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WORLD AREA STUDIES--CHINA—2714C  
Duration:  Fall semester only           Credit: 0.5                          Elective:          Grades 10 – 12  
Prerequisite:   None
Content: Course examines the history, politics, economics, society, and/or culture of China. First quarter covers the Shang and Zhou dynasties, Confucius and Daoism, the origin of China with the Qin dynasty, the Mongol invasion, and rulers through the 1800’s. The second quarter will cover modern China since the rise of communism, focusing on culture, and current issues in Chinese daily life.

WORLD AREA STUDIES — MIDDLE EAST--2714M
Duration:       Spring semester only      Credit: 0.5                         Elective:         Grades 10 – 12  
Prerequisite:   None
Content: Course examines the history, politics, economics, society, and/or culture of the Middle East.  First quarter covers the early empires among Arabs, Persians, Ottomans, Egyptians, and include others to the start of World War I.  The second quarter surveys the formation of nations and investigates the causes of conflicts and wars during the last 50 years in the Middle East.


NEW MEXICO HISTORY – 2717
Duration:       1 semester         Credit: 0.5 credit
Required:       Grade 9           (State required)
Content: This survey course supports students to become more knowledgeable and aware of the cultural, economic, and political history of New Mexico and their geographical connections. Students will analyze the role that New Mexico plays in national and international arenas.

HONORS PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY--2739P
Duration:       1 semester           Credit: 0.5
Elective:                      Meets 9th grade Social Studies requirement
Prerequisite:   Teacher recommendation or approval
Content:         This course will cover the basic areas listed above but will delve more deeply into all aspects of government and our economic system. It will be taught in a style similar to what the student will encounter in college and will include extra assignments not expected of students in the regular class. In addition, the honors students are expected to perform to a higher standard. This course can help prepare the students to be successful in AP courses.  It also teaches the terminology needed for AP government. Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.

HONORS NEW MEXICO HISTORY—2717P
Duration:       1 semester         Credit: 0.5 credit
Elective:                      Meets 9th grade Social Studies requirement
Content: This course will examine New Mexico history, government, and culture from statehood to the present.  In addition to the basic survey course, students will be completing a detailed personal portfolio of the state’s culture, traditions, government, and geography.  Students will also be expected to complete reading and writing assignments similar to what they will encounter in college.  In addition, honors students are expected to perform to a higher standard than the regular class.  This course can help prepare students for Advanced Placement courses.  Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.

WORLD HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY -- 2704
Duration:       All Year                Credit: 1 credit
Required:       Grade 10
Content: World history taught at the school level is on a topical basis covering the time-period from the Reformation through the 20th century. The course embraces the significant historical events, people, and ideas in the development of the history of the world as well as the presentation of information on physical, political, social, and economic geography of all areas of the world.  This will include the effect of geographic features upon peoples, cultures, and historic developments.  Vocabulary and map reading skills will also be stressed.

Honors World History–2706    (HonORS)
Duration:       All Year                Credit: 1 credit
Elective:       Grade 10
Content: The emphasis will be to develop the skills necessary for the demanding preparation of other advanced placement classes and social studies using world history as a focus of study. Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.

U.S. History --  2724           
Duration:       All Year              Credit: 1.0
Required:       Grade 11
Content: Survey course from the close of the frontier to the modern presidency.

HONORS U.S. HISTORY—2725
Duration:       1 year     (Honors credit)    Credit:   1 credit
Elective:       Grade 11 or 12 only
Fee:            $86  to be paid at the time of exam in April           
Prerequisite:   Honors U.S. History and Teacher approval
Content:  Course prepares students for the AP Exam in U. S. History and provides students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U. S. History. Students must take a national exam at the conclusion of the course and may earn college credit depending on their score and selection of a participating college.  This class will meet the senior social studies requirement. Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.  

U.S. GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS -- 2740  & 2741

US Government (2740)
Duration:       1 Semester           Credit: 0.5  credit
Required:       Grade 12
Content: This class will cover the American system of government, including its origins, development, citizen rights, voting, public opinion, Congress, the law-making process, fiscal policy, the presidency, foreign policy, the bureaucracy, the court system, and state and local government.  

Economics  (2741)
Duration:       1 Semester       Credit: 0.5
Required:       Grade 12
Content:        Introduction to basic economic concepts, including micro and macroeconomics, and financial planning.

Honors U.S. Government & Politics  --  2736 (Honors CREDIT)
Duration:               1 Semester  (Spring) Credit: 0.5  credit
Elective:       Grade 12
Fee:            $86  to be paid at the time of exam in May           
Prerequisite:   Teacher approval
Content:  This class covers constitutional underpinnings of democracy, political beliefs and behaviors of individuals, political parties and interest groups, mechanisms that facilitate the communication of interests and preferences by like-minded citizens, the Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy, the federal courts, institutions and policy processes, and civil liberties and civil rights.  Students must take a national exam (AP) at the conclusion of the course and may earn college credit depending on their score and selection of a participating college.  This class will meet the senior social studies requirement. Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.  

COLLEGE ECONOMICS - 2744  - (HONORS CREDIT)
Duration:       1 Semester (Fall)  Credit: 0.5  credit  
Fee:            none, textbook provided
Elective:               Grade 12
Content:  This course covers economic theory in areas of national income, employment, price stability and growth. Money and banking is studied from the perspective of its role in generating full employment at an income level which results in price stability. Additional topics such as international trade and economic development are discussed. Students should realize this course is very academically challenging.  Almost all work is done on-line; high speed internet is required. Dual enrollment with San Juan College with minimum high school GPA of 2.5; students must take college Accuplacer Tests in the fall.

SOCIAL SCIENCE-- 2770
Duration:       Fall Semester   Credit: 0.5  credit
Elective:       Grades 11 or 12
Content: This course is a basic study of human behavior and mental processes.  The topics include learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, social interactions, and psychopathology.  Careers in psychology are also presented.  The information is presented through textbook readings, instructor lecture, and selected guest speakers.

SOCIOLOGY -- 2775  
Duration:       Spring Semester Credit: 0.5  credit
Elective:       Grades 11 or 12
Content:  Sociology is a course in social living to give high school students a better understanding of themselves and the social community around them.  Six main topics are presented: socialization, institutions, urbanization, juvenile delinquency, social stratification, and social change.

NAVAJO HISTORY/GOVERNMENT -- 2727
(U.S. Ethnic & Gender Studies)
Duration:       All year                Credit: 1.0 (elective)
Elective:               Grades 10-12
Prerequisite:   None
Content:  The course offers an overview of the history of the Navajo People from early times to 1846. Students will learn and understand the history of the Navajo beginning with the migration from Asia to the New World. Navajo language will be utilized. (elective credit) Part of the Chief Manuelito Scholarship requirement.

LEGAL SYSTEM -- 2764  
Duration:       1 Semester      credit: 0.5             
Elective:       Grades 9 - 12   prerequisite: None    
Content: Course examines the workings of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems, including an understanding of civil and criminal law and the legal process, of the structure and procedures of courts, and the role of various legal or judicial agencies. Although emphasis is placed on the legal process, the history and foundation of U.S. law (Constitution, statutes, and precedents) may also be included. Content may also include contemporary problems in the criminal justice system.

MOCK TRIAL -- 2765
Duration:       1 Semester/All Year     Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Elective:       Grades 10, 11 or 12
Content:  This course prepared interested students for possible entry-level positions with juvenile, local or state law enforcement/correction agencies.  Principles of law affecting juveniles under the age of 18 are explored. Verdict and sentencing procedures resulting from actual Teen Court trials are examined and applied. Juvenile defendants are tracked from the day of entry into the program until day of completion of sentencing. Law terminology applicable to juveniles will be acquired.  Routine office procedures are practiced daily, with a strong emphasis placed on the need for confidentiality while working with client’s records.  Teen Court is based upon the philosophy that a youth offender is less likely to continue to be an offender when a jury of peers decides punishment.  The requirements for this course are completed OUTSIDE a regular class (& meets Monday evenings, twice a month, at the Juvenile Detention Center).

HISTORY DAY – (Social Sciences and History-Independent Study) –  2796H
Duration:        2 semesters   Credit: 0.5 for both semesters               Elective:           Grades 9-12  
Prerequisite:   Teacher approval
History Day is a national competition with an annual theme.  Students begin in the year by developing research habits and selecting a theme.  Second and third quarters are focused on research for an entry in the regional competition at the end of the third quarter.  Winners in the regional competition proceed to a state competition in the fourth quarter.  Students are graded on research assignments related to their topic of choice.  Students must attend 23 hours of after-school on-site computer research per quarter (via Saturday School, Attendance School, Credit Recovery, or options arranged with teachers or local public librarians).  

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY – 2799
Duration:       1 sem           credit: 0.5              Required:      Grade 9         Prerequisite: none      
Course examines Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Economics and the Future as well as critical thinking skills and effective study skills.  This course focuses on an overview of history to give students an understanding on the different topics in the Social Sciences and to prepare them for higher level Social Studies courses.