Social Studies
Courses
Junior Presentation
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World Affairs
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Mrs. Moll
Semester Course
 Sophomores - Seniors
Topics
 Economics, Government, Environment,
Terrorism, Health Issues, Human Rights and
Geopolitics
Methods
 Simulations, Discussions, Debates, Group
Projects
Final Project
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World Geography
Full Year Course—Mr. Wahlen
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 Western
Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Middle
East, Oceania
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Topics:
 Major
Land Forms, Cultures, Languages,
Groups, Politics, Economics, Diversity
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World History
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Full year course—
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Phillips, Mr. Koller, Mr. Mehreioskouei,
A survey of western and non-western
civilizations.
Students will trace the development of nations
and learn the economic, intellectual and social
advances of humanity.
Simulations, lectures, videos, projects
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AP European History—10th-12th
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Full Year Course—Mr. Phillips
Requires recommendation or successful
experience in AP US
Studies European History from the Renaissance
to Present
Methods:
 Discussion,
presentations, role playing, lecture, other
engaged learning activities
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High Success Rate of former participants when
in college!
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AP Human Geo. 9th-12th Grade
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Full Year Course—Mr. Wahlen
Requires recommendation or successful
experience in AP level course
Intense Study of
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Western Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Middle East,
Oceania
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Major Land Forms, Cultures, Languages, Groups,
Politics, Economics, Diversity
High Success Rate of former participants when
in college!
AP World History: 10-12th Grade
Full Year Course- Mr. M
 Requires recommendation or successful
experience in AP US
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 Intense
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analytical examination and discussion
of world civilizations.
Methods:
 Discussion,
presentations, document analysis,
lecture, other engaged learning activities
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High Success Rate of former participants
when in college!
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Multicultural Perspectives—10th12th
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Semester Course—Mr. Koller
Portfolio Course—No Tests
Topics:
 Prejudice,
One’s own heritage, African American,
Hispanic, and Asian cultures
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Activities:
 Share ethnic heritage…
 Music, food, family tree, cultural traditions
 Creation of Self-Culture Power Point
 Conflict
Resolution
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Law and the Individual—11th and
12th
Semester Course—Mr. Baxter
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 Rights
and Liberties
 Analyzes the criminal justice system
 Discusses current legal issues
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Leadership for Life—10th,11th 12th
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Semester Elective Course—Mrs. Wienke
Prerequisite for Leadership II
Content:
 Encourages
self-identity, self-development, selfimprovement and leadership skills.
 Course is activity and project based, allowing
individuals to learn their leadership style, their
strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on
teambuilding and leadership strategies.
 No Final Exam
 Field Trip to Outdoor Teams Rope Course
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Leadership II
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Semester Elective Course: Mrs. Wienke
Must take Leadership I to take Leadership II
Content: Teamwork, Leadership, Communication, &
Values
Leadership in Action: Activity and Project based
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Guest speakers
Apprentice Team Challenge: teams put leadership skills to test in
a competitive team environment
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Challenges: Design an item of clothing for school store
Plan a Pep and Promote Assembly
Create a mentoring program for Incoming Freshman
Redesign the Cafeteria (food and structure)
*The goal is for the winning team to implement their programs
Planning School Wide Semester Presentation
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Past topics: AIDS Awareness, Election 2004, Prejudice and
Stereotypes, Teen Dating Violence, The Unseen, High School
Choices, The Environment
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Leadership
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Women’s Studies—10th, 11th, 12th
Taking the “His” out of History
Semester Course—Mrs. Wienke
 Open to both Males and Females
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The Role of Women Throughout U.S. history
Women and the Work force
Women, Education, and Sports
Women, Politics and Law
The Media and Body Image
Activism of Women’s causes throughout the century
The Effects of Violence Against Women
 Field
Trip to Outdoor Teams Rope Course
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Women’s Studies
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Psychology I—11th and 12th
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Semester Course—
 Mrs.
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Dvorak, Ms. Kassner, Mr. Cosentino
Topics:
 History
of Psych, Research, The Brain, Sensation and
Perception, Sleep and Dreams, Behaviorism,
Development, Personality, Memory
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Methods:
 Projects,
Demonstrations, Videos, Lectures, Role
Playing, Group Activities, Experiments
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Psychology II—11th and 12th
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Semester Course—
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Must have a C in Psych I to take
Topics:
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Mrs. Dvorak, Ms. Kassner, Mr. Cosentino
Conformity, Attraction, Motivation and Emotion, Aggression and
Violence, Drugs, Stress, Psych Disorders
Methods:
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Projects, Demonstrations, Videos, Lecture, Discussions,
Experiments, Group Activities, Experiments
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Psych Pics…
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AP Psychology--11th and 12th
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Year Long Course—Mrs. Dvorak
 Alternative
to Psych 1 and 2
 Recommendation or past success in AP
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Preparation for the AP Exam and College Credit
Comprehensive overview of psychology
Methods:
 Experiments,
Demonstrations, Activities,
Collaborative Student Projects, Lecture and
Discussions, Simulations
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AP Psych….Activities
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Senior Required Course Options
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Survey 441
Survey 442
Economics/Government
AP Macroeconomics
AP Government
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Social Science Survey 441/442
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Year Long Course
 Mr.
Baxter, Mr. Cassidy, Ms. Howard, Ms.
Keller, Mr. Koller, Mr. Lazzara, Mr. Yanule
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1st Semester
 Government
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and Economics
2nd Semester
 Anthropology
and Sociology
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Economics and
Government
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Year Long Course—Ms. Westlund
 An
alternative social science survey course
 Economics – create a business project, international
economics funding crisis simulation, supply and
demand graphs and stock market and Fed watch
 Field Trip to the Federal Reserve Bank & Chicago
Board of Trade
 Government and Politics
 Update the constitution, mock Congress, Presidential
Election, & Supreme Court trial simulation
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AP Macroeconomics/AP
Government
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Full Year Course—Ms. Howard
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Teacher Recommendation or successful AP course completion
Semester—Macroeconomics
Graphing, How to determine the health of the economy and
theories on how to fix it.
Students are very successful on AP Test
Field Trip to the Fed and Chicago Board of Trade
Semester—Government
Foundations of Government, philosophy, institutions, branches,
etc.
Connected to current political events and their relevance.
AP Test Preparation/Possible College Credit and
advantage in college course of this nature.
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Social Studies Courses - Schaumburg High School