SOCIAL STUDIES & BUSINESS

The Social Studies/Business Department prepares young adults to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow with courage, intelligence, character, and a respect for human values. The Lasallian values we follow, the freedom we cherish, the material and spiritual comforts we enjoy, and the institutions that serve us are the products of great minds from many cultures. To fully appreciate this heritage, and to further the progress our world has already attained, we must acquire an understanding of the civilizations and the environments that have produced this heritage. The Social Studies/Business Department offers the following courses to achieve this understanding.

WORLD HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 10
Course: 722
1 Credit

This course is designed to introduce students in the General Education program to major world cultures. A basic introduction to the political, economic, geographical, social and historical aspects of various world societies will be examined. Fundamental study skills such as reading, note taking and critical thinking will be emphasized.

WORLD HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 10
Course: 724
1 Credit

This course is designed to examine the historical roots of the world, and analyze the impact of various nations on the course of history. Each unit will examine the political, economic, geographical, social and historical aspects of world societies, achieving for the student a greater sense of cultural awareness. Students will study the foundations of civilization from ancient times to the present, creating an interdisciplinary understanding of their surrounding world. Critical thinking skills, note taking and library skills will also be stressed.

HONORS WORLD HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 10
Course: 726
1 Credit

This course is designed to critically examine the political, economic, geographical, social and historical aspects of world societies. Students will be required to analyze world cultures, their leaders and the major historical events that have helped shape both the ancient and modern world. Students will compare and contrast cultures, and draw conclusions based upon their readings and research. This course will utilize modern news stories to focus upon the impact of past events. Class discussion and the ability to formulate justified opinions will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY

Grade: 10
Course: 728
1 Credit

This course is designed to offer sophomore students the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of the global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This is advanced through factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of international change, their causes and consequences as well as comparisons among major societies. This course emphasizes critical thinking and writing in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

UNITED STATES HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 11
Course: 734
1 Credit

United States History presents the historical experience of various American groups in a scope and manner that invites analysis and encourages appreciation. This course flows both thematically and chronologically as it presents events, personalities, and crises which have shaped our American heritage. The design and selection of subject matter of the course should enable students to relate what they are studying to their own needs and abilities to control the future. Successful completion of this course's Constitution Unit will fulfill the Social Studies requirement for the State of Illinois.

HONORS UNITED STATES HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 11
Course: 736
1 Credit

This course presents the exceptional student with a variety of sources of United States History. It also calls on the students to be able to make complex judgments and independent evaluations of our past and its relation to the present, based on reading, discussions and presentations. The development of an appreciation for our country's history and the students' abilities to make sense out of the American experience are also objectives of this course. Each student will be expected to perform well on tests and in discussion as well as in in-depth presentations to the class. All students will be required to complete a research project. Successful completion of this course's Constitution Unit will fulfill the Social Studies requirement for the State of Illinois.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY

Grade: 11
Course: 738
1 Credit

The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with problems and issues of United States History. The program provides motivated students with the opportunity to earn credit, advanced placement or both, for college while they are still in high school. AP students will be required to read and interpret primary source documents and be able to assess their relevance, their reliability and their importance. Through the use of primary source material, textbook readings and lecture and discussion, students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Students will be expected to enroll in Advanced Placement Political Science their senior year.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN HISTORY

Grade: 12
Course: 744
½ Credit (Semester Course)

Contemporary United States History is a required course designed to provide the student with an in-depth look at American history from the World War I era to modern times. This course will focus on 20th Century personalities, milestones and events that have shaped modern American society. Content will demonstrate the impact of past events on current situations, and will require the student to critically analyze the connections between the past and present. If a student does not follow taking Advanced Placement U.S. History with Advanced Placement Political Science, that student may not take this class. Such students must take another Social Studies elective for a semester. An Economics class will remain a requirement.

HONORS CONTEMPORARY US HISTORY

Grade: 12
Course: 746 
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course is designed to critically examine the political, economic and social aspects of our nation's events of the last century as they have shaped us into what we are in the 21st Century. Students will compare and contrast these events and utilize modern news stories and circumstances to help formulate and justify opinions as seen in the light of the present situations. If a student does not follow taking Advanced Placement U.S. History with Advanced Placement Political Science, that student may not take this class. Such students must take another Social Studies elective for a semester. An Economics class will remain a requirement.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS

Grade: 12
Course: 748
1 Credit

AP Political Science and Economics is a course for those students proficient in the fundamentals of American Government and basic economic principles. This course will examine in depth the complexities of the U.S. political system and its relationship with our current economic system. Topics will include: political parties, capitalism, interest groups, supply and demand, public opinion, policy-making, economic ideology and civil liberties. This course fulfills the Social Studies graduation requirement, and will prepare students for the AP Examination.

Prerequisite: AP U.S. History (738), Contemporary U.S. History (744) or Honors Contemporary U.S. History (746) and Approval of Department Chair

ECONOMICS

Grade: 12
Course: 764
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course will help students see the role of economics in their daily lives. It will give students a set of tools which will help them critically examine facts and issues related to the economics of the business world and aid them in evaluating the world in which they live. It will also help to develop economic thinking skills. Students will learn the basic principles and practices involved in the U.S. market economy. Some of the topics covered will include: competition and markets, business decisions, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, and taxes and debt.

HONORS ECONOMICS

Grade: 12
Course: 746
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course will help students with the role of economics in their daily lives. Students will study the basic concepts and skills used to evaluate issues in the business world and the world in general. Critical examination of the principles and practices in market and command economies and concepts of micro and macro economics will be explored. This will include, but not be limited to, the ideas of competition, markets, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, taxes and debt.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

CHICAGO HISTORY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 785
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course surveys Chicago history from early French exploration and settlement to the present.  Themes such as industrialization, immigration, labor, and events in Chicago’s history connected to national political developments, are analyzed.  Through the use of a variety of primary and secondary sources, the course examines the interaction of social, economic, and political factors in their impact on Chicago’s evolution.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 794
½ Credit (Semester Course)

Introduction to Psychology is designed as a course, which, in a straightforward manner, investigates behavior and mental processes. Students will gain knowledge of the primary concepts, theories, principles, and both the research and applied uses of general psychology, which will lay the foundation for further study in the field and help students recognize issues that could affect one's overall health. Topics of study will include, but are not limited to, a review of contributing disciplines, the brain and its role in behavior, learning and cognition, personality, human development, and social psychology.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 798
1 Credit

Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes primarily in human beings, but also in some animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within the discipline. They also explore the methods and ethics practitioners in the field employ in their science field of psychology and its associated professions. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May.

Prerequisite: 91 average or higher in Biology, and Approval of Department Chair; Introduction to Psychology (794) recommended

ACCOUNTING

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 874
1 Credit

This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of accounting. They will learn to maintain journals and ledgers, take trial balances, record adjusting and closing entries and prepare statements and reports reflecting business conditions of a single proprietorship. Students will participate in a simulated office accounting experience. The course prepares the students for further study of accounting and for entry-level employment.

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING

Grade: 12
Course: 884
1 Credit

This course involves an in-depth analysis of current accounting principles which exist in virtually all facets of the business community. Areas to be covered include: depreciation and amortization cost accounting procedures, financial accounting, and inventory control management.

Prerequisite: 77 Average in Accounting

MARKETING

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 894
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course introduces students to marketing and management techniques. Marketing is the process of developing and distributing products in order to satisfy customers' needs and wants. Emphasis is on how to manage and sell products and services for a profit. Topics include: promotion, purchasing, personal selling, pricing, marketing research and distribution.

ESSENTIALS OF FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 897
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course teaches students methods for approaching saving and investing. Topics include: certificates of deposits, security analysis, stock market, mutual funds, bonds, options, real estate and other investing techniques. Emphasis is placed on long-term investing and how to make money intelligently.

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