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Social Studies at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design

Civics - 1/2 credit

Civics provides the foundation for students’ active and informed participation in our society, and for understanding the interaction between the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship. This course examines the structure of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with a focus on the role and structure of the three branches of government, types of political systems, the electoral process and the role of government in our society.

Geography - 1/2 credit

Geography integrates the study of geographical knowledge, skills and perspectives to take students on a journey around the globe. Geography examines the complex relationships between people and their environments. The study of geographical themes and global issues will be highlighted as students study the world’s regions. The development of reading and writing, as well as social studies skills and technology integration, will be the focus of this course.

Journalism & Media - 1/2 credit

Students in this course will learn the fundamental skills and techniques involved in writing and producing radio and television news stories. Students will learn broadcast writing style, the history, role, and functions of the media and the influence and significance of the media in society and public affairs. The course examines current trends, issues, and development in the print, broadcast, and online/digital media. Audio recording and editing and video editing will be taught. Students will learn editing on professional editing software.

International Studies - 1 credit

International Studies is an introduction to the major concepts, issues and patterns in our world. This project-based course will allow students to explore the global issues that not only affect them, but the various people and cultures around the “small” world in which they live. They will make the important connections needed to live and work in a global society.

Psychology - 1/2 credit

This introductory course in Psychology introduces students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students study the knowledge and theory associated with the study of human behavior, learning, and the human mind, as well as the methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Senior Capstone - 1/2 credit

This class will guide teacher selected Pathways seniors on their journey to complete the Capstone Project. This project is a graduation requirement. The mission is to engage each student in a personalized learning experience. The project allows students the opportunity to apply and demonstrate interdisciplinary skill and knowledge acquired in high school while investigating a specialized area of interest.

U.S. History - 1 credit

This course investigates the forces that shape the political, social, and economic institutions of the modern American. An in-depth exploration of the United States in the 20th century and today, including contemporary issues and the place of the United States in the global world, will provide the framework for study. The continued development of historical themes, including the meaning of freedom and of historical thinking skills will be a focus of this course.


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