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Global History & Geography I – Ancient Civilization

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grade 9  |  Global History and Geography I Syllabus
This is a full-year course on the development of world civilization. The goal of the course is to help students understand the nature of choices and decisions made by past civilizations. The vocabulary and themes of this course provide the foundation for Global History & Geography II – Modern World. The four units of this course are:

  • Unit I – Ancient World: Civilizations & Religions (4000 BC–500 AD)
  • Unit II – Expanding Zones of Exchange (500–1200 AD)
  • Unit III – Global Interactions (1200–1650)
  • Unit IV – The First Global Age (1450–1770)

This course is required for graduation from high school.

Global History & Geography I Honors – Ancient Civilization

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grade 9
This is a full-year course on the development of world civilization. The goal of the course is to help students understand the nature of choices and decisions made by past civilizations. This course includes an emphasis on research and detailed topic exploration. Students will be responsible for a research project that is designed to build skills they will need in future honors courses they may take in the social sciences. Students must have completed English 9 Honors, as well as their eighth-grade social studies class with at least an 85% overall average. The vocabulary and themes of this course provide the foundation for Global History & Geography II – Modern World. The four units of this course are:

  • Unit I – Ancient World: Civilizations & Religions (4000 BC–500 AD)
  • Unit II – Expanding Zones of Exchange (500–1200 AD)
  • Unit III – Global Interactions (1200–1650)
  • Unit IV – The First Global Age (1450–1770)

This course fulfills the ninth-grade social studies graduation requirement.

Global History & Geography II – Modern World

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grade 10
This full-year course is designed to acquaint students with the physical, economic, social, and political systems of the modern world. Successful completion of Global History & Geography I is a prerequisite for this course. The four units of this course are:

  • Unit V – Age of the Revolution (1750-1914)
  • Unit VI – Crisis and Achievements (1900-1945)
  • Unit VII – The Twentieth Century Since 1945 (1945–present)
  • Unit VIII – Connections and Interactions within the Modern World

A Regents exam is given at the end of this course that covers all materials covered in Global History & Geography I and II. Students are required to pass this exam in order to graduate from high school.
This course is required for graduation from high school.

AP World History

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12  |  AP World History Syllabus
This course will make demands on students that are equivalent to those of an introductory college course. Course content focuses primarily on the past thousand years of the global experience from about 1000 C.E. to the present, highlighting changes in international frameworks and comparisons especially among major non-European societies. This Advanced Placement course prepares students for the AP World History exam and the New York State Global History Regents Exam. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete a summer reading program prior to attending this course. Students will also be expected to complete outside assignments and meet in groups outside of class. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Global History I Honors or Global History II.
This course fulfills the 10th-grade social studies graduation requirement.

U.S. History & Government

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grade 11  |  U.S. History and Government
This full-year course is designed to acquaint students with the important events in the growth of the United States as a nation. An effort is made to explain the relationships and underlying causes of these events. Included in this course is a detailed study of the Constitution and the basic structure of American government. The study of current events as they relate to the continued development of the nation is also emphasized. A Regents exam is given at the end of this course. Students are required to pass this exam in order to graduate from high school.
This course is required for graduation from high school.

American History I (FMCC HIS 105)

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12  |  American History I Syllabus
This is a half-year course that examines the history of the United States from its origins until Reconstruction, with emphasis on the development of a constitutional system. Students will be expected to have knowledge of the basic themes and institutions that were developed during this period. These include the growth of democracy, the development of political parties, the growth of the institution of slavery, and the development of a unique American civilization. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, a minimum score of 85% on the Global History Regents Exam, and a teacher recommendation. There is a fee for this course that is determined by FMCC.
This course, along with American History II, fulfills the 11th-grade social studies graduation requirement.

American History II (FMCC HIS 106)

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12  |  American History II Syllabus
This is a half-year course that explores American History from 1865 until the present, with emphasis on the social, political and economic aspects of society. Students will be expected to have knowledge of the basic themes and ideological constructs that were formed during this period, including Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, immigration, the Progressive Movement, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as American History I; a minimum score of 85% on the Global History Regents Exam; and a teacher recommendation. There is a fee for this course that is determined by FMCC.
This course, along with American History I, fulfills the 11th-grade social studies graduation requirement.

AP U.S. History

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12  |  U.S.
This course will make demands on students that are equivalent to those of an introductory college course. Students will be required to learn how to read historical material analytically and critically, weigh historical evidence, and evaluate various interpretations of history. This Advanced Placement course places heavy emphasis on reading and the writing of short research papers and prepares students for the AP U.S. History examination. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete a summer reading program prior to attending this course. Students in this course have the option of concurrently enrolling in SS 283 and SS 284 for up to 6 hours of credit from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
This course fulfills the 11th-grade social studies graduation requirement.

Participation in Government

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grade 12  |  PIG Syllabus
Government and the political process are concerned with decision-making in the United States and the resulting power structures. The influence of interest group politics, political parties and mass communication on our governmental institutions is stressed in this course, as well as the importance of the individual in the political process. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government.
This course is required for graduation from high school.

SUPA PAF 101: Public Affairs

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grade 12  |  PAF101 Syllabus
This course is designed to provide students with basic research, communication, and decision-making skills used in public policy analysis. Students will develop a range of applied social science skills that will help them to make more informed choices as citizens, workers, and consumers. While studying particular public policy issues, students will practice collecting information and will examine the use of graphs, tables, statistics, surveys, as well as informal interviewing procedures. In addition, students will identify a social problem and come up with a proposed public policy to deal with it. They will forecast the impact of that policy on societal conditions, analyze the political factors affecting the policy, and develop strategies to implement the proposed public policy. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government. There is a fee for this course that is determined by Syracuse University.
This course fulfills the Participation in Government graduation requirement.

Economics

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grade 12  |  Economics Syllabus
This course demonstrates the vital role that economics play in our society. Students will evaluate the impact of economic decisions, both on a personal level and as a society, and study both microeconomics and macroeconomics. A basic understanding of the economic process is needed for the student to assume his or her role as an intelligent consumer. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government.
This course is required for graduation from high school.

SUPA ECN 203: Economic Ideas and Issues

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grade 12
This course is an introduction to mainstream economic thought designed for students with a liberal arts interest. The goals of this course are to introduce students to the ideas that form the foundation of modern Western (neoclassical) economic thought, to examine the basic framework (the model) that economists have built on this foundation, and to show how this model is applied to current issues facing individuals and society. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government. There is a fee for this course that is determined by Syracuse University.
This course fulfills the Economics graduation requirement.

SUPA SOC 101: Sociology

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grade 12  |  SOC101 Syllabus
Sociology 101 is an introductory course that provides an overview of the structure and functioning of modern society, with emphasis on major conceptual areas of sociology, such as social organization, culture, socialization, class systems, social institutions and social controls. Case studies of different social groups and the socialization process will be stressed. This course is offered in conjunction with Syracuse University. Writing assignments and research will be graded in order for students to receive a college grade through Syracuse University. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government, and a teacher recommendation. There is a fee for this course that is determined by Syracuse University.

SUPA PSY 205: Psychology

½ unit & 3 college credit hours  |  half year  |  Grade 12  |  SUPA PSY 205 Syllabus
Psychology 205 is an introductory course offered in conjunction with Syracuse University that gives students the opportunity to earn college credit. The course introduces students to the basic areas of study in the field of psychology, including learning, personality assessments, abnormal behavior, social psychology, and psychopathology. Course content increases students’ awareness of how the science of psychology can be applied to better understand their own everyday environment. Prerequisites for this course include the successful completion of Global History I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government, and a teacher recommendation. There is a fee for this course that is determined by Syracuse University.

Adirondack Humanities

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12
From the late 1700s to contemporary times, the Adirondack Mountains region has played a pivotal role in the development of the United States. Throughout this course, students will investigate the Adirondacks through anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, jurisprudence, literature, musicology, political science, psychology and sociology. Students will explore specific attributes of the Adirondacks through various lenses to gain a greater appreciation for the region’s position in the advancement of New York state and the nation. Furthermore, students will develop fundamental skills and gain a greater awareness of the Adirondack Mountains region.

History of Rock and Roll

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12  |  History of Rock and Roll Syllabus
In this course, students will survey the social and cultural fabric of the post-World War II United States through the prism of rock and roll music. This course will proceed chronologically, beginning with African American roots music and culminating with the technological and business aspects of music. The general purpose of this course will be to examine the place that rock and roll music has occupied in American culture. The central question is why a musical and cultural art form once dismissed as a “passing fad” has been a very visible and audible part of our culture for more than 50 years, despite considerable resistance.

Sports and Society

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grades 11-12
Sports and society are innately interconnected, but we rarely ponder how the larger issues of commercialization, culture, journalism, money, politics, race and sex impact sports. This course will use social studies tools — including anthropology, economics, geography, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology — to examine the world of sports. By investigating famous (and infamous) sporting events, students will comprehend the connections between sports and society. Furthermore, this course will utilize a non-traditional approach, including various progressive teaching strategies, such as flipped classroom and problem-based learning to help students cultivate fundamental skills while they learn to appreciate the important link between sports and society.