Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies Department Philosophy

The ongoing history of mankind, its triumphs and failures continues to be written by successive generations of peoples whose existence have left indelible imprints on the pages of time. It is for the true historian to capture the essence of what has transpired in the past, review it thoroughly, interpret it accurately, record it painstakingly, and transmit it honestly to those who will follow. The Social Studies Department at Bishop Kelly High School accepts its responsibility for conveying an honest and complete rendition of history’s chronicles to its students.

Bishop Kelly High School social studies instructors and students will jointly probe the subject matter before them not only with a view to learning what has taken place in the past but, also, with a desire of understanding how those events can best be interpreted so as to learn from them and be positioned to apply this knowledge to future events.

In this light, the department, in all its course offerings – history, economics, government, and psychology – will endeavor to expose and explore the positive contributions which the Catholic Church has made to humanity over the past 2000 years. Nowhere will this be made more evident than in the study of American history where the work of the early missionaries, the presence of a vast educational system, the impact of countless hospitals and orphanages, and the labors of numerous social agencies have assisted uncountable people of all races, creeds, and colors to live more rewarding lives. Likewise, the Catholic Church’s long-standing and unwavering position on social justice – both in the workplace and society as a whole – will be a visible and integral part of the study of American and international governments.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!  Any courses marked with an “*” after the course name require you to complete an Application Form. Please expand courses below to access their specific “Required Application Form” links at the bottom of each course description.

Grade Level: 10
Two Semesters (FY)

United States History I is the first of a two-year study of United States history. U.S. History I examines the American experience prior to the twentieth century. The first semester is a study of European exploration, English colonial expansion, American Revolution, and the Constitution. There will be an emphasis on comparing Spanish, French, and English exploration, conquering, and colonizing of the New World. There will also be an examination of the causes and results of the American Revolution. Finally, there will be an in depth look at Confederation and the creation of the Constitution. The second semester begins with a look at the new Republic, the Jacksonian era, Civil War and Reconstruction. The emphasis is on examining the new Republic through the presidential administrations of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. There will be an in depth look at the United States as it evolves through the Nationalist Era as well as an examination of the impact of Jacksonian Democracy. Second semester also includes a study of political and economic expansion, reform movements, sectional divisions, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Grade Level: 11
Two Semesters (FY)

United States History II, a required course for Juniors, will survey the history of our nation beginning with the post civil war industrialization and continuing to contemporary times. It will cover a wide range of topics and issues, which combined to play roles in the growth and development of the United States. The curriculum will address the social problems that have plagued American society through the years; in addition, the impact that business, industry and politics, national and international, have played on our country’s growth. Attention will be directed to our nation’s international relationships with others in a global world. The course will emphasize critical analysis and research and will integrate computer skills and the Internet.

Grade Level: 11
Two Semesters (FY)
Application Required

Hybrid US-History II is a two semester, full year, course, that fulfills the second of your two-year United States history requirement for graduation. Students will cover curriculum content in eight units of study beginning with the post Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and ending with the close of the 20th century. As a hybrid course, students will complete the course online through the Bishop Kelly’s Learning Management System (LMS), Schoology. Students will meet with their BK instructor one day per week for face-to-face time. The instructor will also be available during scheduled office hours to meet the face-to-face needs of the course.

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Grade Level: 11
Prerequisite: A or B in World History. Application Required
Two Semesters (FY)

AP United States History is available to those students who are interested in a more in-depth course in the historical development of America from Colonial times to the present. Students will work with more complex materials and at a quicker pace than in a standard high school class. Course work will be geared toward developing and practicing skills that are required at the college level. Students will learn to locate relevant and trustworthy sources and how to organize evidence to support their arguments. Focus will be placed on cause and effect relationships as well as the climate in which opinions were formed and decisions made as historical events and issues are explored. Both primary and secondary sources will be used.

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Grade Level: 12
Two Semesters (FY)

American Government focuses on the three branches of American government: executive, legislative and judicial. This course also deals with the United States Constitution and the political system which exists in our nation. Attention will be directed to the roles the United States plays as a world power and its relationships with governments around the globe. A range of contemporary international issues will be addressed from the perspective of their impact on American society, particularly the economic stability of the nation. An analysis will be made of the similarities and differences between state and federal governmental structures/powers. An in-depth study of the Idaho state system of government will be made and field trips will be taken to view the legislature in session. Attention will be directed toward those economic, social and geographic issues which impact the operation of the Idaho state government.

Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: A or B in U.S. History or AP U.S. History. Application Required
Two Semesters (FY)

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. It is recommended that students take the AP exam.

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Grade Level: 11, 12
Fall Semester (S1); Spring Semester (S2)

This courses examines the basic theories, structures, and operations of economics with special focus on the American free enterprise system. Students will learn the fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how the principal concepts of economics relate to each other and understand the structure of economic systems. Students will use economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, community, national and global economic issues. Students will evaluate, analyze and interpret relevant economic data.

Grade Level: 11, 12
Fall Semester (S1)
Dual Credit: BSU ECON 201

Students have the option to take this course as an AP class or as a concurrent enrollment/dual credit course. Students will define economics, explore the underlying fundamentals common to all economic systems, and develop and examine a basic framework for analysis of the economic interactions that take place in our economy. Students will examine the problems caused by scarcity, study differing market structures that operate in our economy, and develop an understanding of fundamental theoretical tools. Students will then focus upon: regulation and antitrust, supply and demand for the factors of production, wage determination, international trade, and the economic problems faced by specific industries. Concurrent enrollment available through Boise State University.

Grade Level: 11, 12
Spring Semester (S2)
Dual Credit: BSU ECON 202

Students have the option to take this course as an AP class or as a concurrent enrollment/dual credit course. This course will explore economic systems and societal implications. Students will examine how prices in our economy act effectively to allocate scarce resources. Students will explore the measurement of aggregate economic activity, unemployment, and price level. Students will learn the role that money plays in our economy, the importance of the banking system, and the role that the Federal Reserve has in maintaining economic stability and growth. Areas of current macroeconomic interest such as the Federal Budget deficit/surplus, monetary and fiscal policies, economic growth, and international trade will also be discussed.Concurrent enrollment available through Boise State University.

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Background in World History. Application Required
Two Semesters (FY)
Dual Credit: U of I GEOG 165

The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socio economic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012). Concurrent enrollment opportunity is through University of Idaho Human Geography Course 165.

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Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: none
Fall Semester (S1); Spring Semester (S2)

The Social Studies Seminar courses are a series of classes offered by members of the Social Studies department. These courses are offered as semester classes. Classes offered will be chosen and set prior to the beginning of each school year. Students will register for “Social Studies Seminar”.

BAND OF BROTHERS
First Semester (S1) European Theater: D-Day through VE Day
This course will help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the American soldier in World War II. Students will secure an in-depth understanding of America’s military involvement in World War II – the European Theatre. Patriotism, courage, sacrifice, integrity and honor ill be the lens through which students understand the American experience of World War II.

Second Semester (S2) Pacific Theater: Pearl Harbor through VJ Day
This course will help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the American soldier in World War II. Students will secure an in-depth understanding of America’s military involvement in World War II – the Pacific Theatre. Patriotism, courage, sacrifice, integrity and honor will be the lens through which students understand the American experience of World War II.

HISTORICAL CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND CONTROVERSIES
As part of the Social Studies seminar series, the Bishop Kelly Social Studies department offers a one semester elective course examining historical controversies and conspiracies. Conspiracy theories have been a part of American society from the colonial period to present day. This course will examine those theories of United States history but also older, more global theories. Students will explore the sources of these theories to help them understand the difference between critical thinking, conspiracy thinking, and the nature of historical truth. Why do these theories exist? Why are people attracted to them, and why do people believe them?

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