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Social Studies

Brandon Academy High School Social Studies
Pre IB Course Offereings for 9th and 10th Grade
 

World History Honors 

This full year class is a survey of World & European History from the Fall of Rome to the end of the 19th Century. The majority of the course focuses the impact of religion and revolutions/change.  The class begins by examining the impact of the Roman Empire and Christianity on the rise of Western political thought and democracy in the middle ages.  It discusses the changes that let to the beginning the modern world in Europe.  It includes the evolution of democracy from the English to the French Revolutions.  As we move into the 19th Century, the class examines the changes in government in Europe as a result of the Enlightenment. Finally, the Industrial Revolution focuses on the unique role of Britain and the problems between labor and the new middle class that spawned new theories such as Communism and Socialism. The class is a topical history course rather than chronological. The class is a topical history course rather than chronological.

 

United States History Honors

This semester course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with problems in U. S. History. Students will learn how to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will continue improve upon their essay writing and critical thinking skills.  The course is taught is as a topical history course rather than chronological.  Among the topics covered in this course are the American Revolution, the United States Civil War, and World War 1.

 

US Government & Economics (Honors)

This semester course is divided into two parts. In the first section, students will also study the United States Government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal and state level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy.  In the second section, students will learn about the fundamentals of economics including such topics as different economic theories and systems, macro/microeconomics and currently economic conditions and trends.