Social Studies Courses
Courses by Course Numbers - click title to see course description and prerequisites 
 
COURSES NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED
7491 – Civics 9 (9)
7492 – Careers 9 (9)
7493 – Adv. Civics 9 (9)
7494 – Adv. Careers 9 (9)
 
7105 – Ancient Civilization (11-12)
7107– Russian Civilization (11-12)
7108 – Western Civilization (11-12)
7305 – Sociology of Marriage & Family (11-12)
7308 – Human Geography (10-12)
 
 
REQUIRED COURSES
Course # 7495 – Citizenship & Government 9 (9)
The MN Academic Standards in Social Studies are changing beginning with the 2013 – 14 school year. This course will include 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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Course # 7496 – Geography 9 (9)
The MN Academic Standards in Social Studies are changing beginning with the 2013 – 14 school year. This course will include the study of geospatial skills and human geography. Human geography includes topics such as migration of human populations, processes of cooperation and conflict among people, and human interaction with environmental issues and resources.
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Course # 7001 – United States History A (11-12) U.S. History
Course # 7002 – United States History B (11-12)

Students will 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.
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Course # 7003 – United States History A in Spanish (11-12)
Course # 7004 – United States History B in Spanish (11-12)

Students will 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.
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Course # 7012 – AP United States History A (11-12)
Course # 7013 – AP United States History B (11-12)

Ranger U This first year college level course involves a very rigorous, in-depth study of United States history from its early Colonial period up to the present. By using primary sources and materials which require use of critical and historical thinking skills, the student is expected to learn not only historical knowledge, 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 paper assignments totaling at least one hour of homework per night. The student should be proficient in social studies and English skills.
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Course # 7022 – World History A (10-12)World History
Course # 7023 – World History B (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 taken during a student’s sophomore year of study. Major units of study in World History A cover a time frame beginning with the earliest record of humanity and ending with the 1st millennium of the Current Era, (AD 1000). World History B begins with the study of the late Medieval Period in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia and concludes with the Post World War II Era.
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Course # 7024 – World History A in Spanish (10-12)
Course # 7025 – World History B in Spanish (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 taken during a student’s sophomore year of study. Major units of study in World History A cover a time frame beginning with the earliest record of humanity and ending with the 1st millennium of the Current Era, (AD 1000). World History B begins with the study of the late Medieval Period in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia and concludes with the Post World War II Era.
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Course # 7051 – AP World History A (10-12)
Course # 7052 – AP World History B (10-12)

Ranger U AP World History A and B will satisfy the one credit requirement for World History in order to meet the graduation requirements. The courses are intended to offer the college-bound student an intensive study in World History that will involve a high level of rigor and comprehension based on extensive reading and writing at the college level. The daily expectation is that students will study between 1-2 hours each day. Students must take both courses and then demonstrate their achievement of college-level work by taking the AP World History exam in the spring.
Both courses, through the use of historical thinking skills in the examination of both primary and secondary sources will highlight the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences as well as comparisons among major societies. World History A will cover a time frame beginning with the earliest record of humanity and ending with the Age of Absolutism. World History B begins with the study of the Enlightenment and will conclude with the study of the Post Cold War Era of today. Students must take both courses A & B.
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Course # 7201– Economics (11-12)
Economics is the study of how people coordinate their wants and desires, given scarce resources and the decision-making mechanisms, social customs & political realities of their societies. Decisions made by consumers, workers, investors, managers and government officials interact to determine the allocation of scarce resources. Specifically, we will be examining the following contents: 1) Introduction to Economics, 2) How Markets Work, 3) Business and Labor, 4) Money, Banking and Finance, 5) Measuring Economic Performance, 6) Government and the Economy and 7) The Global Economy.
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ELECTIVE COURSES

students working Course # 7106 – Eastern Civilization (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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Course # 7205 – Anthropology (11-12)
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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Course # 7206 – Political Science (10-12)
Ranger U 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. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from the Pine Technical and Community College.
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Course # 7207– International Relations: Global Policy, Conflict, and Terrorism in the 21st Century (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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Course # 7210 – CIS Microeconomics (11-12)Econ
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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Course # 7215 – CIS Macroeconomics (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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Course # 7216 – CIS Political Science (11-12)
Prerequisite: Top 20% of class
Ranger U This course addresses the following topics: dilemmas of democracy, the Constitution, federalism, public opinion, political socialization, mass media, participation and voting, political parties, elections, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the courts, civil liberties, civil rights, and economic, domestic, and global policy. Guest speakers include elected officials, members of political parties, and interest group advocates. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (Pol 1001)
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Course # 7218 – CIS US History to 1880 (12)
Prerequisite: Top 30% of class and a passing grade in US History A/B
Ranger U CIS US History to 1880 is a survey of United State History from the early migrations of America’s Native population to the end of the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War. The course provides an overview of the political, economic and social history of the United States with emphasis on forces that resulted in the emergence of modern America. In this course, in keeping with the University of Minnesota requirements, students will acquire factual knowledge, consider historical evidence and interpret data in an analytical and critical fashion.
Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (1307)
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Course # 7219 – CIS US History 1880 to Present (12)
Prerequisite: Top 30% of class and a passing grade in US History A/B
Ranger U This course is a survey of the political, economic, and social history of the United States with emphasis on forces that resulted in the emergence of modern America. Students who have taken AP American History are not eligible for this class. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (1308)
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Course # 7300 – Contemporary Social Issues (11-12)
Teens growing up in society today have many concerns. Contemporary Social Issues (CSI) is an exciting social studies elective course that focuses on the issues in society that impact teens. Major topics covered are: social justice, teen dating issues, teen pregnancy, sexual assault, depression/suicide, and drug abuse. The goal of this class is to empower you to make responsible decisions and give you the tools to help others in need..
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Course # 7306 – Psychology (10-12)the 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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Course # 7307 – Sociology (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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Course # 7308 – Human Geography (10-12) (Not offered in 2016-2017)
The study of geography examines the location of places, the physical and human characteristics of places, the relationship of humans with their environment, human movement, and the formation of regions. Using these themes, the course will explore the earth and its people.
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AP Psychology Course # 7316 – AP Psychology A (11-12)
Course # 7317 – AP Psychology B (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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Course # 7330– Social Studies Lab (Area Learning Center ONLY)
Students enrolled in the Social Studies Lab at the ALC will have the opportunity to study the social sciences in an independent study setting. Students will earn the same credit and complete the same standards as students taking the same class in a “traditional” environment. Students will work at their own pace and will have the opportunity to work faster and make up missing or lost credits. The courses offered through the Social Studies Lab include: 2011/12: United States History A and B, World History A and B, Sociology and Contemporary Social Issues
2012/13: Psychology and Anthropology
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COURSES NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED
  
Course # 7491 – Civics 9 (9)
This course looks at the why and how of the U.S. government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. A close look at the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government is tied in with a study of the U.S. legal system. 

Course # 7492 – Careers 9 (9)
This course is an examination of individual abilities, interests and potential, with an exploration of basic economics as well as career and educational opportunities. 
 
Course # 7493 – Enriched Civics 9 (9)
This course looks at the why and how of the U.S. government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. A close look at the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government is tied in with a study of the U.S. legal system. Students in this section would cover the same curriculum, but in more depth and, using more supplementary materials. Students in this section would need to possess good written and verbal communication skills, along with good time management skills. Students will be selected based on 8th grade American History grades, teacher recommendation, and administrative approval. 

Course # 7494 – Enriched Careers 9 (9)
This course is an examination of individual abilities, interests and potential, with an exploration of career and educational opportunities. Students in this section would cover the same curriculum, but in more depth and using more supplementary materials. Students in this section would need to possess good written and verbal communication skills, along with good time management skills. Students will be selected based on 8th grade American History grades, teacher recommendation and administrative approval. 

Course # 7105 – Ancient Civilization (11-12)

This course will focus on the foundations of civilization in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and the Americas. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of geography, myths or legends, cultural contributions and historical development. These topics will be examined to give an understanding and appreciation for their significance on the customs and traditions of European, Asian, and American societies.
 
Course # 7107– Russian Civilization (11-12)
Russian Civilization will explore the geography, history and modern day culture of this huge, exciting land. Students will get hands-on experience with maps and learn how geography affects the way people live. Students will then explore their history with a particular look at Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the last Czar, Nicholas II and his family. The 20th century will focus on the rise and fall of communism and its leaders: Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Gorbachev.

Course # 7108 – Western Civilization (11-12)
Our country has been greatly influenced by the history, religion, and culture of Western Europe. In this course students will explore the development of European civilization. Units covered include the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Exploration, Nationalism, and the Enlightenment.
 
Course # 7305 – The Sociology of Marriage & Family (11-12)
The Sociology of Family Dynamics examines how interpersonal issues within the family are defined, and dealt with in American society. Sociology, psychology, and anthropology provide complementary perspectives on the topics addressed in this course. Units of study include: (1) the adolescent in society; (2) the adult in society; (3) gender, age and health; (4) the family; (5) marriage as an institution; and (6) divorce and remarriage.
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