Social Studies Electives I

Psychology

Simply put, this course is all about your brain and how it works. Examining why you think the way you do and how you think the way you do, Psychology is for the student who is interested in individual human behavior. The course looks at everything from mental illness, to conditioning for behavior, to how drugs work, to the impact of sleep on how you function. You will explore amnesia, examine the Zombie brain, and dissect a sheep’s brain. The class is assessed through projects, and you must be ready to do TED talk presentations and to discuss mature content in a mature manner. This course is offered at the CPI and Honors level in separate sections, and the Honors level requires completion of Biology in order to register.

Introduction to Sociology

This course is all about how humans behave when they are placed into groups. Examining the origins and manifestations of things like racism and sexism, Introduction to Sociology is for the student who is interested in collective human behavior. The course explores social cliques, gender identity, family dynamics and disfunctions, racial affinity and segregation, and socially compliant and deviant behaviors. This course includes a mixture of assessments, and is for students who are ready to discuss controversial content in a mature manner. This course is offered at the CPI and Honors level in separate sections.

Introduction to Law

This course is all about how the US legal system works and doesn’t work. Digging into the laws of the land, Introduction to Law is for the student who is interested in the Constitution, the court system, and how laws are enforced in equitable and inequitable ways in this country. This course presents the reality behind the fiction of today’s police procedural TV shows in order to get to the real reasons why Law causes Order. This course includes a mixture of assessments, and is for students who are ready to have discussions of current events and are interested in future careers and courses in political science, criminal justice and law enforcement. This course is offered at the CPI and Honors level in separate sections.

 

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