Social Studies

MAST Social Studies program

Course Descriptions: 

World History: 

Through a survey approach to the study of world cultures, students will examine the social, political, cultural, and economic developments that helped to create the cultures of the world today. As students compare and contrast global cultures, they will analyze the impact of geography and technology on these cultures and the historical events studied.  Charts and time lines will be used to help students organize and understand the material. Students will utilize a variety of sources to assist in their study, which include but is not limited to the textbook, maps, primary sources, periodicals, and available technology. While all academies present the same core knowledge, each provides a different learning environment that focuses upon the theme of the school. Results of their study will be demonstrated traditionally and through the use of alternative assessment. This study of world cultures will allow students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world today and its people.


United States History I:

United States History I is a sophomore level survey course. The course of study will span approximately from 1600 – 1900 as we trace the history of the United States from the arrival of the first Americans through the end of the 19th century. It introduces the themes of balance between unity and diversity, the shaping of American democracy, the search for opportunity, and the influence of geographical factors. Students will learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography. Students will obtain a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States history.

Throughout this course students will be challenged to think like historians and use an array of historiographical skills to further our understanding of American History. Using the textbook, primary documents, and current events, students will learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. Students will develop and apply analytical and critical thinking skills to produce a well-rounded comprehension of our nation’s history. Essay writing and critical thinking are emphasized as integral ways of understanding how the past relates to the present and future. This course will serve as pre-requisite foundation for United States History II.


United States History II: 

US History II is a junior level survey course, spanning the time period 1890-present.  The course focuses on America’s time of transition from a new country to a world power.  It continues to explore the themes introduced in US I, such as diversity, civics, and economics, while exploring new ones such as America’s evolving role in the world.     The goal is to enable students to better understand contemporary American domestic and foreign policy through study of the past.  

As in US I, students will be challenged to think as historians do.  Significant emphasis on the use of primary sources is intended to facilitate analytical and critical thinking skills.  Essay writing and critical thinking activities are emphasized as integral ways of understanding how the past relates to the present and the future.  Particular attention is given to the incorporation of Sandy Hook’s unique environment and long strategic history, as well as New Jersey’s important role in many periods covered.  



Economics:

Exploring Issues in Economics; is a two and one-half credit social studies elective for twelfth grade students, which requires them to further examine concepts and issues in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students must have taken and demonstrated proficiency in Exploring Issues in Economics and Personal Financial Literacy course as a prerequisite for this course. Economics II continues the study of economic concepts, stressing application to real world issues, and is a content, research, and problem based course. Mastering the course content will be only the initial expectation for students. Through research, examining issues, and problems students will apply their knowledge, set a direction for learning, and take ownership of the learning process.


Economics/Personal Finance Literacy: 

Exploring Issues in Economics/ Personal Financial Literacy is a two and one-half credit social studies elective for twelfth grade students that requires them to study concepts related to each discipline and examine specific economic/personal finance issues and problems. There are no prerequisites for this course. The economics aspect introduces microeconomic and some macroeconomic concepts, but mostly emphasizes financial literacy. This will be a content, research, and problem based course. Mastering the course content will be only the initial expectation for students. Through research, examining issues, and problems related to each of the concept areas students will apply their knowledge, set direction for learning, and take ownership of the learning process.


Sociology:

Exploring Issues in Sociology is a two and one half credit social studies elective for twelfth grade students, which requires them to study concepts related to sociology and examine specific social issues and problems. Students must have taken and demonstrated proficiency in Exploring Issues in Economics and Personal Financial Literacy as a prerequisite for this course. Through the study of concepts such as culture, social structure, socialization, adolescence, social inequality, social institutions, and the changing social world, it investigates relationships in our society.

Sociology is a content, research, and problem based course. Mastering the course content will be only the initial expectation for students. Through research and examining issues, related to each of the concept areas students will apply their knowledge, set direction for learning, and take ownership of the learning process.

Through applying sociological concepts in a problem based approach, and discussing related ethical considerations this course is meant to stir students to think critically about their world and become responsible decision makers.