The central mission for social studies is education for participatory citizenship for the common good that goes beyond the boundaries of the United States to include the global community. The goal of the State Social Studies program is to empower learners to be informed and reflective thinkers, responsible citizens, and productive members of society.  Students must earn 4 credits in social studies to meet graduation requirements. The four credits shall include: United States History and Government, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, World History and Government, Modern History of Hawaii, and Participation in Democracy. In addition to the general education program, social studies credit may also be earned through Special Education, ELL, PSSAS Programs and Electronic-School. An important component of the social studies program is student participation in community service. All students are required to participate in at least ten hours of community service per social studies course they are enrolled in. In addition, students will be required to participate in the school wide community service day in the spring. Students who relocate to Hawaii from overseas may request a course waiver for the required Modern History of Hawai’i course if the student already earned course

credit for another state history.

Grade 9      Ethnic Studies/Philosophy

Grade 10    Participation in Democracy/ MHH

                   Participation in Democracy/ MHH (Honors)

Grade 11    United States History & Government

                  United States History & Government (Honors)

                  Economics/Psychology/Philosophical Inquiry

                  Advanced Placement World History

                  Advanced Placement Psychology

Grade 12   World History & Culture

                  World History & Culture (Honors)

                  Economics/Psychology/Philosophical Inquiry

                  Advanced Placement World History

                  Advanced Placement Psychology

Note: Grading for Advanced Placement courses are based on a 5-point scale. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam held in May. The exam fee is $87.00, and a passing score of 3, 4, or 5 is accepted by many colleges and universities. A passing grade, therefore, translates to less tuition for undergraduates. Although it is true that some popular colleges do not accept AP courses for credit, admissions officers do assess student preparedness based on AP courses and AP exams. Transcripts revealing AP courses should also, in the eyes of admissions officers, include AP test scores.

SOCIAL STUDIES

ETHNIC STUDIES/PHILOSOPHY

CER2100/ CPG2200   1/2 CREDIT EACH

Description: Grade 9. Ethnic Studies. This course will be paired with Philosophy for 9th graders. This course examines the dynamic interactions among various groups in American society today. It looks at social justice, equity, power, economic parity, and voice in terms of ethnicities, minorities, disenfranchised groups, and critically reviews

differences between “ideal” democracy and the realities of today. The course incorporates the use of class discussions and service learning.

Description: Grade 9. Philosophy. This course will be paired with Ethnic Studies for 9th graders. Students will examine historical and contemporary issues using dialogue, Socratic discussion, logic, and empathy. They will examine diverse cultural beliefs, values, activities, and behaviors of various cultural groups by engaging in thoughtful,

logical, and reflective discourse and conversation. Students will also learn how to study effectively and manage their time. Students are expected to maintain an organized binder, including an assignment calendar, class and textbooknotes, assignments and homework, which will be graded regularly.

PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRACY/ MODERN HISTORY OF HAWAII (H)

CGU1100(H)/CHR1100(H)

1/2 CREDIT EACH

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Description: Grade 10. Participation in Democracy. This accelerated course is designed to assist the learner in understanding his/her roles, rights, and responsibilities as a citizen of our world, nation and state. To do so, students will examine foundations and principles of the democratic process; participate in debates; and use the tools and methods of social scientists to conduct historical inquiries.

Description: Grade 10. Modern History of Hawai’i. This accelerated course is designed to assist the learner in understanding and analyzing the dynamics of change and continuity in Hawai’i. To do so, the students will examine past economic, political and social decisions and events and compare them to current conditions in Hawai’i as well as

predict future ramifications of the actions of today on the Hawai’i of tomorrow through the historical inquiry process and discussions.

PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRACY/ MODERN HISTORY OF HAWAII

CGU1100/ CHR1100

1/2 CREDIT EACH

Description: Grade 10. Participation in Democracy. This course is designed to assist the learner in understanding his/her roles, rights, and responsibilities as a citizen of our world, nation and state through the analysis of primary and secondary sources. To do so, students will examine foundations and principles of the democratic process; examine students’ rights and role as a citizen; and use the tools and methods of social scientists.

Description: Grade 10. Modern History of Hawai’i. This course is designed to assist the learner in understanding the dynamics of change and continuity in Hawai’i. To do so, the students will examine past economic, political and social decisions and events and compare them to current conditions in Hawai’i.

U.S. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

CHU1100 |  1 CREDIT

Description: Grade 11. This course is designed to assist the learner in understanding America’s present based on its past. Students will examine and analyze key ideas, events and people that have shaped our nation as well as formulate their own ideas and understandings of the country that they live in through discussions, writing essays and historical inquiry. The US History & Gov’t End of Course (EOC) Exam is a requirement for the course and will account for 15% of their final grade.

U.S. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT (HONORS)

CHU1100 (H)  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Description: Grade 11. This accelerated course is designed to assist the learner in understanding America’s present based on it’s past. Students will examine and analyze key ideas, events and people that have shaped our nation as well as formulate their own ideas and understandings of the country that they live in through discussions, writing essays and

historical inquiry. The US History & Gov’t End of Course (EOC) Exam is a requirement for the course and will account for 15% of their final grade.

WORLD HISTORY AND CULTURE (HONORS)

CHW1100(H)  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Description: Grade 12. This accelerated course is designed to assist the learner in understanding the dynamics of change and continuity of a culture and nations through historical inquiry. They will identify, examine and analyze the impact global interactions had upon these cultures and nations as well as predict future ramifications based on what

they have discovered.

PSYCOLOGY

CSD2200 |  1/2 CREDIT

Description: Grade 11-12. This course is designed to assist the learner in understanding not only his/herself but also those around them through the lens of psychology. To do so, they will examine and analyze various theories, influencing factors, and disorders that influence human behavior.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

UNITED STATES HISTORY

CHA6100 |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Special Notation: This course can be taken in place of CHU1100, US History and Govt.

Advanced Placement is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a college introductory course in U.S. History. Summer homework is mandatory and will be assigned in the spring of theschool year prior to the start of the course.

Description: Grades 10-12. Students will analyze and interpret primary sources, documentary material, maps, statistical tables and pictures to write analytical papers. Topics include exploration and settlement of the New World, colonial society and the Revolution, the establishment of the Constitution and New Republic, nationalism and economic expansion, sectionalism, the Civil War and Reconstruction and ndustrialization; and 19th-20th Century intellectual and cultural movements, national politics, foreign policy and the post-World War II period. Students must take the Advanced Placement Examination in May for an approximate fee of $89.00. If students pass the exam, they may earn college credit.

WORLD HISTORY AND CULTURE

CHW1100  |  1 CREDIT

Description: Grade 12. This course is designed to assist the learner in understanding the dynamics of change and continuity of a culture and nations through historical inquiry. They will identify, examine and analyze the impact global interactions had upon these cultures and nations as well as predict future ramifications based on what they have

discovered.

ECONOMICS

CSD2500  |  1/2 CREDIT

Description: Grade 11-12. This course is designed to assist the learner in gaining financial literacy or the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions through their understanding of finances. They will identify, examine and analyze the relationship between economic conditions of the past, present and future in correlation with themselves and the financial decisions they are making or will make.

PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY

CPS2100 |  1/2 CREDIT

Description: Grade 11-12. Philosophical Inquiry is a half credit social studies elective. It is an innovative multidisciplinary class that focuses on critical and philosophical thinking in geography, history, economics, and political science. It provides students with a framework for critical and philosophical thinking and gives them opportunities to

see how they can apply the framework to other areas of their schoolwork and life. The Department of Education's rationale for designing and implementing the course is to improve student achievement. The course is designed to teach students how to think philosophically and critically so that they are better equipped to solve complex problems

and be responsible citizens. It is the Department's belief that Philosophical Inquiry will assist students in achieving 21st century learning outcomes and better prepare them to be "college and career-ready."

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

WORLD HISTORY

CHA6300  |  1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Special Notation: This course can be taken in place of CHW1100, World History and Culture. Advanced Placement is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a college introductory course in World History. Summer homework is mandatory and will be assigned in the spring of the school year prior to the start of the course.

Description: Grades 10-12. AP World History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit in World History. It is a year-long study of interconnections between human societies from 8,000 B.C.E. to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCH I & II

CSA2300/ CSA2400    1 CREDIT

Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.

Special Notation: Advanced Placement is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a college introductory course in Psychology. Summer homework is mandatory and will be assigned in the spring of the school year prior to the start of the course.

Description: Grades 10-12. AP Psychology is “designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principals, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice” (College Board 2004). Students who take psychology courses report that they learn both about themselves and those with whom they live, therefore heralding the relevance of psychology to every day life. This course is rigorous and students will be required to frequently read challenging materials, write timed essays and take difficult exams. Students will also be required to

engage in class discussions, experiments and a multitude of other hands on projects. All classroom activities, homework, special projects and assessments in this course are designed to help students pass the AP Psychology test.

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