Social Studies Department







Department Faculty
Ian Carey
Katie Nicholls
Graham Shove
Kelly Taylor


Course Descriptions
Course Course Number Grade Level Academic Level App CE CG E G H
Modern World History SOC2181 9 x x x
Modern World History H SOC2191 9 H x x x
Fisherman's Academy Social Studies SOC2167
U.S. History SOC2181 10 x x x x
U.S. History H SOC2181 10 H x x x x
Government and Economics SOC2183 11, 12 x x x x
Government and Economics H SOC2193 11, 12 x x x x
AP U.S. History SOC2194 11, 12 AP x x x x
AP U.S. Government and Politics SOC2196 11, 12 AP x x x
AP World History SOC2195 11, 12
Psychology* SOC2101 any E x
Sociology* SOC2109 any E x
Current Events* SOC2108 any E x x x
The War in Vietnam/Civil Rights Era* SOC2112 any E x x
The Law and You* SOC2013 any E x x x
Geography* SOC2000 any E x x
The Middle Eastern World* SOC2001 any E x x x x

*denotes semester course and 0.50 credit

Graduation Standards:
App - Applications of Social Studies Processes, Knowledge and Skills
CE - Civic Engagement
CG - Civics and Government
E - Economics
G - Geography
H – History


Course Descriptions


Course Title: Modern World History Prerequisite: None
Course Number SOC 2181 Credit: 1

The Modern World history class focuses on world history from the Renaissance to the present. Students will focus on developing grade level reading, test taking, and study skills as they learn about the history and culture of Modern Asia, Africa, and Europe. This course covers major themes and transitions up to the 20th Century including the Renaissance, the French and Russian Revolutions, religious conflicts, European colonization, World War I and II, as well as other major events of this time period. Geography will also be a primary focus throughout the course and will develop on the ever-changing political, social, and topographical landscapes of Asia, Africa, and Europe. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Knowledge and Skills, Geography, and History.


Course Title: Modern World History H Prerequisite: None
Course Number SOC 2191 Credit: 1 Weight: 1.05

Honors Modern World History classes have more self-directed study as well as lengthier reading and writing assignments. Students must be able to regularly analyze and interpret concepts independently on their own. The ability to research topics independently and understand informational text and writing is an expectation for students in this class. Many assignments will require additional time outside of class time. Students are also required to complete a book report assignment each quarter as well as open response written essays.


Fisherman's Academy Social Studies Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2167 Credit: 1

Course Title: U.S. History Prerequisite: None
Course Number SOC 2182 Credit: 1

U.S. History will present an overview of events that have shaped 20th Century American history from the social, political, and economic points of view. This course will begin with the Reconstruction period and continue through the Gilded Age (1880s), Imperialism, the Great Depression, Civil Rights, and the effects of 20th Century wars and conflicts. Students will be expected to read for content, compare and contrast historical events and periods, participate in historical discussions, and develop a sense of history for themselves, their state, and their nation. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Civics and Government, and History.


Course Title: U.S. History H Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2192 Credit: 1 Weight 1.05

U.S. History will present an overview of events that have shaped 20th Century American history from the social, political, and economic points of view. This course will begin with the Reconstruction period and continue through the Gilded Age (1880s), Imperialism, the Great Depression, Civil Rights, and the effects of 20th Century wars and conflicts. Students will be expected to read and analyze primary and secondary sources, identify, compare, and evaluate multiple perspectives on a given historical event in order to draw conclusions about historical events and periods, participate in historical debates, and develop a sense of history for themselves, their state, and their nation. Independence in applying these skills is essential in this honors course where students will expand on the skills outlined above. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Civics and Government, and History.


Course Title: Government and Economics Prerequisite: U.S. History
Course Number: SOC2183 Credit: 1

This course involves an examination of the development of American government through a careful study of the U. S. Constitution, as well as local, state, and world governments. Students will gain an understanding of political systems, citizenship, and the importance of representative democracy. Economics combines the study of economic principles with applications pertaining to consumer economics in today’s world. An emphasis will be on evaluating how various economies affect and relate to the culture and government systems of the world. This course will require the completion of a research project. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Civics and Government, and Economics.


Course Title: Government and Economics H Prerequisite: U.S. History
Course Number: SOC2193 Credit: 1 Weight: 1.05

This course involves an extensive examination of the development of American government through a careful study of the U. S. Constitution, as well as local, state, and world governments. Students will gain an understanding of political systems, citizenship, and the importance of representative democracy. Economics combines the study of economic principles with applications pertaining to consumer economics in today’s world. An emphasis will be on evaluating how various economies affect and relate to the culture and government systems of the world. This course will require the completion of a research project. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Civics and Government, and Economics.


Course Title: AP US History Prerequisite: See course description
Course Number: SOC2194: Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

Prerequisite: Honors Modern World History and recommendation of teacher. This yearlong course studies the political, diplomatic, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States. The first semester will cover colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The second semester will cover from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Students are expected to do extensive reading and writing in preparation for the AP exam given in the spring. They will also be expected to engage in additional outside reading and writing that stresses interpretation, historiography, and documents-based analysis. Work will be graded at the college level. Students will also complete a major research project in the spring after the AP exam. It is expected that each student enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam for that class. The exams are held in May at a cost of $35.00 per test. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civics and Government, Economics, and History.


Course Title: AP World History Prerequisite:Modern World History
Course Number: SOC2195: Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

AP World History is a fast-paced, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present with 60% of the content in the modern era. As mandated by the College Board, this course provides a balanced coverage of the world as divided into 5 areas: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The course is also divided into 5 basic themes: 1) Interaction Between Humans and the Environment 2) Development and Interaction of Cultures 3) State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict 4) Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems, and 5) Development and Transformation of Social Structures. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions (DBQ) as well as objective evaluations.


Course Title: AP U.S. Government & Politics Prerequisite: U.S. History
Course Number: SOC2196: Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

This year-long AP course covers the following areas: the constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, and mass media. It also covers the institutions of the national government including the Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the federal courts, public policy, and civil rights and civil liberties. Students are expected to prepare for the AP test through knowledge of facts, concepts, and theories, to understand patterns of political behavior and their consequences, and to analyze and interpret data and relationships pertaining to the U.S. government and politics. It is strongly recommended that students either take a government class prior to this course or concurrently with this course. It is expected that each student enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam for that class. The exams are held in May at a cost of $35.00 per test. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, and Civics and Government.


Course Title: Psychology Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2101 Credit: 0.5

This course will cover the basic study of human behavior. Students will be introduced to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings. The course will explore various areas within psychology - including neurobiology (sensations and perceptions), cognitive, developmental, abnormal, behavioral and clinical psychology. The study of psychology offers a way to learn more about why people do what they do. Reading assignments, written assignments, and classroom discussions will be major components of the course. There is a very strong emphasis on student-based experiments and observations. All students will be expected to both participate and observe a variety of experiments. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes.


Course Title: Sociology Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2109 Credit: 0.5

This course is designed to introduce sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that explains social, political, and economic phenomena in terms of social structures, social forces, and group relations. The course covers a variety of subject matter including social norms, leadership styles, group roles and responsibilities, the analysis of famous social psychology experiments / theories, an understanding of moral development and decisions, etc. The course has a strong emphasis on student-based experiments and observations. Reading assignments, written assignments, and classroom discussions will be major components of the course. All students will be expected to participate and observe experiments conducted both inside and outside the regular classroom. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes.


Course Title: Current Events Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2108 Credit: 0.5

Current Events is a one-semester course structured to give the student an understanding of current issues in many areas of a political, social, and economic nature. The course emphasizes research done by the student since the topics chosen are very fluid in their nature, meaning that the topics and the amount of coverage on the topics will fluctuate on any given day, week, or month depending on topics current in the media. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Civics and Government.


Course Title: The War in Vietnam/Civil Rights Era Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2112 Credit: 0.5

The 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s was an era full of change and movement in America and the world. In this semester course the three Indo-China Wars in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement will be explored. What events led to our involvement in Vietnam? What events sparked the Civil Rights movement, and how has the country benefited and changed as a result? This course will look closely at the issues and events that shaped the America we know today. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes and History.


Course Title: The Law and You Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2013 Credit: 0.5

Learn more about the law and how it affects your everyday life in this half-year elective. Students will use simulations of court cases and attend a session at Knox County courthouse in understanding criminal law and the courts. Studying laws is about learning concepts and rules, but it is also about understanding how the rules apply in real life. An additional activity will include a simulation on the Legislative law-making process. A good understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights will aid in the successful study of this course. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, and Civics and Government.

The Law and You Course Syllabus


Course Title: Geography Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2000 Credit: 0.5

World Geography focuses on the geography of the world and the diverse cultures, customs, histories, and interactions within the world. Students will focus on developing grade level reading, test taking, and study skills as they learn about cultures within the regions of Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, and Europe. The study of each culture will focus on the changing political, social, and topographical landscapes of the different regions of the world. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes and Geography.


Course Title: The Middle Eastern World Prerequisite: None
Course Number: SOC2001 Credit: 0.5

Today, the Middle Eastern World is in turmoil with the emergence of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Syrian Civil War, tension between Israel and Palestine, the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the continued threat that Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups pose to the entire world. In this half-year elective, students will explore these topics and more focusing on the history of Islam, the effects the First World War and colonization had on the Middle East, the U.S. led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the current situation of the Middle East. This course provides students with the opportunity to provide possible solutions to real world problems that currently affect the world today. This course will cover the following standards: Applications of Social Studies Processes, Civic Engagement, Geography, and History.

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