Social Studies

The Department of History and Social Studies at Leicester High School is committed to providing students with the tools necessary to become informed, productive, responsible members of society. Course offerings include subjects focusing on all corners of the globe as well as the study of the individual and society. Upon graduation, students will have developed an understanding of their role as not only citizens of the United States, but citizens of the world. They will appreciate the effects of historical events and personalities and how they have shaped the world in which we all live.

(860) PRE-ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY
Grade: 10
Level: Honors
Prerequisites: World History I & II
Length: Full Year

Pre-AP U.S. History covers the same content material as the US History I College and Honors Level classes, but with a focus on AP level assessments. This course is geared towards the student looking to take AP US History as a junior.

(856) US HISTORY I-Hon
Grade: 10
Level: Honors
Prerequisites: World History I & II
Length: Full Year

U.S. History I is the study of the United States from its inception in the 18th century through the period of Reconstruction to 1877. Specifically addressed will be the issues of how this nation rose to world prominence from that of a distant British colony to the world's preeminent power.

(857) US HISTORY I-Col
Grade: 10
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II
Length: Full Year

U.S. History I is the study of the United States from its inception in the 18th century through the period of Reconstruction to 1877. Specifically addressed will be the issues of how this nation rose to world prominence from that of a distant British colony to the world's preeminent power.

(858) US HISTORY II-Hon
Grade: 11
Level: Honors
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I
Length: Full Year

U.S. History II is a comprehensive and intense study of U.S. History from the period of Westward Expansion through the end of the Cold War. Students will become familiar with the major concepts and historically significant events that have shaped the development of our nation since the Civil War. Additionally students will learn about the expanding role the United States has played in geopolitics during 20th century.

(859) US HISTORY II-Col
Grade: 11
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I
Length: Full Year

U.S. History II is a comprehensive and intense study of U.S. History from the period of Westward Expansion through the end of the Cold War. Students will become familiar with the major concepts and historically significant events that have shaped the development of our nation since the Civil War. Additionally students will learn about the expanding role the United States has played in geopolitics in the 20th century.

(827) WORLD HISTORY II-Hon
Grade: 9
Level: Honors
Prerequisites: World History I
Length: Full Year

World History II is a general survey of the major social, political, and cultural events that have shaped our world from the mid 18th century through the present day. The class will examine these events and their respective legacies in all corners of the globe. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of history as it has affected the world, and what it has become today.

(828) WORLD HISTORY II-Col
Grade: 9
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I
Length: Full Year

World History II is a general survey of the major social, political, and cultural events that have shaped our world from the mid 18th century through present day. The class will examine these events and their respective legacies in all corners of the globe. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of history as it has affected the world, and what it has become today.

(893) AMERICAN CIVIL WAR-Col
Grade: 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: U.S. History I
Length: ½ year
Elective

This course is designed to examine the antebellum period in American History. Throughout the length of this course students will examine and debate the political, social, military, economic, and religious aspects of the time period surrounding the American Civil War.

(807) ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY
Grade: 11
Level: AP
Prerequisites: World History I & II, Pre-AP US History, or U.S. History I Honors
Requirement: (U.S. History I & II) A.P. Level is an elective.
Length: Full Year

A.P. U.S. History is a comprehensive and intense study of U.S. History. Students will become familiar with the major concepts and historically significant events that have shaped the development of our nation since the Civil War. Additionally, students will learn about the expanding role the United States has played in geopolitics during 20th century.

(863) CRIMINAL JUSTICE-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

Criminal Justice is a course which examines the United States justice system. Students, after taking the course, will have an understanding of what offenses are considered crimes, how these crimes are investigated, the procedures of the criminal court, and how the U.S. corrections system works.

(833) HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS-Col
Grade: 11 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: U.S. History I
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course is a survey of the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts beginning with the indigenous peoples and colonization, through the Industrial Revolution, up to the Massachusetts of today. Students will study both the political and physical geography of the Commonwealth, as well as the forms of government at the state and local levels. Particular attention will be paid to the history of the town of Leicester throughout its history (and of the Commonwealth) and its impacts outside of the community itself.

(817) HISTORY OF POLITICAL TERRORISM-Col
Grade: 11- 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I & II
Length: Full Year
Elective

History of Political Terrorism is a study of the nature of terrorism, its goals, and motivations. The class will be studying the origins of terrorism as well as how it has emerged as a modern weapon in various regions of the world including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States.

(862) HISTORY OF WARFARE-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I,
Length: ½ year
Elective

The History of Warfare will cover the development of warfare from ancient times to the Age of Napoleon. Students will be introduced to military tactics, the development of weaponry, and the reasons why wars have been fought through the ages. In addition, students will become familiar with military leaders as well as decisive battles that have transformed the landscape of World History.

(812) PSYCHOLOGY-Col
Grade: 11 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: None
Length: Full Year
Elective

Students will study the various mental processes that go on in the human psyche.

They will gain a greater understanding of how personalities, maturation, and life experiences create a unique individual.

(816) RUSSIAN HISTORY-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History II
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course focuses on the development of the Russian state from Kievan Rus to the collapse of the Romanov Dynasty, with special emphasis on the causes and results of the Russian Revolution. It examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, particularly the Stalinist era and Gorbachev's attempts at Glasnost and Perestroika, and culminates with an analysis of the post-Soviet experiment in democracy and capitalism under Yeltsin and Putin.

(891) THE SECOND WORLD WAR-Col
Grade: 11 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I,
Length: Full Year
Elective

History of the Second World War is an extensive study of the defining conflict of the 20th century. The class will be studying both the origins of the conflict as well as the far reaching global legacies of its resolution. Additionally, students will be exposed to all aspects of the war including important battles, conferences, technological innovations, and weapons, etc.

(868) 20TH CENTURY WARFARE-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I,
Length: ½ year
Elective

20th Century Warfare will cover the development of warfare from the American Civil War to the present. Students will be introduced to military tactics, the development of weaponry, and the reasons why wars have been fought throughout the last century. In addition, students will become familiar with military leaders as well as decisive battles that have transformed the landscape of World History in the 20th century.

(869) ADVANCED PLACEMENT GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: AP
Prerequisites: None
Requirement/Elective: Elective
Duration: Full Year

AP GOPO is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement US Government and Politics exam. Most of the focus will be reviewing the major topics in US government and politics over the past two and a half centuries. The course work will be the equivalent of a first year US government course on the collegiate level. Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is a rigorous course which will be demanding. The goal is for the student to be able to understand the major concepts of American government and to be able to apply what they have learned. Students will work regularly with primary and secondary sources. They will have to analyze these sources and be able to write thoughtful essays dealing with a myriad of topics. The emphasis of the course will be to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring. More importantly, it is to create free thinkers who are able to apply what they have learned. The grade on the exam is important. Students will learn the necessary techniques so that they will do well. They will be instructed in how to take the multiple-choice section. In addition, they will be taught how to answer the 4 free-response questions that make up half of the exam grade. More importantly, the hope is that by the end of the course the student will acquire a true appreciation for our nation's government as well as politics and want to learn more about it.

(870) MODERN AMERICAN CRIME-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: None
Requirement/Elective: Elective
Duration: ½ year
Course Description:

Modern American Crime is designed to examine the trends in crime that define America in the late twentieth and twenty-first century. We will not only look at the social circumstances that created these trends in crime, but also the cases that most prominently define those trends. Finally, we look at the impact that these types of crimes have had on the American Criminal Justice system.

(871) GLOBAL STUDIES-Col
Grade: 11 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: World History I & II, U.S. History I & II.
Requirement/Elective: Elective
Duration: Full Year

Global Studies is a course designed to introduce students to the world in which they live. The class will travel around the globe, focusing on the geography, religion, and culture of the world's continents. Special attention will be paid to specific current events affecting the various regions that will be covered.

(000) THE GREAT COMPOSERS-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: None
Requirement/Elective: Elective
Duration: ½ year

This class is a study of music's greatest composers spanning the period between the 18th and 20th centuries. Specifically students will learn about the times during which the music was composed as well as the lives of the composers themselves.

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