Social Studies

Social Studies

All Social Studies courses are:
  • Open to juniors and seniors attending Eastland-Fairfield
  • One (1) semester in length
  • Awarded 0.5 credits
American Government (400)
This course provides students an in-depth study of the U.S. government and the essential features of American federal, state, and local governments that they need to successfully participate in the governmental process. Topics include the U.S. Constitution, federalism, civil rights and civil liberties, branches of government and their powers, citizen participation, rights, and responsibilities.

Economics and Financial Literacy (410)
An overview of our economic system that explores contemporary economic problems and issues will be covered in this course. An in-depth focus will be placed on financial literacy where students will implement decision-making skills to become wise and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, citizens, and members of a global workforce and society.

Psychology (425)
This course is the study of human behavior. Topics include history of psychology, biological and environmental influences on the individual, methods of psychology, personality theories, theories of learning, sensations and perceptions, conflicts and adjustments, stress and frustration, and psychological disorders and treatment.

Sociology (430)
This course focuses on how broad social forces shape the actions and attitudes of an individual. The course will relate basic sociological theories and concepts to the structure of American society. Topics will investigate how culture, race, ethnicity, gender, class, and age affect life in American culture.

History Through Film (435)
Telling America’s history through film has become a large part of our culture. For many people, watching a Hollywood film in America is their only way of getting to know their history, no matter how accurate the film is. The films we will watch for this class are Hollywood films rather than documentaries, so they are reenactments of historical events, not a documentary record. Content for this course will be evaluated, viewed, and presented in four possible ways: as a factual record; to convey atmosphere; analogy; and a lesson in Historiography.

World Geography (440)
Students use knowledge of geographic locations and patterns to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity. This is especially important as they investigate the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world. Students analyze cultural and social groups to demonstrate the impact of diversity and commonality within different global settings.

The Holocaust * available at FCC only (445)
This course examines the history and memory of the Nazi genocide. Topics will include anti-Semitism and racism, Nazism, the relationship between war and genocide, collaborations and resistance, ghettos, concentration camps, resistance, and the memory of the Holocaust in the United States.

World War II * available at FCC Only (450)
The first half of the 20th century was one of rapid technological advances. It was a period when the tensions between industrialized nations resulted in World War I and set the stage for World War II. While World War II transformed the balance of world power, it was the most destructive and costly war in terms of human casualties and material resources expended. This course will analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causations and long- and short-term causal relations.

Current Issues * available at FCC Only (441)
This semester-length course is structured to give students an understanding of current issues in many areas of a political, social, and economic nature. The course emphasizes research done by the student, since the topics chosen are very fluid in their nature, meaning that the topics and the amount of coverage on the topics will fluctuate on any given day, week, or month depending on topics currently in the media.

Review date: May 2022 for 2022-23 school year 
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