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Sociology

Open to 11-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to principles of sociology, social structures and foundations and the individual person interacting with society. Concepts that example social needs, social problems and societies attempts to adapt to change.

 
 
Sports and Society

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

In this class we will comprehensively look at the history and the development of modern day athletics. We will attempt to show the impact participation in athletics, whether competitively or personally, has on our lifestyles and those around us. This class will focus on the historical development of competitive team and individual athletics as well as the recent development of extreme and recreational or life-long sport.

 
 
Minnesota Heritage and Culture

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Minnesota Heritage and Culture takes a deep look at Minnesota’s past, present, and future. The course will use many of the social studies to get a well rounded view of our home state. Geography, history, and anthropology will be used to help explore Minnesota’s rich heritage.
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European Studies

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This class will be survey of general European history. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history, geography, architecture, science and music of Europe’s past. Students will also link Europe’s past with modern day culture.

 
 
Criminal Justice

Open to 11-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to give the student a realistic understanding of the way the criminal justice system works. The first unit will cover crime, criminals and victims, examine the causes and kinds of crime and the role fear of crime plays in our society. The next unit will cover law enforcement, the need for law officers, development of police forces, nature of police work and the relationship between police officers and society. The court system, procedures involved in a trial, right to counsel, plea bargaining and the jury system will be studied. The student will also have the opportunity to interact with different law enforcement personnel.

 
 
Contemporary Social Issues

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course will take an in-depth look at current events and social issues facing us today. As a class we will break down these issues using all aspects of the social sciences to come up with answers as to why we handle these issues the way we do. Several topics current to our everyday lives will be discussed.

 
 
AP US Goverment and Politics

(Meets Economics and Psychology requirement)
Open to 12
2 Trimester Periods
2 Credits
Prerequisite: None

This course will study both general concepts used to interpret U.S. Politics and analyze specific examples. Students will familiarize themselves with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U. S. Politics. Students will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Topics included will be:
1. Constitutional underpinnings of U.S. Government
2. Political beliefs and behaviors
3. Political parties, interest groups, and mass media.
4. Institutions of national government.
5. Public policy.
6. Civil rights and civil liberties.
7. Government, the economy, and economic systems.

 
 
Psychology I

12th grade requirement
Open to 12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course will further a student's understanding of self and society. The topics covered will include: Introduction to and the history of Psychology, human development, hypnosis and parapsychology, heredity and environment, biological influences on behavior, understanding Personality, Intellectual Ability and the Principles of Learning. These different psychological perspectives are used to analyze and explain personal and social issues.


 
 
Economics/Political Science

12th grade requirement
Open to 12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is about the study of economic principles and practices. It will include the areas of scarcity, business organizations, supply and demand, employment and wages, international trade, corporate economic systems, and global economic challenges. Also included will be the government’s role in the economy and how the government affects the economy.

 
 
AP World History

(Meets World Geography and World Culture requirements)
Open to 11-12
2 Trimester Periods
2 Credits
Prerequisite: None

This is a college level course. Students have the opportunity to take an AP World History Exam to earn college credit.
This course includes the history of the world from 1000 to the present. Students will gain a deeper understanding of world history, geography, art, architecture, science, and music of the World’s past.

 
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