I&S courses required for graduation:
• World Studies or Honors World Studies or AP World History
• U.S. History or Honors U.S. History or AP U.S. History
• One or more electives from the following:
Other graduation requirements:
• Passing grade on the Constitution Exam (Public Law 195)
• Consumer Education credit (completed during elective)
IB History I and II (2 year programme)
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) history course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political,economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking, and on developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. In this way, the course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology (2 year programme)
Social and cultural anthropology is the comparative study of culture and human societies. Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life. Social and cultural anthropology places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that challenge cultural assumptions. Many anthropologists explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of modern societies in local, regional and global contexts.
Although social and cultural anthropology shares much of its theory with other social sciences, it is distinct in a number of ways. These distinctions include a tradition of participant observation, and an in-depth empirical study of social groups. Topics of anthropological inquiry include social change, kinship, symbolism, exchange, belief systems, ethnicity and power relations. Social and cultural anthropology examines urban as well as rural society and modern nation states. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality, and human and cultural rights. The study of anthropology offers critical insight into the continuities as well as the dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assumptions.
The IB social and cultural anthropology course offers an opportunity for students to become acquainted with anthropological perspectives and ways of thinking, and to develop critical, reflexive knowledge. Social and cultural anthropology contributes a distinctive approach to intercultural awareness and understanding, which embodies the essence of an IB education. Anthropology fosters the development of citizens who are globally aware and ethically sensitive. The social and cultural anthropology course for both SL and HL students is designed to introduce the principles, practices and materials of the discipline.
AP United States Government and Politics
This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Included will be both the study of general concepts used to interpret U. S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. Students will become familiar with various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute American government and politics. The single most important requisite for this course is an interest in and a strong desire to learn about the government and politics of this nation. Students should be prepared to read at a college level and actively engage in thinking and discussion at a high level.
AP Human Geography
"AP Human Geography is an intensive course that will explore the study of geography as it relates to the concept of humans and their interactions with their environments. This course will comprehensively explore ideas, models and theories that explain characteristics of location, place, human environmental interaction, movement and regions that exist in our world.
This course is developed using the course outline found in the most recent AP Human Geography Course Description, published by the College Board. As a designated Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate (IB) school, we are also committed to incorporate challenging, rigorous educational programming through intercultural understanding. Topics include basic concepts of Geography, culture, religion, political separation of space, agriculture and land use, industrialization, economics, urbanization and land use and current events. Expect lively discussions, projects and readings to supplement the course.
This full-year advanced placement course is designed to be an intensive yearlong study of Macroeconomics. We will, however, study certain aspects of Microeconomics as well. The curriculum for AP Economics will include aspects of Supply and Demand, the Money and Banking System, Distribution of Income, The Government’s role in the Economy, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, as well as International Trade. Students will be expected to learn this with a very strong emphasis on current events and the practical implementation of economic decisions and policies. Advanced Placement classes are designed for college freshmen. You should only have sign up for this class if you truly expect to take your responsibility seriously! Students who should expect to take the AP Exam in May. All students at the end of this class should be able to take introductory economics classes in college with confidence and great success.
This course studies one of one of this country’s most important regions: the Midwest. Our laboratory is right outside the doors of this school. This survey of Chicago will focus on, but also transcend its written history, by exploring many dimensions of the rich and compelling legacy it has produced. We have at our disposal an amazing array of firsthand sources: people, historic sites, buildings, monuments, institutions, infrastructure, cemeteries, and neighborhoods. Chicago serves as a fine case study for understanding urban settings throughout the world, reflecting the complexities and challenges posed by large cities and the populations that inhabit them. The city’s geography, growth, industrialization, immigration, politics, and problems will be discussed. The course also examines current trends including long-term urban sustainability. A major portion of this class (during First Semester) involves participation in the Chicago Metropolitan History Fair.
This course is designed to introduce students to the unique relationship between people, their leaders, and their expenditures. We will examine closely the economic and governmental systems in the United States and around the world. The students will be given an opportunity to analyze the study of choices. These choices are often financial, but they may extend beyond the realm of "money" to concerns about quality of life, happiness and success. We will examine choices both on a small (micro) and large (macro) scale. Emphasis will be placed on the past, current, and projected future impact of the choices that have been made throughout the world around us. Subsequently, the bulk of the work in this class is not to prepare students to succeed on Jeopardy, but rather to develop each student’s ability to understand the complexity of the economic, political and social world around them. This class will include outside reading for non-fiction books, one essay per semester, and a semester long stock market game.
This course will examine US history and modern social issues from multiple perspectives to arrive at a multicultural understanding of U.S. society. Race and ethnic relations in the U.S. are examined through the lens of major issues: racism (structural and institutionalized), discrimination, privilege, and migration. The course covers the role that media outlets play in creating messages that work towards eliminating or perpetuating racism. Through close analysis of historical events and social issues, the goal is for students to feel accountable in helping create a more just society in the United States. Students will apply concepts they have learned in class to not only contemporary issues, but to their own lives. This course is also designed to examine some of our deeply held beliefs and assumptions and to explore why we believe what we do.
Honors Latin American History
Latin America is a complex region just south of the United States that is filled with a rich history, failures, triumphs, and possibilities. This course will examine the region prior to European contact and study the contributions of early Americans in the world. Studies will include the effect of colonization and the legacies that Europe left after Latin American countries achieved independence. The course will study the impact of the U.S. in Latin American countries. In this course students will read evidence from multiple sources to form their own interpretations of historical events.
Law in American Society
A practical and relevant course concerning law and various legal issues. Students engage in active participation, discuss current and controversial issues, and thoughtful deliberation of court cases. One of the favorite activities includes the Mock Trial at the end of the second semester.
This course is a study of people, places and environment from a physical and cultural perspective. Through a variety of classroom activities students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the interdependent world in which they live. Specifically, students will be introduced to the study of geography as a social science by emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems. In addition, students will analyze and evaluate the connection between their local and global communities. Through a variety of hands-on projects, students will understand the practical and responsible application of geography to life situations.