• Social Studies 12

    Departmental Requirements: 11th Grade: U.S. History, AP U.S. History or American Culture

    Social Studies - REQUIRED (Choose one)

    United States History - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Junior
    This is a sequential study of American History from the Great Depression to the present day. The course content includes the study of the Depression and New Deal, World War I and II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam and politics of protest. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking in addition to attaining knowledge of the basic subject matter. To facilitate this approach, individualized study, large and small group discussion, and simulation techniques are utilized. Both semesters are required.

    American Cultures - 4 credits (full year - 2 English credits and 2 Social Studies credits)
    Prerequisite: (Junior) English 10 and one semester of Western Civilizations or Honors European History
    This junior level, year-long block class combines the features of two courses: United States History and English 11. Both Language Arts and Social Studies material will be covered with an emphasis on the relationship between the two. Students will be engaged in cross-curricular activities that are deeply rooted in technology, social learning and media. The class emphasizes critical thinking and technology to help students acquire real world skills. The class connects students to local history through collaboration with area museums. Upon successful completion of the class, students will receive two social studies credits, both for U.S. History, and two for Language Arts, both for English 11.

    AP United States History - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of counselor and approval of instructor.
    AP United States History will be taken instead of the required United States History course. This college-level course covers United States history in its entirety. Students taking this course must be highly motivated in the subject area. Class activities will heavily involve reading, writing, discussion and critical thinking exercises of topics in the subject area. This course may qualify for postsecondary credit. Please see a counselor for more information.

    Social Studies - Electives

    Why Iowa? - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    “Why Iowa?” is a social studies elective that will be discover the history of Iowa, how we have grown, and what we have to offer today and into tomorrow. Students will create a marketing campaign for the State of Iowa throughout the course. Focus will be on five units: Iowa History, A Portrait of Iowa (your heritage and Iowa), Iowa’s Resources (agriculture, industry, and recreation), Iowa Stars (famous Iowans), and finally Why Iowa. The course will use multiple learning strategies, various guest speakers, and visits to local areas of interest to compile a final portfolio that will be submitted to the State of Iowa to help promote and discover what makes Iowa great!

    Psychology - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    Completion of this course will provide a solid back- ground for future study in psychology and related areas and allow a better understanding of people. The class will focus on the following areas: psychology as a career, mental health, learning, personality, altered states of consciousness, social psychology, biological psychology and application of these ideas to daily life. The class is based heavily on discussion and application.

    AP Psychology - 1 credit (full year)
    Prerequisite: Grade B or higher in Psychology or GPA of 3.0 or higher - Junior or Senior
    AP Psychology is taught on an A/B schedule. AP Psychology is taught with the goal of having every student score a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. This will earn college credit at most colleges. A score of 3 or above will earn credit for PSY111 General Psychology at DMACC. Intensive study will occur in the following areas: developmental psychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, intelligence, motivation and emotion, personality, mental disorders and therapy and research techniques. AP Psychology requires a high level of reading skills and critical thinking. The difficulty level will be similar to any college introductory psychology class. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared and encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam as a summative assessment of their achievement.

    Sociology - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    Sociology is the study of human society. It is concerned with people’s relationships, roles, responsibilities and organization. Unit studies include an introduction to sociology, culture, sociological investigation, roles and relationships in groups, deviance, socialization, social classes and race and ethnicity. Class activities are centered on large and small group discussions, simulations, visual aids and guest speakers. Upon completion students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they are applied to individuals, groups and societies.

    Introduction to Sociology - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior
    DMACC Introduction to Sociology is the study of human interaction, groups and society. Topics included are culture, socialization, organizations, deviance, inequality, institutions, health, populations, ecology, social change, and research methods. Students will analyze the importance and dimensions of social change in various arenas of society. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course SOC110 Intro to Sociology.

    Argumentation & Debate - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Do you like to win arguments? This class will look at argumentation and debate in law, politics, and the news media. Students will use specialized research skills to investigate different types of arguments and apply critical thinking skills. We will work independently and in groups on assignments such as in-class debates, mock trials, analysis of current controversies and politics, and persuasive communication. This course may be repeated for credit, but students taking it more than once must take it in addition to the required 5 academics plus PE.