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Social Science

The Lane Tech Social Science Department offers the widest variety of electives in the district in addition to the required courses of World Studies and United States History. All students complete World Studies during their freshman year and US History during sophomore year. While not required to take four years of a social science, most students choose to due to our varied offerings and excellent teaching staff. This dynamic group of teachers specializes in the classics, economics, psychology, political science, journalism, archaeology, computer science, anthropology, and of course, history (from ancient times through the present). This brings to the social science classrooms a diverse perspective allowing students to become well-rounded citizens. The History department also offers nine different AP classes across a variety of subjects. Many students jump right into our AP program with both feet and enjoy tremendous success. For other students who might have a little apprehension about taking an AP course, we offer classes that can be taken in advance of an AP course to help prepare students for their first AP experience. For instance, students can choose to take an economics elective prior to taking AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics. Technology is a large part of the social science curriculum—most teachers use timely news clips, Ted Talks, cutting documentaries, interactive iPad applications, online simulations, and websites to enhance the classroom environment and to provide parents with a window into their child's courses. In addition to the offerings listed below*, the Social Science Department sponsors the Close-Up trip to Washington DC, Academic Decathlon, Model United Nations, Mock Trials, CSI: Lane Tech — an interactive cross-curricular event wherein Law and Forensic students team up to solve a staged crime, and overnight trips to visit colleges and universities.

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Curriculum Map

H World Studies

OR

AP Human Geography
Social Science Elective AP US History

OR

H US History
Social Science Elective


Social Science Electives
Most courses offered at R and H levels

Contemporary American History
Early World History
Ethnic Studies
Law
Middle Eastern History
AP European History
AP Comparative Government
AP US Government
AP Human Geography
AP Economics (Micro and Macro)
AP Psychology
AP World History


Course Descriptions

Course Code: 275101A
Course Title:
AP European History

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
AP European History is a college-level survey course that introduces high school students to the rich political, cultural, social, and intellectual history of Europe. The course is specifically designed to provide students with an in-depth study of European history from the Renaissance to modern day. In addition to course content, the course is specifically designed to improve student's analytical reading and essay writing skills. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.0 GPA; have earned an A or B in all prior History and English classes

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.0 GPA; have earned an A or B in all prior History and English classes.

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 272101A
Course Title:
AP Govt and Politics: Comparative

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course sharpens student's analytical abilities by causing them to compare political systems and governments of six countries in different stages of political development. Students will be brought through the basics of political science and the comparative system. The theories of Locke, Hobbes and Rousseau will be discussed as will the various political ideals that underlie the political systems of the subject countries. Once the fundamentals of political science and the comparative system are mastered; students will study the political system of Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, China, Russia and Great Britain. Students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Test in Comparative Government.

Suggested Prerequisites:
N

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 272201A
Course Title:
AP Govt and Politics: United States

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
AP US Government and Politics is equivalent to an introductory college-level American Government course. It provides students with the skills necessary to analyze government and politics in the United States. Students will understand their own political beliefs and behaviors. Furthermore, students will become experts on the institutions of the national government, and why our founders put them in place. Civil rights, civil liberties, and court cases will also be analyzed, as well as the role of political parties, interest groups, the news media and their influence on campaigns and elections. Current political events are discussed on a daily basis, and frequent political discussions are part of the class as well. Suggested Prerequisite(s): Strong reading comprehension and analysis skills, desire to put forth college-level effort, and ability to work well independently and in groups.

Suggested Prerequisites:
N

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 272201A^^
Course Title:
AP Govt and Politics: United States (Omega)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
AP US Government and Politics is equivalent to an introductory college-level American Government course. It provides students with the skills necessary to analyze government and politics in the United States. Students will understand their own political beliefs and behaviors. Furthermore, students will become experts on the institutions of the national government, and why our founders put them in place. Civil rights, civil liberties, and court cases will also be analyzed, as well as the role of political parties, interest groups, the news media and their influence on campaigns and elections. Current political events are discussed on a daily basis, and frequent political discussions are part of the class as well. Suggested Prerequisite(s): Strong reading comprehension and analysis skills, desire to put forth college-level effort, and ability to work well independently and in groups.

Suggested Prerequisites:
N

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 277101A
Course Title:
AP Human Geography

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
In human geography, students study social issues on a regional basis. In other words, we compare sociological issues region by region. In this class we examine urban design (how cities differ region by region), agriculture (diet, health and differing types of food), cultural patterns (religions, ethnic groups and popular culture), population demographics (why some regions have many children and other areas lots of elderly), and environmental issues (global warming and pollution). Students examine these issues and compare how regions differ. The class is geography in the sense that we compare countries and regions and analyze them. It is human in that we are primarily looking at social issues. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.2 GPA

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.2 GPA

Course Fee:
$10

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 277101A^^
Course Title:
AP Human Geography (Omega)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
In human geography, students study social issues on a regional basis. In other words, we compare sociological issues region by region. In this class we examine urban design (how cities differ region by region), agriculture (diet, health and differing types of food), cultural patterns (religions, ethnic groups and popular culture), population demographics (why some regions have many children and other areas lots of elderly), and environmental issues (global warming and pollution). Students examine these issues and compare how regions differ. The class is geography in the sense that we compare countries and regions and analyze them. It is human in that we are primarily looking at social issues. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.2 GPA

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.2 GPA

Course Fee:
$10

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 273101A
Course Title:
AP Macroeconomics

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Macroeconomics studies the economy as a whole. It analyzes key economic indicators like GDP, unemployment, and inflation. Macro studies how government uses different policies to try to achieve full employment and stable prices. It also examines the Federal Reserve and how money is created and regulated through the banking system and international trade.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Strong math skills; GPA > 3.0.

Course Fee:
$25

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 273201A
Course Title:
AP Microeconomics

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Microeconomics studies the individual parts that make up the economy. It focuses on how businesses make decisions like how much to produce, how many workers to hire, and what prices to charge for products. Micro engages in an in-depth analysis of how supply and demand operate in different markets to determine the maximum profit to producers, consumers and society. Microeconomics also examines the effects of government policies on individual markets and the role government in the economy.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Strong math skills-especially in graphical analysis; GPA > 3.0.

Course Fee:
$25

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 271101A
Course Title:
AP Psychology

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students will be exposed to facts, principles and phenomena associated with psychology (adapted from College Board AP Psychology Workshop materials). Topics studied in this course include, but are not limited to, different psychological perspectives, research methods, human development, sensation and perception, motivation, emotion, personality theories, abnormal psychology and social psychology. Students should be willing to read independently, write and participate daily. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.0 GPA is suggested.

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.0 GPA is suggested.

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 276101A
Course Title:
AP United States History

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The AP US History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. Students learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Thus, students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively. Suggested Prerequisite(s): GPA > 3.25; A or B in World Studies; strong reading comprehension and writing skills; strong work ethic, willing to put in the time and effort required to be successful in the class.

Suggested Prerequisites:
GPA > 3.25; A or B in WS; strong reading comprehension and writing skills; strong work ethic.

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 276101A^^
Course Title:
AP United States History (Omega)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The AP US History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. Students learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Thus, students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively. Suggested Prerequisite(s): GPA > 3.25; A or B in World Studies; strong reading comprehension and writing skills; strong work ethic, willing to put in the time and effort required to be successful in the class.

Suggested Prerequisites:
GPA > 3.25; A or B in WS; strong reading comprehension and writing skills; strong work ethic.

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 245101A
Course Title:
AP World History

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The course will cover from the beginning of human history to the present. AP World History explores the reasons why events happened in human history. The course will examine the political, social, economic, and cultural concepts that have played a major role in human history. AP World History will cover the development of all major regions of the world. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.0 GPA

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.0 GPA

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 245101A^^
Course Title:
AP World History (Omega)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The course will cover from the beginning of human history to the present. AP World History explores the reasons why events happened in human history. The course will examine the political, social, economic, and cultural concepts that have played a major role in human history. AP World History will cover the development of all major regions of the world. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.0 GPA

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.0 GPA

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 264101H
Course Title:
Global Issues (Social Science - 7)

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course will approach current global issues through the application of National Geography Standards and the Ten Principles of Economics (Mankiw). Global Issues will also include study of the U.S. Constitution and today's functioning of the federal government. Students are required to pass a Constitution Test. Students will also engage in the historical research process as they complete a History Fair project and compete in the Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) History Fair. Global Issues will develop in students an ability to write and think critically and analytically as well as interpret and analyze a variety of texts.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Admission to the LTAC program
Course Code: 280101H
Course Title:
Law in American Society

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Law In American Society is a high school course designed at Georgetown University which addresses practical legal issues in today's world. Preparing students to understand the criminal justice system and dedicated to empowering people through law-related education. Students learn substantive and instructional strategies. The class also provides students with the ability to analyze, evaluate, and resolve legal issues. Mock Trials (which are excellent for developing extemporaneous skills) are conducted in the class and both criminal and civil trials will be held. #LawIsLife

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.5 GPA
Course Code: 236101H
Course Title:
United States History

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This yearlong course surveys the history of the United States from 1600 to the present. Political, social, diplomatic, ethnic, cultural and economic aspects of the American experience are explored. The aim of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the historical method as well as the general subject matter of American history. Students are required to make judgments on the basis of personal analysis of documentary (primary and secondary) readings, informative visuals, interpretive essays and textbook readings. The fundamentals of critical reading and writing in history are stressed. Differentiated instruction will enrich student personal growth and focus on the Common Core critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Suggested Prerequisite(s): 3.0 or higher GPA; A or B in World Studies; strong reading comprehension and writing skills; ability to put forth consistent effort into research and application of the historical method in both individual and group settings.

Suggested Prerequisites:
3.0 or higher GPA; A or B in WS; strong reading comprehension and writing skills. SEE COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR MORE DETAIL ON PREREQUISITES
Course Code: 231101H
Course Title:
World Studies

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
World Studies is an introduction to world history. The focus of this course is learning to identify main ideas and concepts, analyze maps, charts, tables, and use critical thinking skills to identify trends and patterns. This class is a one-year course covering Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Suggested Prerequisites:
N