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    All students need three social studies credits, including United States History I, United States History II, and World History to qualify for graduation. Advanced Placement United States History will fulfill the United States History graduation requirement. The recommended program of studies according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education includes World History, United States History I, and United States History II.
     

    Grade 8 History - Early American History and Civics, 2352-2353
    This course will explore the roots of American democracy so that students will understand the philosophies that shape our constitutional government.  Units include the Original Americans, European Exploration and Conquest, the Colonies, the Revolution, and the Constitutional Era.  In addition, students will investigate how the Constitution has been applied in specific cases, and will explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Students will often be asked to examine content through close readings of primary and secondary sources.  This honors course is for the highly motivated and independent learner, and independent research and projects will be required.


    World History Honors - 0229
    This course is designed for motivated students who wish to explore and examine in depth a global perspective of the world from the late 1700s to the present. Students study the economic and political roots of the modern world. Topics include Revolutions in Europe, South America and Asia; the Industrial Revolution; Imperialism; the World Wars; the Great Depression; the Cold War; and the modern era.    Supplemental research, reading, and projects will be required.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    World History  CP2 - 0228
    This course is for the college-bound student. It is designed to help students understand the foundations of a global society from the late 1700s to the present. Students study the economic and political roots of the modern world. Topics include Revolutions in Europe, South America, and Asia; the Industrial Revolution; Imperialism; the World Wars; the Great Depression; the Cold War; and the modern era. Supplemental research, reading, and projects will be required.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    World History  CP1 - 0227
    This course is designed to help students explore the world from the late 1700s to the present. Students study the economic and political roots of the modern world. Topics include Revolutions in Europe, South America, and Asia; the Industrial Revolution; Imperialism; the World Wars; the Great Depression; the Cold War; and the modern era. Supplemental research, reading and projects will be required. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7 This course does not satisfy NCAA eligibility requirements, please reference page 7.)


    Advanced Placement World History - 0230 
    Grades 10-12:  The AP World History course offers motivated and qualified high school students the opportunity to take a college level introductory world history course. This course covers world history from 6000 BC to today, using 5 chronological periods. Large themes such as trade, technology, and interaction among societies and empires will be the focus as students perform the work of historians, including analyzing documents, looking at how societies change over time, and making comparisons among civilizations. Students should be able to handle a large workload and have solid reading and writing skills. All students are expected to take the national AP exam in May.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    U.S. History I  Honors - 0241
    Grade 10:  This course is designed for motivated students who will examine in depth the historical and intellectual origins of the United States. Students will analyze the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras as well as the framework of American democracy. Students will study America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, the market revolution, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, industrialization, and progressive reform. Supplemental readings, projects, and research are required. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    U.S. History I  CP2 - 0242
    Grade 10:  This course is designed to help students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States. Students will analyze the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras as well as the framework of American democracy. Students will study America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, the market revolution, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, industrialization, and progressive reform. Supplemental readings, projects, and research are required.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    U.S. History I  CP1 - 0243
    Grade 10:  This course is designed to help students explore the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras as well as the framework of American democracy. Students will study America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, the market revolution, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, industrialization, and progressive reform. Supplemental readings, projects and research are required. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.  This course does not satisfy NCAA eligibility requirements, please reference page 7.)


    U.S. History II  Honors - 0245
    Grade 11:  This course continues the American story from 1900 to the present. Students will analyze America’s growing role in the world and the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War I and II. Students will also study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the 20th century, and more recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Supplemental readings, projects and research are required. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    U.S. History II  CP2 - 0246
    Grade 11:  This course is for the college-bound student is aimed at fostering a better understanding of America from 1900 to the present. Students will analyze America’s growing role in the world and the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War I and II. Students will also study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the 20th century, and more recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Supplemental readings, projects, and research are required.(BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    U.S. History II  CP1 - 0247
    Grade 11:  This course is designed to help students explore the history of the U.S. from 1900 to the present. Students will analyze America’s growing role in the world and the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War I and II. Students will also study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the 20th century, and more recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Supplemental readings, projects and research are required. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7. This course does not satisfy NCAA eligibility requirements, please reference page 7.)


    AP U.S. History - 0240
    Grades 11-12:  This course is designed for the motivated student who wishes to undertake an introductory college course in U.S. history. Students will acquire the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with topics in U.S. history from the Pre-Columbian societies of the Americas to the political, economic, social, and cultural issues America faces in the contemporary world. This course progresses at an accelerated pace, and requires extensive reading, discussion, and writing.  There will be a mandatory summer assignment and all students are required to take the AP Exam in May. (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7) 


    Psychology  Honors - 0251
    Grades 11-12:  This course will cover theorists and theories of human behavior. Focus is placed on careers and ethical principles, research methods, recent research on the brain, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, life developmental stages, personality theories, psychological tests and disorders, methods of therapy, stress and health, and group behavior.    This course requires strong reading ability, writing, and research skills. College-bound students will find this course to be very helpful as an introduction to Psychology 101 that many take in their first year of college.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 2-4, 6-7)


    Psychology CP2 - 0250
    Grades 11-12:  This course covers the fundamental principles of psychology and aims to help students better understand themselves and others. Focus is placed on careers and ethical principles, research methods, recent research on the brain, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, life developmental stages, personality theories, psychological tests and disorders, methods of therapy, stress and health, and group behavior. College-bound students will find this a course to be very helpful as an introduction to Psychology 101 that many take in their first year of college.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 2-4, 6-7)

    AP Psychology - 0239
    Grades 11-12:  This course is designed to provide the motivated student with a learning experience equivalent to a college introductory psychology courses. The course will introduce students to the major schools of psychology and will continue with units on research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning processes, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Extensive reading, writing, and discussion are required.  It is recommended that students have taken, or take concurrently with this course, Biology, Human Anatomy, and Statistics.  All students are required to take the AP exam in May.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 2-4, 6-7)


    Cultural Perspectives in U.S. History - 0215(CP2), 0216(H)
    Grades 11-12:  This course will investigate the rich cultural contributions of various groups to American society and culture.  Emphasis is on the experiences of African, Hispanic, Native, and Asian Americans.   Students will analyze the past and present relationship of these groups witih the federal government and the concept of "the American Dream."  Students will also explore the identity issues that have been unique to both involuntary and voluntary immigrants throughout American history.  Projects, primary and secondary source readings, and research will be assigned appropriately throughout the course.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    Principles of Economics and Finance - (CP2), 0269(H)
    Grades 11-12:  Why are whales more likely than chickens to become extinct?  Why are safety belts required in cars but not in school buses?  The answers to these questions, surprisingly, can be found in the study of economics.  This course is designed to prepare students for introductory to intermediate level economics courses in college.  Students in this course will gain a basic understanding of economic and financial principles and strong emphasis will be placed on the foundations of economic study such as: supply and demand, market structures, the role of incentives, public policies, trade, and industry behavior.  Students should expect a wide variety of readings, guest speakers, and projects throughout the year that will require them to apply these economic principles to their own lives.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 2-7)


    AP Economics - 0262
    Grades 11-12:  This course prepares the motivated student for intermediate and advanced economic college courses, and is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with economics and economic systems.  Students will learn to assess economic data, examining its relevance, reliability and importance, and will learn to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in economic scholarship. The course places special emphasis on the study of national income, price level determination, economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students will be prepared to pass the AP tests in both Microeconmics and Macroeconomcis and all students are required to take the AP Exam(s) in May. (BHS 21st Century Expectations Addressed: 2-7)


    AP U.S.Government and Politics - 0207             
    Grade 12:  This course is designed to give the motivated student an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States, and includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and an analysis of specific examples.  Topics covered include the Constitutional Underpinnings of U.S. Government; Political Beliefs and Behaviors; Political Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Media; Institutions of National Government; Public Policy; and Civil Rights and Liberties. Extensive reading, writing, and discussion are required.  Students selecting this course should be personally interested in politics and the political process and are expected to read a reputable daily national news source such as the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post.  All students will be required to take the A.P. exam in May.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed: 1-4, 6-7)


    AP Human Geography - 0275
    Grade 9:  This year-long course is for highly motivated students and is designed to provide a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most semester-based college-level introductory courses on human geography.  This course is aligned with the AP Human Geography Course Description published by the College Board.  As an introduction to the study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface, the course will help students develop a geographic perspective with which to view the landscape and understand current events.  Topics covered include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industrialization, agriculture, urban geography and resource management.  Students will also learn about the apply the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  (BHS 21st Century Expectations addressed:  1-4, 6-7)

    Student Policy Academy - 1598(CP), 1599(H)
    Grade 12:  This course is designed for students with an interest in or a career goal of law enforcement.  Specialists from the Barnstable Police Department provide demonstration and instruction in the practices of today's law enforcement officer.  Topics include the police department hierarchy, the duties of the patrol officer and police detective, the various methods of policing, crime analysis data, laws and issues regarding alcohol use, and the inner workings of the Barnstable County House of Correction.  Relevant current events are discussed as they pertain to course topics.  In addition, students will learn substantive information about law, democracy, and human rights through use of the Street Law educational program.  This program promotes problem-solving, critical thinking, cooperative learning, improved communication and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to participate effectively in society.  (BHS 21st Century Expectation addressed:  1-4, 6-7)