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Social Studies Department

RBCHS Social Studies Department Contact Information: Mr. Tad DePorter, Lead Teacher
Email: tdeporter@rbchs.com - Classroom phone number: 815-678-7569

Department goal: The goal of the RBCHS Social Studies Department is to provide students a variety of opportunities to explore the various areas of the social sciences, including geography, history, government, sociology, psychology, etc. & how those areas impact them as a citizen. Students will be provided a variety of learning opportunities to expand their understanding & application of skills specific to each discipline, including writing, historical argumentation, map/chart/graph analysis, etc.

Freshmen Options:

1.During freshmen year students will enroll in Freshmen Seminar in lieu of a Social Studies course. Students will then have multiple opportunities to enroll in Social Studies courses during their sophomore, junior and senior years. The following provides descriptions of these great courses.

Required Social Studies Courses:

1.Sophomore year

a.World History: Students will study ancient civilizations through the French Revolution. Students will focus on various contributions & major events involving these civilizations, as well as develop analysis and argumentation skills.

b.AP European History: Students will take this course to prepare for the AP European History exam. Students in this class will learn to evaluate & interpret historical information & texts at a college-level. Research & writing will be an integral part of this course. A fee & summer work are required for this class.

2.Junior year

a.U.S. History: Students will explore the various events & developments that have shaped the history of the United States from Antebellum through the early stages of the Cold War. Students will focus on the improvement of historical thinking skills & higher order thinking assignments.

b.A.P U.S. History: Students will take this course to prepare for the AP United States History exam. Students in this class will learn to evaluate & interpret historical information & texts at a college-level. Research & writing will be an integral part of this course. A fee & summer work are required for this class.

3.Senior Year:

a.Civics: Students will examine the influences, structures, responsibilities, etc. of the united states and Illinois governments. Additionally, the responsiblities of citizens will be explored in an effort to inform students on how to be active members of the community.

b.Recent American Historical Issues (RAHI): Students will examine the events of the united states from the early stages of the Cold War through the War on Terror, including various cultural developments & historical controversies.

c.AP American Government: Students will take this course to prepare for the AP American Government & Politics exam. Students will focus on the political process, theories, etc. that are a part of our government system. A fee & summer work are required for this class.

d.AP Microeconomics: Students will take this course to prepare for the AP Microeconomics exam. Students in this course will examine the various components & influences on our economic system & markets. This course meets the state requirement for Consumer Education. A fee & prior coursework are required for this class.

Social Studies Electives (Elective courses are open to Junior & Senior students.):

1.Sociology: Students in this course will examine development & interaction of cultural groups of people within society. The focus will be on the relationships & progression of these groups within society.

2.Psychology: Students in this course will study the mind & body through various research & experiments to foster the mentality of thinking like a psychologist.

3.AP Psychology: Students will take this course to prepare for the AP Psychology exam. This course is designed to prepare students at a level equal to that of a college-level introductory course on psychology. A fee & summer work are required for this class.