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Social Studies Course Offerings

In order to meet the responsibilities of today’s complex society, a citizen should be familiar with the basic concepts of history, geography, economics, sociology, and politics. The Social Studies courses are designed to present these concepts and inspire students to play a significant role in society. It is our firm hope that an informed citizen transfers knowledge into sound behavioral actions. Major emphasis is placed on the development of skills in critical thinking, reading, oral and written expression, gathering and organizing information and reaching logical conclusions. All skills are stressed each year so that students will be able to develop competency, consistent with their abilities. An SAT II exam may be taken upon completion of some courses. See your guidance counselor for details. 

9th Grade Program 

The Social Studies program for 9th grade is Global History and Geography. It provides students with the opportunity to study world cultures and civilizations as they apply to the Five New York State Social Studies Standards. During the course of the year, students will understand the connections which exist between the study of Global History, Geography and the complex interdependent global society in which they live. They will also develop an understanding of how societies throughout history have developed economic systems which allocate scarce resources. Ninth grade is the first year of a two-year program. The chronological developed units of study begin with Ancient civilizations and culminating with the Age of Absolutism. 

 

0202 Global History and Geography 9R (1 Credit) 

This is a dynamic and challenging course. It develops and sharpens the tools needed for students to be self-directed learners, as well as collaborative workers. Higher level performance and problem solving skills are taught. This course focuses on the reading of a wide array of primary source materials, extensive writing activities and the development of high level conceptual thinking skills. Students will be exposed to a high degree of interdisciplinary English and historical activities. Also, students will be responsible for producing research projects. The overall intent of the course is to enforce the major concepts and themes that are needed to understand the connections which exist between the study of Global History and Geography and the complex interdependent global society in which they live. This program culminates in the Global Studies Regents Exam at the end of grade 10.

NCAA Approved  

10th Grade Program 

Social Studies Grade 10 Humanities Block Course Description:

The high school’s two-year preparation for the Global Studies Regents Exam will include an extra period of Global Studies every other day for all 10th grade students. Students will be scheduled in a similar fashion for grade 10 English. The combination of Social Studies 10 and English 10 is referred to as a Humanities Block which will afford increased opportunities for learning and for the development of critical common skills. This Humanities Block will emphasize the reading, writing, research, listening, and speaking skills necessary for success in grade eleven and beyond. 

 

0209 Global History and Geography - 10R Humanities Block (1 ½ Credits) 

Prerequisite: Global Studies 9R 

The program for grade ten is the second year of the two-year Global Studies course. This program focuses on the study of World History which requires an understanding of world cultures and civilizations, including the analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. This study also examines the human condition and the connections and interactions of people across time and space and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of perspectives. This course will concentrate on building skills necessary to pass the Global Studies Regents Exam at the end of the year. 

NCAA Approved       

11th Grade Program 

0212 United States History and Government (1 Credit) 

Prerequisite: Global Studies 10 

This is a chronologically organized course in U.S. History, with constitutional and legal issues developed. Emphasis is placed upon the study of industrial growth, foreign policy and research based writing. This course concludes in the US History Regents Exam.        

 NCAA Approved                 

12th Grade Program

All seniors are required to complete the following:

½ Credit in Economics

AND

½ Credit in one (1) of the following Public Policy Courses:

Anti Social Behavior

Criminal Justice

Issues in Gov't/PMC

Multi-Cultural Identity

News Literacy

Peers Reaching Out

Facing History and Ourselves

Long Island Past, Present & Future


0215 Economics (½ Credit)
 

Prerequisite: U.S. History & Government 11R 

This is a senior level course in economics and economic decision making. The course includes the basic economic concepts and understandings which people need to function effectively and intelligently as citizens and participants in the United States and the world.   

NCAA Approved


Public Policy Choices
 

0216 Public Policy - Criminal Justice (½ Credit) 

This senior level course is designed to enable the students to understand how our Criminal Justice System works and relates to our day to day lives. The students will know their rights and responsibilities as a citizen. This course also offers a trip to Riverhead Jail to enable each student to understand the negative dynamics of incarceration. The students will study the organization and function of the Suffolk County Police Department, the court system of the State of New York, and the penal system of the United States. Research or reaction papers are due each week.  

NCAA Approved 

 

0217 Public Policy - Anti Social Behavior (½ Credit) 

The course is designed to explore the many issues of society and behaviors that are viewed as deviant among our culture. Anti-Social Behavior is a course designed to meet the public policy criteria, while allowing students the chance to study their own society as well as others. Students will gain greater understanding of society in an ever globalizing world. This will include topics such as the development of social consciousness, social stratification, the nature of deviance and gender inequality etc. After completing this course, the student should acquire a practical knowledge of his/her surroundings. 

NCAA Approved 

 

0218H Public Policy - Issues In Government/Princeton Model Congress  
(½ Credit - Honors)
 - Offered Fall Semester Only  

Prerequisite: A Global History Regents Exam grade of 85 or better. A final grade of 85 or better in AP US History, 90 or better on the US History Regents Exam and a teacher recommendation. Offered Fall semester only. This course is also known as Princeton Model Congress. 

This course will prepare students for participation in the Princeton Model Congress program. In the first half of the school year, students will research issues in government, learn debate structure, and engage in the creation of their own bill for legislation. Students are then required to take part in the hands-on experience of traveling to Washington DC for the Princeton Model Congress in mid-November. Attendance on this trip is mandatory for the issuance of credit in this course. Students will pay for their hotel and food costs while in Washington DC during this four day field trip. Students should only take this course if they are interested in engaging in meaningful debate, public speaking, and policy implementation. There is an emphasis placed on debate structure and public speaking as a basis of the political process.                                 

NCAA Approved 

 

0219 Public Policy - Peers Reaching Out (½ Credit) 

This senior level peer leadership course follows the New York State suggested syllabus through the community service model. Emphasis is placed on a skills for living curriculum, and participation in class activities. Topics include communication skills, decision making, substance abuse, and how public policy is formulated. Community service is required. 

 

0220 Public Policy - Multicultural Identity (½ Credit) 

This senior course is designed to explore many of our contemporary issues affecting society today such as sexism, racism, problems in the family, drugs, homelessness and violence. This course will also delve into many different ethnic groups and their issues. Grading will be based solely on position papers and class participation.  

NCAA Approved 

          

0222 Public Policy - News Literacy (½ Credit)

How do you know if you are getting the truth from the news media? News Literacy is a half year public policy course designed to create responsible, well-informed news consumers. Students will learn how to distinguish verified information from raw messages, spin, gossip and opinion. Students will be encouraged to seek material that will make them well-informed citizens and voters. 

 

0223 Public Policy - Long Island Past, Present & Future (1/2 Credit) 

This course is designed to explore the development of Long Island from Dutch Settlement days through the present.  Students will explore Long Island through a number of unique perspectives, including but not limited to, literature, history texts, site visits, films and speakers.  A considerable amount of time in this course will be dedicated to exploring the current economic, governmental, political and social issues and trends affecting Long Island.  

NCAA Approved  

      

0236 Public Policy - Facing History & Ourselves (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with the English course Facing History and Ourselves (0129).  

Facing History students will examine the roles, rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a global context. This course will examine the purposes of government and civic life, and the differing assumptions held by people across time and place, regarding power, authority, governance and avenues for participation of the citizen. Students will look at events such as the Holocaust, racism, anti-Semitism and political violence to understand that most events in history are the result of choices made by countless individuals and groups. Within a global context, the course will examine personal responsibilities inherent in a democratic process that promote the public welfare of a society and acknowledges responsibility for the consequences of a citizen's actions. 

NCAA Approved  

 

Advanced Placement Courses 

0238 AP World History I (1 Credit - Advanced Placement) 

Prerequisite: A final grade of 90 or better in 7th grade English and Social Studies and a current average of 90 or better in English and Social Studies; a teacher recommendation and mastery level on the New York State 8th grade ELA and Social Studies Assessments.  Students must also take English 9H (0101) and successfully complete the required summer assignment. 

The AP World History I course is a dynamic course that offers students the ability to learn about world cultures from approximately 8000 B.C.E. through 1750 C.E. This course is an intensive study of history which focuses on students’ abilities to connect issues over time. The Advanced Placement program is a college level course tailored to meet the needs of high school students. This is the first half of a two year course which culminates with an Advanced Placement Exam in May and the Global History Regents Exam in June. Both exams are given in a student’s sophomore year. Students are required to take a final exam in June of their freshman year, upon completion of AP World History I. Students have the ability to earn college credit dependent upon their score on the AP Exam and upon the university they will attend. Readings of primary and secondary sources are expected in conjunction with extensive writing samples. Students in an Advanced Placement course are highly motivated and consistently participate in and out of the classroom. This course is offered to selected students of proven academic ability in the field of social studies. Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.

NCAA Approved 

 

0237 AP World History II - (1 ½ Credits - Advanced Placement)

Prerequisites: A final grade of 90 or better in Global 9 OR 85 or better in AP World History I.  A teacher recommendation. Students must also request English 10H (0105) and complete a summer. 

Students must complete a summer assignment which includes extensive reading and writing. (See page 3 for AP course enrollment criteria.) The AP World History II course is a dynamic course that offers students the ability to learn about world cultures from 1750 to present, and build upon thematic, chronological thought begun in the 9th grade. This course is an intensive study of history which focuses on students’ abilities to connect issues over time. The Advanced Placement program is a college level course tailored to meet the needs of high school students. This is the second half of a two year course. Students must take the AP World History Exam in May and the Global History Regents Exam in June. Both exams are given in a student’s sophomore year.  Students have the ability to earn college credit dependent upon their score on the Advanced Placement Exam and upon the university they will attend. Readings of primary and secondary sources are expected in conjunction with extensive writing samples. Students in an Advanced Placement course are highly motivated and consistently participate in and out of the classroom. This course is offered to selected students of proven academic ability in the field of Social Studies.   Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.

Grade Taught: 10 
NCAA Approved  

0233 AP U.S. History (1 Credit - Advanced Placement) 

Prerequisites: A final grade of 90 or better in Global 10 or an 85 in AP World History II, 85 or better on the Global 10 Regents Exam, and completion of a summer writing assignment.  Students requesting this course must meet with the instructor in June. Extensive writing is expected in the course so that the student will be able to write document based essay questions, an integral part of the AP exam.

This course is offered to selected students of proven academic ability in the field of Social Studies. This is a college level course in American History culminating with the Advanced Placement exam in May. Students who have attained success in this examination may receive college credit. This course will fulfill the one credit requirement for U.S. History & Government. Students must take the U.S. History Regents Exam in June.   Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.           

Grade Taught:  11
NCAA Approved 

 

0234 AP European History (1 Credit - Advanced Placement) 

Prerequisites: A final grade of 85 or better in US History or AP US History and proficient performance on Global History Regents Exam. Prior passing grades in social studies necessary to enroll.  Completion of summer writing assignments.  Students requesting this course must meet with the instructor in June. Extensive writing is expected in the course so that the student will be able to write document based essay questions, an integral part of the Advanced Placement exam. 

AP European History is a dynamic course designed to survey Western Civilization from the Renaissance through the end of the Cold War. This course is offered to selected students of proven academic ability in the field of Social Studies.  Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.    

Grades Taught: 11 - 12
NCAA Approved 

 

0229 AP Psychology (1 Credit - Advanced Placement)

Prerequisites: A final grade of 85 or better in US History or AP US History, an 85 or better on the Regents Exam in the prerequisite courses. Completion of a summer assignment. 

This is the course that tries to answer some of the most fascinating questions that we human beings face. It’s Longwood’s version of what most colleges call Psych 101. Approximately ninety percent of college students take this course because it meets the requirements of many fields of study. Also, because it tries to answer the question, “Why do people think, act, and feel the way we do?” At Longwood, the class features many interesting demonstrations, experiments, and fun cooperative activities. However, it is a very rigorous course. The demands are great and rewards are satisfying and applicable to real life. The expectation is that you have had success in previous social studies classes. What will really determine your success: interest in the subject, having an open mind, and a willingness to complete independent tasks. The summer assignment for this course is a creative project called “The Brain.” Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.

Grade Taught: 12
NCAA Approved

 

0232 AP Macroeconomics (1 Credit - Advanced Placement) 

Prerequisites: A final grade of 85 or better in US History and the US History Regents Exam. Completion of a summer writing assignment.  Students requesting this course must meet with the instructor in June. Extensive writing is expected in the course so that the student will be able to write document based essay questions, an integral part of the Advanced Placement exam. 

This course provides students with a rich and rigorous course aimed at a learning experience equivalent to a typical college macroeconomics course. This course would culminate with a College Board Examination in Macroeconomics, with which students may earn the equivalent college credit for a semester long course at many colleges and universities. This class also explores public policy issues operating in government, politics, and various social sciences. This course is offered to students of proven academic ability in the field of social studies.  Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit. 

Grade Taught: 12
NCAA Approved

0239 AP US Government and Politics  (1/2 Credit – Advanced Placement) Spring Semester Only 

Prerequisite: A final grade of 85 or better in AP World History II or Global History 10 and an 85 or better in AP US History or a final grade of 90 or better in US History. An 85 or better on both the Global and US Regents Exam. Offered in the Spring semester only.

AP US Government and Politics is an intense, introspective course that focuses on the internal issues and workings of the United States Government. Beginning with the foundation of constitutional democracy and moving quickly into the modern era, this course will examine current events, modern trends, and public policy issues through the lens of the US Constitution and the ever-evolving interpretations therein.  Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.    

  • This is a half year course which will constantly prepare students for the AP Exam in US government and Politics in May. This course is for seniors who are looking to stimulate their knowledge of political science.
  • This course culminates in an AP Exam which could earn the student college credit based on their score. Topics include constitutional foundations, Federalism, The Bill of Rights, institutions of government, political parties, nominations, campaigns, elections, voting behavior, special interests, the economy, Federal budget, and Foreign Policy issues.
  • This course will also satisfy the New York State senior level Participation in Government requirement.  

Grade Taught: 12
NCAA Approved 



The following courses are adapted to provide for student needs and
accommodations as specified in an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
 

Prerequisites: IEP, Current Teacher Approval, Department Chairperson/Supervisor Approval

250Z Global History and Geography 9 (1 Credit) 

This is a dynamic and challenging course. It develops and sharpens the tools needed to students to be self-directed learners as well as collaborative workers. High level performance and problem solving skills are taught. This course focuses on the reading of a wide array of primary source materials, extensive writing activities and the development of high level conceptual thinking skills. Students will be exposed to a high degree of interdisciplinary English and historical activities. Also, students will be responsible for producing research projects. The overall intent of the course is to enforce the major concepts and themes that are needed to understand the connections which exist between the study of Global History and Geography and the complex interdependent global society in which they live. This program culminates in the Global Studies Regents Exam at the end of grade 10.  

Grade Taught: 9
NCAA Approved 

 

0251Z Global History and Geography 10  (1 ½ Credits)                  

Prerequisite: Global Studies 9 

The program for the tenth grade is the second year of a two year Global studies course. This program focuses on the study of World History which requires an understanding of world cultures and civilizations, including the analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs and traditions. This study also examines the human condition and the connections and interactions of people across time and space and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of different perspectives. This course will concentrate on building skills necessary to pass the Global Studies Regents Exam at the end of the year. 

Grade Taught:  10
NCAA Approved  

   

0252 United States History and Government (1 Credit) 

This is a chronologically organized course in U.S. History, with constitutional and legal issues developed. Emphasis is placed upon the study of industrial growth, foreign policy and research based writing. This course concludes in the US History Regents Examination. 

Grade Taught:  11
NCAA Approved 

 

0253 Economics (½ Credit) 

Prerequisite: U.S. History and Government 11R 

This is a senior course in economics and economic decision-making. This course includes the basic economic concepts and understanding which all people need to function effectively and intelligently as citizens and participants in the United States and the world.  

Grade Taught:  12
NCAA Approved  

 

 

0255 Public Policy - Criminal Justice (½ Credit) 

This senior level course is designed to enable the students to understand how our criminal justice system works and relates to our day to day lives. The students will become more aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens in a democracy. This course also offers a trip to Riverhead Jail. This will enable students to explore career opportunities within the Department of Corrections, law enforcement, and the courts. The trip will also enable each student to understand the negative dynamics of incarceration. The students will study the organization and function of the Federal, State and local police, court, and prison systems. Research or reaction papers are due each week. 

Grade Taught:  12
NCAA Approved    

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