Social Science Learning Portal

Current Courses

American Government

American Government

This course examines the historical origins, structure and function of government in the U.S., with a focus on citizenship, political participation, and civil rights. MANDATORY Maryland HS, HSA Exam.

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US History (Gr8)

US History (Gr8)

Eighth grade United States History focuses on developing students’ understanding of American History from Colonization until the dawn of the 20th Century. In United States History students interpret historical evidence and identify significant trends and major turning points that define the first 300 years of the American experience. The study of United States History will enable students to understand the development and expansion of a market economy and the economic forces that drove the growth of a continental power. In addition, students will examine the foundational documents and democratic practices that define the growth of the American Republic. Students will analyze the processes and mechanisms that increased the body politic and the impact of different cultures on the development of an American identity. By considering events from multiple perspectives students will understand that women, African Americans, Native Americans and other minorities possess historical agency. Awareness of these processes assist student comprehension of the complicated nature of the American story.

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US History (Gr9)

US History (Gr9)

A Semester long survey of American history since Reconstruction. Major units focus on a chronological story, with an emphasis on themes that pull together the whole: immigration and culture, industrial and urban development, global involvement and change.

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African American Studies to 1865

African American Studies to 1865

African American Studies to 1865 examines how Africans were brought to the Americas and developed a distinct culture amid the horrors of slavery, all the while yearning for freedom that would come with the Civil War in 1865.

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Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law

This course examines the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches in the development of laws and policies. The emphasis of the course is to study the role that the judicial branch has had in the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and its impact on individual and civil rights as well as the role of the national & state governments. Emphasis will be placed on studying cases that have been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Contemporary Affairs

Contemporary Affairs

This course examines current issues and trends in the world that will impact our students future lives: education, media literacy, politics, and the economy. Major investigations of poverty and the urban environment, world economics, automation and employment, and information systems. Students use current news articles to see the world as it is today within the context of yesterday and tomorrow.

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Economics

Economics

This course is a survey of economic theory with particular emphasis on the market as a means of addressing the challenges of production and distribution of resources in the United States. Students study basic economic concepts, national and international monetary policies, and the application of economic principles in everyday life.

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World Geography

World Geography

The study of the planet, and how humans interact with it is the subject of this course, which uses both physical and human geography to evaluate five key themes: location, place, human environmental interaction, movement, and region. The course relies heavily on technology such as landsat, gps, and data overlay to investigate how resources are distributed and used. Major topics include water resources, agriculture, and urban development.

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African American Studies from 1865

African American Studies from 1865

African American Studies from 1865 is an elective course that gives a broad survey of the historical and current situation of African Americans in the US through a documentary focus; examines what it means to be Black in America today using history, biography, photographic artifacts and the arts, including music, literature and drama.

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Introduction to Law

Introduction to Law

This course will introduce students to the United States’ legal system and illustrate ways in which they might intelligently participate within the system. Students will be able to distinguish between major areas of law including constitutional rights, criminal law, civil law, family law, torts, contracts, and property.

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Sociology

Sociology

This course is concerned with human groups and factors that unite or divide them, including culture, values, social groups, social stratification, population, the family, socialization, propaganda, and social institutions. Focus is on the impact of change on mores, norms, and customs.

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