Capuchino High School

Social Science

Course Descriptions

Modern World History I-II College Preparatory
GRADE: 9-10 CREDITS: 10 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: None 


This first semester examines major turning points in the shaping of the modern world from the late 17th century to the present. Through an examination of current world issues involving human rights violations, students trace the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back to the rise of democratic ideals. Topics also include the ideas of enlightenment and how they inspired revolutions in the United States and France; factors that led to the Industrial Revolution; Imperialism and the rise of capitalism, and finally the causes of World War One. In spring students looks at the consequences of WWI and how it led to totalitarianism in the Modern World – Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. We then analyze World War II and the changes it created in our world with the creation of the Cold War. Throughout both semesters students develop an understanding of the historic and contemporary geographic, social, political, and economic contexts in which world problems have arisen. They are presented with differing perspectives on issues and events as they develop the critical thinking skills of informed citizens.

Pre-IB Modern World History 1-2
GRADE: 10 CREDITS: 10 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of 9th Grade Teachers and Capuchino Counseling Department


This course includes essentially the same historical content as Modern World History 1 CP but also provides a level of conceptual sophistication that will be beneficial to students planning to enroll in the IB History of Americans in the junior and senior year. Content will stress writing analysis. This class continues in the spring semester with the themes developed in Modern World History 1 AS, focusing on areas such as the Eastern Europe, China, Latin America, and the Middle East but also provides a level of conceptual sophistication that will be beneficial to students planning to enroll the IB courses. Content will stress writing analysis.

Contemporary World Studies
GRADE: 10 CREDITS: 5 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: None


This one-semester introductory social science course taken in the freshmen year examines a variety of geo-political regions, focusing on the interdependence and interaction of the various nations and people of the world. Teachers and schools will select three non-European areas in the world for study. The five regions are Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Russia Eastern Europe.  Capuchino’s areas of study include four units: Geography Essentials and Culture, Latin America with an emphasis on Mexico, Asia with an emphasis on China, and the Middle East.  Students are also introduced and practice critical thinking, analysis, and interpretation skills necessary for their success in future history classes.


United States History 1-2 College Preparatory
GRADE: 11 CREDITS: 10 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: None


This course is designed to help students understand the present by studying basic concepts and important knowledge throughout American history. This course begins with a review of the key issues and events of pre-1900 U.S. History, and continues with an in-depth investigation of the many aspects and periods of the 20th century. Students will examine these historical events, tracing their roots to the past and extending their influence to the present.

IB History of the Americas
GRADE: 11-12 CREDITS: 10 in each year COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: Receive and A or B in Modern World History (honors), or an A in MWH (cp), or parent and student statement explaining why they would like to take the course. It is also advised the applicant also have an A or B in English.


History of the Americas, at the Higher Level will be taught as 2-year course. The course will begin the summer before the 11th grade with introductory meetings and reading and writing assignments. The course is designed to develop and expand the students’ understanding of the history of the United States, Latin America, and Canada from colonialism to the present. Students will analyze historical events and their political, social and cultural effects on society. Through this course of study, students will examine a variety of perspectives of each historical event, resulting in a greater understanding of the present through the past.

American Government College Preparatory
GRADE: 12 CREDITS: 5 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: None


In this one semester course students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. Topics studied include: a) the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, b) the legislative and executive branches, c) the courts, d) the election process and political culture, e) federalism and f) contemporary issues in the world today.


Economics
GRADE: 12 CREDITS: 5 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? Yes
PREREQUISITES: None


In this one-semester course, students deepen their understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live. Topics studied include: a. fundamental economic concepts, b. comparative economic systems, c. microeconomics, d. macroeconomics, and e. international economic relationships. Students learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners and managers, and members of civil groups. In this final course, students add to economic understandings they acquired in previous courses and apply tool (such as graphing, statistics, and equations) learned in other subject fields.



Leadership Training 1-2
GRADE: 9-12 CREDITS: 5 COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? No
PREREQUISITES: Recommendation and Approval of Student Activity Director


The Leadership Class, along with Capuchino’s elected Student Council Officers and Clubs, plans, implements and evaluates student activities that seek to educate, celebrate, and acknowledge the co-curricular component of campus life. Leadership and learning to become a leader is more than planning school dances or running for student body president. Leadership means taking steps to create positive change in the situations those students are involved in. The Leadership class provides opportunities for students to develop their own style and interpretation of “leadership”. Developing skills for communication, time management, goal setting, interpersonal relations, public relations, and organization, will be primary objectives for this class, along with planning and implementing activities on campus.

Aguayo, Vanessa
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Alvarez,A, Angelica
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Bywater, Drew
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Gonzales, Andrea
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Keirns,M, Marc
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Kuchenig, Scott
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Letke, Jason
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Maund,, Rita
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Vosberg,A, Alicia
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Weiss, Adrienne
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