SOCIAL STUDIES

Philosophy Of The Department

Livonia high schools offer a full range of social studies courses. The intent is to offer a range of courses which will meet the needs and interests of all students. In social studies, our goal is to prepare students to be active and responsible citizens who will participate in their communities and their country. The social studies curriculum is designed to prepare our students for success on the MME High School Test in Social Studies.

Recommended Selection Of Courses:

 9th GRADE   

Accelerated World History, World History, World History B

 10th GRADE 

US History, US History B, AP US History

 11th GRADE 

AP Government (1 semester), American Government/Politics (1 semester), American Government B (1 semester), Economics (1 semester), Economics B (1 semester)Electives: Law and Justice, Psychology, Sociology, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics

 12th GRADE

Electives: Law and Justice, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, AP Government/Politics, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics

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1402/2402—World History B

Prerequisites: Recommended for students based on eighth grade reading scores and/or recommendation by counselor or teacher.

This course will focus on the development of reading strategies and study skills through the scope of world history. This course will develop a student’s understanding of the political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic development in civilizations of both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Making use of a variety of resources, including an online learning component, the course will cover pre-history through modern times.
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1403/2403—World History

Prerequisites: None

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic development in civilizations of both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Making use of a variety of resources, including an online learning component, the course will cover pre-history through modern times.
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1404/2404—Accelerated World History

Prerequisites: Selection for course is based upon Social Studies and Language Arts class achievement, standardized test scores, and staff recommendations. Students will be invited if they qualify.

This two-semester course is designed for students who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding performance in social studies. Students are required to read and research intensively in World History. Analytic writing and critical thinking processes are incorporated in class work. Successful course work is directed toward preparation for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students will develop an understanding of political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic development in civilizations of both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Making use of a variety of resources, including an online learning component, the course will cover history through modern times.
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1409/2409—U.S. History

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students will receive a minimum of 1 hour per semester in a structured online learning activity that utilized technology with internet-based tools and resources as the delivery method for instruction, research, assessment and/or communication. The development of the United States from 1865 to the present is emphasized in this two-semester sequential course. Students develop an understanding of political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic relationships affecting the United States in history and in today’s world. Using the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the amendments, and other historical documents, student develop knowledge, understanding and application of the core democratic values given in these documents.
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1411/2411—U.S. History B

Prerequisites: Admission to U.S. History B by teacher recommendation and approval of Social Studies Department chairperson.

This one-year course is for those students experiencing difficulty in reading comprehension. This course looks at the basic chronological development and history of the United States as a nation from 1865 to present, and emphasizes the development of study skills, thinking skills, and reading comprehension skills. Using the ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the amendments, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core democratic values given in these documents. The course also includes vocabulary development and practice in acquiring information. Students develop an understanding of political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic relationships by the study of history. _________________________________________________________________

1418/2418—Advanced Placement U.S. History          
(2 Semester Sequence)                                                                                   ( NCAA)

Prerequisites: Selection for course is based upon Social Studies and Language Arts classes, tests, interest and staff recommendations. Students will be invited only if they qualify.

This two-semester course is designed for students who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding performance in social studies. Students are required to read and research intensively in United States History. Analytic writing and critical thinking processes are incorporated in class work. Successful course work is directed toward preparation for the College Board Advanced Placement® United States History examination. Actual performance on the exam determines whether college credit will be earned. Students develop an understanding of political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and geographic relationships through the study of history.  _________________________________________________________________

1420/2420—American Government                                         
    *(1423 American Government 7th hour Offered Semester 1 only)    (NCAA)

Prerequisite:  None

In this one-semester course, students will study the foundations, structure and   responsibilities of the United States Government. An understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the elections process will be included. Students will be encouraged to become active in the democratic process by participating in a service learning project.
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1421—American Government B             
(Offered Semester 1 only)                                                                        (NCAA)

Prerequisite:  Admission to American Government B is by teacher recommendation and approval of Social Studies Department chairperson.

This one-semester course is for those students experiencing difficulty in reading comprehension. In this course, students will study the foundations, structure and responsibilities of the United States Government. An understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the elections process will be included. Students will be encouraged to become active in the democratic process by participating in a service learning project.
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1422—Advanced Placement American Government and Politics  
(Offered Semester 1 only)                                                                           (NCAA)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Placement U.S. History or a staff recommendation based on performance in previous Language Arts and Social Studies courses. Students will be invited only if they qualify.

This is a one-semester course that is designed for students that have demonstrated exceptional interest and outstanding performance in Social Studies. Advanced Placement® U.S. History is not required, but it is recommended. Students are required to read and research intensively in American Government. Supplemental readings to the textbook are required. Analytical writing and critical thinking processes are incorporated in class work. A successful course is directed toward preparation for the College Board Advanced Placement® U.S. Government and Politics examination. Actual performance on the exam determines whether college credit will be earned. The successful completion of Advanced Placement American Government meets the graduation requirement for American Government. Emphasis will be placed on motivating the student to become active in the democratic political process through a service learning project.
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1436/2436—Sociology

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status recommended

The student is engaged in a variety of experiences and interactions such as discussion, role playing, and media analysis to apply sociology to his/her own life and situation. Sociology is the scientific study of people and the affects of groups on the individual. Real-life observation and analysis of social concepts and issues including race, gender, culture, abuse, and social class are explored through a sociological framework.
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1438/2438—Psychology

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status recommended.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of the principles, concepts, and theories that are the core of psychology. It should provide the student with a better understanding of himself/herself, his/her life, and interpersonal relationships. The content of this class should provide a foundation for future study in this field.
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2441—Economics B                              
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisite: Admission to Economics B is by teacher recommendation and approval of Social Studies Department chairperson.

This one-semester course is designed to accommodate students who have reading comprehension challenges. This course will include the study of American and global economic systems. The course covers basic economic concepts and thorough examination of micro and macro economic theories. Emphasis will be placed on understanding economic terms.
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1442/2442—Economics
    *(2445 Economics 7th hour Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisite: None

This course is a one-semester course of study on American and global economic systems. The course covers basic economic concepts and a thorough examination of micro and macro economic theories. Emphasis will be placed on understanding economic terms.
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2443—Advanced Placement Macroeconomics 
(Offered Semester 2 only)                                                                              (NCAA)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Placement® U.S. History or a staff recommendation based on performance in previous Language Arts and Social Studies courses. Students will be invited only if they qualify.

This is a one-semester course that is designed is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. Supplemental readings to the textbook are required. Analytical writing and critical thinking processes are incorporated in class work. A successful course is directed toward preparation to the College Board Advanced Placement Macroeconomics examination. Actual performance on the exam determines whether college credit will be earned. The successful completion of Advanced Placement Macroeconomics meets the graduation requirement for Economics.
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1444/2444—Law and Justice: The Constitution at Work

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status recommended.

Rights and application of the Constitution are the core of Law and Justice. This course features mock trials, simulations and guest speakers to illustrate key concepts of the law. Practical experiences, critical thinking, research and student involvement are required. Students examine criminal and civil law and contemporary legal issues. In addition to understanding the laws that affect you, this course is an excellent opportunity for exposure to law related careers.
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1447—Advanced Placement Microeconomics   
(Offered Semester 1 only)                                                                                (NCAA)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AP Macroeconomics and Senior status recommended

This course is designed to give students 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.