Social Studies

Connecticut Technical High School System's Social Studies course breakdown by grade.

Grade 9

1 Credit
Global Studies
Honors Global Studies

Grade 10

1 Credit
Civics/American Government
Honors Civics/American Government

Grade 11

1 Credit
Modern U.S. History
Honors Modern U.S. History

Grade 12

1 Credit
Law
Psychology

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Global Studies (SS110)
A study of world regions, cultures and global issues that will help students develop research, writing and analytical skills. The purpose of Global Studies is to give students an understanding and appreciation of major geographic and cultural areas of the world and the issues and challenges that unite and divide them.

Honors Global Studies (SS111)
Honors Global Studies is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader with strong writing and analytical skills. The course is a study of world regions, cultures and global issues that will help students develop research, writing and analytical skills. The purpose of Global Studies is to give students an understanding and appreciation of major geographic and cultural areas of the world and the issues and challenges that unite and divide them.

Civics/American Government (SS210)
The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. 

Honors Civics/American Government (SS211)
Honors Civics/American Government is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader and writer. The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. 

Modern U.S. History (SS310)
This course focuses on the major historical periods, issues and trends in U. S. History from the 20th century to the present. Students examine historical themes such as ideals, beliefs and institutions, change and conflict, as well as mass media and technology in order to understand how the United States came to be the way it is.

Honors Modern U.S. History (SS311)
Honors Modern United States History is an accelerated course for the motivated student who has a strong interest in social studies and is a proficient reader and writer. The course builds upon the historical foundations learned in Civics/American Government. This course focuses on the major historical periods, issues and trends in U. S. History from the 20th century to the present.

Law (SS610)
Students are introduced to the American legal system and the impact of law on the daily life of the individual. Students learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, various kinds of laws and lawmaking bodies, as well as fundamental civil and criminal procedures.

Psychology (SS645, SS675)
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes that can involve both animal and human behavior. In Psychology, students are introduced to the historical development of psychology and the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will learn about personality development, learning theory, biological bases of behavior, heredity versus environment, memory, abnormal psychology and current mental health issues.