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America in Conflict I and II

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to meet the American History requirement for junior level students. The primary purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the people, events and forces that shaped the country in which we live. Particular emphasis is placed on better understanding of the complex nature of change and the interaction of various events and influences associated with it. America in Conflict focuses on the conflicts that America has been involved in and traces the causes, the outcomes and the impacts on peoples, countries and foreign relations. America in Conflict I focuses on the time period from Pre-Colonial through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

American Government

The primary purpose of the Problems classes is to acquaint students with the philosophies, structures, and processes of federal, state, and local governments. To enhance understanding of how government works, students identify and participate in a variety of governmental activities and simulations. Development of critical reading and thinking skills are required to communicate information and varying points of view successfully.

~ FALL SEMESTER ~
DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES IN ACTION- This class focuses on the role of the citizen in a democracy, specifically, participation in government, voting, initiatives, referendums, lobbying, PACS, interest groups, state and local government and how a bill becomes law. The course will include a service-learning component.
BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE- With a brief historical overview of democracy, this course emphasizes the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Constitutional Amendments, including current developments on constitutional issues.

~ SPRING SEMESTER ~
LAW AND JUSTICE- Authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice are the themes that are studied in order to understand the foundations of our government and evaluate the differences between a constitutional democracy and a society that is not free.
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS- Using current issues as a spring board, this class investigates the relationship of the U.S. to other nations, how domestic policies and public opinion affect foreign relations, and how our position in the world affects our government policies.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

American Social Movements

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an in-depth look at social, cultural and political movements in America, the cause and effect as well as the impact those movements have on people, places etc. Movement topics include but are not limited to: Immigration, The Gilded Age, Social Reform, Industrial Revolution, Labor Movements, The Roaring Twenties, Age of Consensus (1950s), The Red Scare, Music, 1960s Counter Culture, Civil Rights, Vietnam Protests, and current issues in America.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

American West

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course follows the westward movement in America from early explorers and mountain men to farm and ranch settlement with emphasis on the impact of native populations. This class also covers western pioneer settlement {mining towns, cow towns, outlaws and lawmen}, resource discovery and exploitation, Montana as a western state and various government policies associated with the west.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

AP United Stated Government and Politics

GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Strong interest in Political Science and consent of instructor
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class is preparation for the AP test in US Government and Politics and fulfills the Problems in American Democracy requirement for seniors. Content area is based on an in depth study of this topic, including:
1. Constitutional principles that are the basis of US government
2. Shared and diverse political beliefs, behaviors, and culture
3. The role of political parties, interest groups, and mass media in the US democracy
4. The three branches of government
5. Public policy, including policy-making, agendas, bureaucracy, and interaction among different groups
6. Development and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World Geography

This class will focus on the five themes of geography: location, place, regions, movement, and human-environment interaction. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the physical and cultural characteristics of the regions and countries of the world. The use of current events to bring perspective to our study will be a part of the course.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY I – Offered in the fall, this class will focus on the regions of US/Canada, Europe & Russia, China, East Asia, Antarctica, Australia, and Oceania.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY II – Offered in the spring, this class will focus on the regions of Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World History - Ancient World History

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class covers Pre-history through Ancient civilizations from Egypt to China and the Americas; including classical Greece and Rome. The time frame includes the ancient civilizations to approximately 500 AD.

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

World History—Revolution and the Modern World

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class includes the years between 1400 and early 1900’s. Course content focuses on the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, European expansion, the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism.

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

World History—World Movements

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class begins with Persia and Byzantium around 200 AD and moves through the development of Islam, imperial China, new empires in Asia, feudalism, and the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, through approximately 1700 AD.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

World History—Cold War to the present

GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will cover most of the twentieth century through the present, this course will enlist a global perspective in exploring WW I and WW II, changing political boundaries, regional alliances, the Cold War, technological advances, and the “global community.”

Teacher: Ms.Burns
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