Social Studies

Connecticut Technical High School System's Social Studies course breakdown by grade.

Grade 9

1 Credit
Global Studies
Honors Global Studies

Grade 10

1 Credit
Civics/American Government
Honors Civics/American Government

Grade 11

1 Credit
Modern U.S. History
Honors Modern U.S. History
American Studies
Advanced Placement U.S. History I
Civics/American Government

Grade 12

1 Credit
Advanced Placement U.S. History II
Civics/American Government

Sociology
Economics
Honors Economics
Law

Contemporary Issues
Psychology
Social Studies Topics
Topics in Modern U.S. History

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Global Studies (SS110)
A study of world regions, cultures and global issues that will help students develop research, writing and analytical skills. The purpose of Global Studies is to give students an understanding and appreciation of major geographic and cultural areas of the world and the issues and challenges that unite and divide them.

Honors Global Studies (SS111)
Honors Global Studies is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader with strong writing and analytical skills. The course is a study of world regions, cultures and global issues that will help students develop research, writing and analytical skills. The purpose of Global Studies is to give students an understanding and appreciation of major geographic and cultural areas of the world and the issues and challenges that unite and divide them.

Civics/American Government (SS210)
The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. 

Honors Civics/American Government (SS211)
Honors Civics/American Government is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader and writer. The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. 

Modern U.S. History (SS310)
This course focuses on the major historical periods, issues and trends in U. S. History from the 20th century to the present. Students examine historical themes such as ideals, beliefs and institutions, change and conflict, as well as mass media and technology in order to understand how the United States came to be the way it is.

Honors Modern U.S. History (SS311)
Honors Modern United States History is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader and writer. The course builds upon the historical foundations learned in Civics/American Government. This course focuses on the major historical periods, issues and trends in U. S. History from the 20th century to the present. 

American Studies (SS715)
American Studies is an integrated interdisciplinary course in Modern U.S. History and American literature. This humanities course focuses on the 20th century to the present and is taught cooperatively with English. Using a thematic approach the course develops the student’s understanding of the American character and culture while fostering an understanding of the social, political and economic institutions of the United States.

Advanced Placement U.S. History I (SS312)
United States History at the Advanced Placement level is an in-depth chronological and topical study of United States history from the Constitutional period through Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on writing, critical thinking, research and discussion. Original source documents will be examined and extensive reading in economics, cultural, intellectual and political history will be assigned.

Advanced Placement U.S. History II (SS605)
United States History at the Advanced Placement level II is a continuation of an in-depth chronological and topical study of issues in United States history from post-Reconstruction to the present.

Sociology (SS655, SS680)
Sociology introduces students to the study of human behavior from an individual and group perspective. Students will examine the role of the individual as a member of primary and secondary groups, and the pressures that these groups exert. They will investigate the culture and values of school, home and work.

Economics (SS625, SS660)
Students will study about choices that people make to satisfy their needs and desires. The course will provide them with fundamental economic ideas, concepts and skills necessary to reason logically about key economic issues that affect their lives as workers, consumers, producers and citizens. 

Honors Economics (SS630)
Honors Economics is an accelerated course that focuses on key micro- and macro-economic concepts, as well as key economic philosophies and their application to specific issues and topics.

Law (SS610)
Students are introduced to the American legal system and the impact of law on the daily life of the individual. Students learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, various kinds of laws and lawmaking bodies, as well as fundamental civil and criminal procedures.

Contemporary Issues (SS620, SS665)
In Contemporary Issues, students examine current issues on the local, national and global level using a variety of print and electronic news sources. The course encourages students to make connections to their trade and technical program. Classes focus on decision-making and critical thinking activities such as mini-debates and class discussions. 

Psychology (SS645, SS675)
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes that can involve both animal and human behavior. In Psychology, students are introduced to the historical development of psychology and the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will learn about personality development, learning theory, biological bases of behavior, heredity versus environment, memory, abnormal psychology and current mental health issues. 

Social Studies Topics (SS650)
This course provides students an opportunity to study selected social science topics from economics, law, psychology, sociology and/or contemporary issues. Students will use a range of print and non-print sources to analyze a variety of issues throughout the year.

Topics in Modern U.S. History (SS720)
This course focuses on key people, events and technology during specific historical periods in American history such as slavery, freedom, revolution, the new nation, expansion and reform, development of the industrial United States and the emergence of modern America. Students will compare and contrast time periods, as well as evaluate foreign and domestic policy decisions.

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