cultural and political forces students will gain a better understanding of the different ways our planet is changing. Students are able to earn college credit by passing a comprehensive exam in the spring. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Global Leadership Diploma Program.

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

AP Macroeconomics is a year-long introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. Students are able to earn college credit by passing a comprehensive exam in the spring. Additional study sessions outside of school will be offered as the test approaches, in order to assist students in their preparation. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the International Business Diploma and the Global Leadership Diploma

Advanced Placement Microeconomics

In this year-long, college-level course, students will gain 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. Students are able to earn college credit by passing a comprehensive exam in the spring. Additional study sessions outside of school will be offered as the test approaches, in order to assist students in their preparation. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the International Business Diploma.

Advanced Placement United States History

This year-long course will survey the history of the United States from First Contact in 1492 to the present day according to the Collegeboard AP US History curriculum. The course is rigorous and will prepare students for university level coursework and the Collegeboard AP test in May. Students are able to earn college credit by passing a comprehensive exam in the spring. Units include First Contact; Colonial Period; Revolutionary Era; Antebellum Period; Westward Expansion; Civil War and Reconstruction; Gilded Age; Progressive Era and the World Wars; Civil Rights Era and the Cold War; and the Modern Age. In addition, students will learn historical causation, comparison, periodization, continuity and change, contextualization, argumentation, use of evidence, interpretation, and synthesis. There are no perquisites to take this course, however it is recommended that this course is taken after or with United States Government.

Applied Psychology (one semester)

This course will cover the study of the human mind and behavior as applied to everyday life. Units include Foundations of Psychology; Stress; Memory and Learning; Human Development; and Interpersonal Relationships. In addition, students will learn quantitative and qualitative research skills, data analysis, writing psychology reports, interpreting and synthesizing information, argumentation, etc. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Business Finance (one semester)

Students will explore topics in business and personal finance including the time value of money, interest and inflation rates, stock and bond pricing, and the basics strategies of investing. By the end of the course, students will develop a sample investing portfolio to meet their investment needs. Unit titles include Banking; Financing; Investing; and Planning for the Future. This course is recommended for students interested in entrepreneurship, corporate finance, or personal investing. You must have passed Algebra I or equivalent course in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the International Business Diploma Program.

Comparative Government (one semester)

Comparative Government is a semester long course. This class examines the governmental structures active in the world today. The course focuses heavily on the philosophical roots of government. Concepts of liberty and the exercise of power will be examined by focusing on real world examples. Students will participate in debates and open seminar. Individual and group projects will be used. This class is designed for students to develop an understanding of governmental philosophy and structure while becoming a “global” citizen. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Global Leadership Diploma Program.

Economics (one semester)

Economics is a semester long course introducing basic economic principles and current economic issues with a focus on the American economy. Students will examine components of Scarcity, Economic Systems, Competition, Market Structures & Stocks, Supply & Demand, Business Structures & Entrepreneurship, Banking & Personal Finance, Economic Measures & Government/Labor and International Trade & Advantage. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (spring semester only)

This semester long course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems. Students will learn how to create, analyze, and share their own maps using the web-based GIS system ArcGIS. GIS allows users to easily and quickly view, store, analyze, and share geographic data. You must have taken or be taking Human Geography in order to enroll in this course.

Human Geography (one semester)

This semester long course examines the human cultural, political, and economic forces, and how they interact with the natural environment. Through examining population, migration, urbanization, agriculture, development, industry, culture, and politics students will gain an understanding of how our planet is impacted and is changing, and how these different forces impact different areas of the world. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

International Relations (one semester)

International Relations is a semester long course. This course examines how countries obtain and exercise power, profit, principles, prestige and protection. The course is based on current real world events. This class is designed for students to become aware of the current real world politics while being able to make inferences concerning the future of global relations. It is the goal of the student to develop the skills of a “change agent” in the world. The class is heavy on in class discussion, debates, and mock simulations. Current areas of focus include the crisis in the Middle East, the future of Southeast Asia, and the future and role of international organizations. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Global Leadership Diploma Program.

Introduction to Business/Internship

This year-long course is designed to familiarize students with the activities generally associated with a business. Students will gather a basic understanding of general business, economics, entrepreneurship, business communications, business ethics, the government’s role in business, marketing, and business finance. Overall, the course gives students a broad exposure to business operations and a solid background for additional business courses that are a part of the International Business Diploma at SPP. Guest speakers from the business community will provide students with real-world examples and application of the concepts learned in this class. Internship opportunities may be available during the following semester for interested students who complete this class. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is a requirement for the International Business Diploma Program.

Sociology (one semester)

Sociology is a semester long course. This class covers a wide range of topics including: inequality, obedience, social systems/structures, key figures of sociology and the future of technology in society. Students will participate in class discussion through debate and seminar. There will be an emphasis on improving research and writing skills as well. Sociology is an elective for the Global Leadership Diploma. As such, it is designed for students to obtain knowledge concerning the current and future state of social structures and interactions around the world, while giving them a safe environment to employ said knowledge. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

U.S. Government (one semester)

This course will survey the basic structures of the United States government and politics. Units include Constitutional Foundations; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; the Judiciary; Elections; the Presidency; and the Congress and Policy. In addition, students will learn important skills such as data analysis, argumentation, analyzing documents, interpreting and synthesizing information, etc. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

U.S. History

This year-long course will survey the history of the United States from First Contact in 1492 to the present day. Units include American Foundations; Women in Antebellum America; Westward Expansion; Slavery and the Civil War; the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; the U.S. in Global Conflict; the Civil Rights Movement; and Modern Issues. In addition, students will learn important historical research skills such as forming research questions, finding and analyzing primary and secondary sources, writing citations, writing thesis statements, interpreting and synthesizing information, writing arguments, etc. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

World History

This year-long course examines the developments of human history since the origins of human history through the present. Both semesters will examine the economic, social, and political forces that have impacted the world throughout its development. By looking at the world as a whole the goal is to achieve a better understanding of the differences in experience and development that have been experience by different groups of people at different times. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Global Leadership Diploma Program.

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