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Political Science

This class is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss, understand, and explore national and international events from multiple perspectives.  The class will use newspapers, online media, cartoons, newscasts, and documentary films to support class discussion. Topics will include ongoing national issues like immigration, Black Lives Matter, and gun violence.  The U.S. presidential elections will be covered in the fall. International issues will include the ongoing conflicts as in Syria and Yemen, the protests in Hong Kong, and global climate change. The class will learn the history behind current events and understand how it is possible for some to have a different opinion on a topic based on a differing point of view. Assessment will include round table discussions, presentations, and projects. It should be fun and worthwhile! (1/2 Unit)
 
If you don’t know a lot about what is going on in the world, this course is for you! 
 

American Media: Broadcasting and Journalism Then & Now

This is a yearlong elective course focusing on the development and role of the media in the United States. The first semester focuses on the origins of American Mass Media and the role it has played in shaping American culture, politics, and history. The second semester will focus on mass media today. Students will learn about the increasing role and the challenges of mass media in society today, and will also learn the basics of writing, producing, video editing, and directing broadcast media. The course will conclude with a practicum where students will produce their own broadcast journalism segments. (1 Unit)(Seniors Only)

SOCIOLOGY

 
Sociology is the study of the origin, the history and structure of human society and its institutions. Its focus is on an understanding of group dynamics of human behavior and the methods used by psychologists to master the basic questions concerning the human condition. (1/2 Unit)
 

PSYCHOLOGY 

Psychology is intended to introduce students to the overall study of human behavior and the methods used by psychologists to master the basic questions concerning the human condition. (1/2 Unit)
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