•  2020-2021 School Year
    Social Studies

     

    Students are encouraged to take as many elective courses as their schedule allows.

     

    Courses Shown Below

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    Social Studies Courses
     
    REQUIRED COURSES
     
    Citizenship & Government 9
    Offered Annually
    Course: 7495
    Grade: 9
    This course satisfies the ½ credit requirement in Citizenship & Government needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. This course includes the study of civic skills, civic values and principles of democracy, rights and responsibilities, government institutions and political processes, as well as relationships of the United States to other nations and organizations.
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    Geography 9
    Offered Annually
    Course: 7496
    Grade: 9
    This course satisfies the ½ credit requirement in Geography needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. This course includes the study of geospatial skills and human geography. Human geography units include: Introduction, Population, Cultural, Political, Agricultural, Environmental, Economic, and Urban.
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    AP Human Geography A/B 
    Course: 7488/7489
    Grade: 9-12
    This is a college level, intensive study, two course series in Human Geography. Its function is to give highly motivated students who are independent learners and who are driven to succeed, an opportunity to gain potential college credit and to provide students with an extremely strong background in human geography. This course meets the Social Studies Geography 9 requirement and adds a social studies elective. Students must register for both AP Human Geography A and AP Human Geography B.  It is expected that a student in this AP class will take the Advanced Placement Exam for the course, which is offered in May.
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    Citizenship and Government in Spanish
    Course: 7497
    Grade: 9
    Spanish Immersion Link Image This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7495
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    Human Geography in Spanish
    Course: 7498
    Grade: 9
    Spanish Immersion Link Image This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7496
     
     
     
    United States History A/B
    Offered Annually
    Course: 7001/7002
    Grade: 11-12
    Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B
    U.S. History A and B will satisfy the one credit requirement for U.S. History in order to meet the graduation requirements. Students complete a two term study of the history and development of the United States from the beginning of Native American Indian discovery through European colonization to the present day. Major themes of study include the convergence of cultures from the Americas, Europe and Africa; the American Revolution; the Civil War; industrialization; the emergence of modern America, World War I and II; and the postwar United States to modern day.
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    United States History A/B in Spanish
    Course: 7003/7004
    Grade: 11-12
    Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B
    Spanish Immersion Link Image This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7001/7002
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    AP United States History A/B
    Course: 7012/7013
    Grade: 11-12
    Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B

    Ranger U AP U.S. History A and B will satisfy the one credit requirement for U.S. History in order to meet the graduation requirements. This first year college level course involves a very rigorous, in-depth study of United States history from the earliest American peoples to the present. By analyzing primary and secondary sources and applying historical thinking skills, the student is expected to learn not only historical content, but also social, political, cultural, and economic concepts. The course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement National Exam in the spring, which, if successfully completed, can afford the student a college freshman history credit. This course involves extensive homework including reading and essay assignments totaling at least one hour of homework per night. 

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    World History A/B
    Offered Annually
    Course: 7022/7023
    Grade: 10-12
    World History A and B satisfy the 1 credit requirement in World History needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. The courses are chronological in context and are designed to be primarily taken within a given school year. Major units of study in World History A cover a time frame beginning with the earliest record of humanity and ending around 1450 CE. World History B continues from there and concludes with the Post World War II era.
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    World History A/B in Spanish
    Course: 7024/7025
    Grade: 10-12
    Spanish Immersion Link Image This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7022/7023
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    AP World History A/B
    Course: 7051/7052
    Grade: 10-12 

    Ranger U In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguements; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course prvides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation. AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. Students must take both courses A & B.

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    Economics
    Offered Annually
    Course: 7201
    Grade: 11-12
    Economics is the study of how people coordinate their wants and desires, given scarce resources and the decision-making mechanisms, social customs, and political realities of their societies. Students will examine microeconomic components of the economy such as price, competition, business, budgeting, and credit. We will also examine macroeconomic issues related to the ecomony as a whole through employment and labor issues, banking, the role of the government in the economy, and selected topics on global economics. 
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    ELECTIVE COURSES

    students working Eastern Civilization
    Offered Biannually Odd Years (2021-2022)
    Course: 7106
    Grade: 11-12
    From the Great Wall of China to Kung Fu, from Abraham to Osama bin Laden, this course spans a broad range of relevant topics. Students will examine the unique contributions and achievements of the Far East, South Asia, and the Middle East – half of the world’s population and more than half of the world’s great religions. This course will study how Confucianism and Taoism still have influence in modern China and how Buddhism still influences Japan and SE Asia. It also explores how Hinduism and Islam still impact Pakistan and India, and how Islam affects the entire Middle East – and therefore the entire world. Students will also compare/contrast non-Western thought and lifestyle with the Western world, including Christianity, martial arts, literature, film and terrorism; and how each are deeply affected by non-Western thought.
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    Anthropology
    Course: 7205
    Grade: 10-12 
    Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind. Physical anthropology investigates the biological aspects of what it means to be human. Cultural anthropology investigates the cultural evolution of human societies through archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. This class concentrates on cultural anthropology.
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    International Relations (Global Policy, Conflict, and Terrorism in the 21st Century)
    Course: 7207
    Grade: 10-12
    This course will offer an exciting and engaging opportunity to analyze and understand the current direction and events of U.S. foreign affairs. Current affairs and world events as they relate to the United States social and economic welfare is a major focus of this class. This course will examine U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. and the Middle East, the U.S. and Central America, terrorism and the threat to the U.S., and other pertinent contemporary foreign policy issues.
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    Political Science
    Course: 7208
    Grade: 10-12
    This course addresses the following topics: principles and origins of U.S. Government, the Constitution, federalism, political parties, voters and voter behavior, the electoral process, mass media, public opinion, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, economic policy, foreign policy, national defense, the courts, civil liberties, civil rights, comparative political and economic systems, and state and local government. Guest speakers include elected officials, members of political parties, and interest group advocates.
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    CIS Microeconomics
    Course: 7210
    Grade: 11-12Econ
    Prerequisite: Top 20% of class
    Ranger U Students will complete an intensive study of microeconomics and the principles underlying economic activity and the way these principles work through our economic institutions. This course will focus on supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and distribution of income. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (ApEc 1101)
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    CIS Macroeconomics
    Course: 7215
    Grade: 11-12
    Prerequisite: Top 20% of class
    Ranger U Students will complete an intensive study of macroeconomics and the principles underlying economic activity and the way these principles work through our economic institutions. There is a focus on national income, money and banking, economic growth. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (ApEc 1102) 
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    Contemporary Social Issues
    Course: 7300
    Grade: 11-12
    Contemporary Social Issues is a social studies elective course where students study various dynamic issues facing today’s society enabling them to discover their values and responsibilities as citizens in that society. Students utilize different learning methods to research, discuss, debate and formulate opinions on controversial topics that students have the opportunity to choose and explore.
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    Psychology
    Course: 7306
    Grade: 10-12the brain
    Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and animals. The course of study will concentrate on the following areas: introduction to psychology, methods and experimentation, biological influences on behavior, heredity and environment, physiology of the brain, sleep and consciousness, theories of learning and memory, and psychological disorders and their treatment.
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    Sociology
    Course: 7307
    Grade: 10-12
    Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and human group behavior in modern societies. This course covers the following concepts which are basic to sociology: (1) the role of the sociologist; (2) the structure and function of society; (3) social processes and institutions; (4) collective and deviant behavior; (5) racial and ethnic relations; (6) communication and propaganda; (7) culture: the product of group experience; and (8) current social issues as related to sociology.
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    AP Psychology AP Psychology A/B
    Course: 7316/7317
    Grade: 11-12
    Ranger U The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, 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. Additionally, this course will prepare students to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement Psychology exam. Students will develop and utilize advanced reading, writing, and communication skills. Students must take both courses A & B.
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