• SOCIAL STUDIES
    Social Studies Credit

     The Parkway Social Studies Program has been designed to achieve three goals.

    • The first goal is for the student to become a healthy and active citizen of their local community, the United States, and the World.
    • A second goal is to provide the student the freedom to design a rich and engaging course of study with options that provide the student with the opportunity to pursue their personal academic goals.
    • A third goal is for the student to develop the historical thinking skills needed to understand the concepts and the skills related to the Social Studies and to effectively communicate these concepts.

    Four options in developing a four-year plan are described in the following paragraphs.  When a student chooses one of these options, he/she is not committed to stay at that course level.  The student is able to switch into a different course sequence if academic results indicate this would be beneficial, and subsequent teacher, student, and parent conference concurs.

    1) General Studies Option:  meets the requirements necessary for a high school diploma.

    Grade Courses
    9 Modern US History (a year-long course)

    10 World History (a year-long course)

    11
    US Government + a semester course listed below (may be taken any set of semesters after the 10th grade year)

     

    2) College-Bound Option:  for most students who are college bound (four-year University).

    Grade Courses
    9 Modern US History (a year-long course)

    10 World History (a year-long course)

    11
    US Government + a semester course listed below (may be taken any set of semesters after the 10th grade year)

    12
    Any two semester electives or one year-long elective (This option may include AP classes after teacher, student, and parent conference and agreement)

     

    3) Honors Option: is for those students that have been selected for an honors option.  If a student is interested in taking AP courses, he/she might select this challenging course sequence.  If a student wants to add another elective to this program they can do so concurrently during the 11th or 12th grade year.

    Grade Courses
    9 AP Human Geography (a year-long course)

    10 AP World History (a year-long course)

    11
    AP Government (either semester), AP semester option (see list below)

    12 AP US History plus an elective option AP Modern European History or AP Psychology (all are year-long courses)

     

    4) Advanced Honors Option: is for students that have been selected for an honors option, and is the recommended sequence to reach as many AP classes as possible.  Students selecting this demanding and rigorous option are mostly those interested in a humanities-related major at a competitive college or seeking a professional degree or careers in public service, international relations, politics, or the law.

    Grade Courses
    9 AP Human Geography (a year-long course)

    10 AP World History (a year-long course)

    11
    AP Government, AP Comparative Politics and
    AP Microeconomics  and AP Macroeconomics

    12 AP US History (a year-long course) and AP Modern European History or AP Psychology (a year-long course) and a semester course (listed below)

     

    Elective Courses
    The courses listed below are divided into three main areas of study to allow the student to design a program that fits their needs and interest level:

    U.S. Studies
    History of St. Louis
    History of the American West
    Hisotry of Rap, Rock, and Jazz
    AP U.S. History (Dual Credit Offered, required for students taking AP Human Geography)
    AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (may be taken together to replace Personal Finance)

    World Studies
    Challenges to Democracy
    AP Modern European History
    AP Comparative Government

    Behavioral Sciences
    Crime and the Law
    Psychology
    Philosophy and Ethics
    Contemporary Issues

    AP Psychology

    *Parkway West Social Studies Department offers all available AP social studies courses.


     

    157001/157002
    Modern United States History
    Infinite Campus Name: MOD US HIST
    Grade(s): 09
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    Modern U.S. History includes the study of domestic and foreign events and issues that shaped the United States from 1870 through contemporary America. Students will analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources, ask compelling questions, investigate significant events and change over time, discuss ideas from multiple perspectives, share their thinking across multiple written and visual forms of communication, and practice the skills of an engaged citizen.
    157011/157012
    World History: The Modern Era
    Infinite Campus Name: WORLD HIST
    Grade(s): 10
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    In this course, students will trace the development of world history from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century by concentrating on the specific periods, persons, and events of greatest significance to development. Study includes comparisons of past and present events as well as comparisons of western and non-western development to foster an understanding of the political, social, geographic and economic status of several nations in the world today. Students will analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources, ask compelling questions, investigate significant events and change over time, discuss ideas from multiple perspectives, share their thinking across multiple written and visual forms of communication, and practice the skills of an engaged global citizen.
    157100
    United States Government
    Infinite Campus Name: GOVERNMENT
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    In this course, students closely examine federal and state systems, structures, principles, and historical foundations of government. Attention will be given to the role of economics, social structures, individual perspectives, interest groups, and foreign influences in American politics. Students will think critically about issues concerning the United States' government, the impact of decision-making on a variety of peoples and groups, and their own role as an engaged citizen. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation. In accordance with Missouri law, all Parkway students must pass examinations on their knowledge of the United States and Missouri Constitutions administered during this course. The course also includes the End of Course Assessment required by the state of Missouri.
    157350
    History of St. Louis
    Infinite Campus Name: HIS ST LOUIS
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course will provide an overview of the unique and diverse history of St. Louis. Students will follow the course of development of this small 18th Century trading post as it expands into a major metropolis at the turn of the 20th Century, and will culminate with an examination of the city as it now exists. The course will discuss individuals who are important to the development of the city, but will emphasize the significant contributions (e.g. architecture, music, art) of the culturally diverse people who have made the city of St. Louis what it is today. The course will culminate with students examining and debating contemporary, as well as future issues that face our community.
    157360
    History of the American West
    Infinite Campus Name: HIST AM WEST
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    Gunfighters, cowboys, Native Americans, and explorers:  we’ll study all of the interesting, diverse groups that found themselves in the American West.  The American West is an exciting place that is still shaping our country today.  What does it mean to be an American?  Can diverse groups get along without violence?  Are the Western movies accurate?  Examine the myths and the reality about people, places and events in the West.  Analyze movies, debate deep issues, design a board game, and more.
    157550
    Challenges to Democracy
    Infinite Campus Name: CHAL TO DEM
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course will focus on issues pertaining to the topic of democracy and the ways in which the definition of democracy, respect for the individual within the community is often violated in the modern world. Several sources will be used in teaching this course. The course focuses on challenges that are faced in the United States, including the topic of hate crimes and prejudice. In addition, students will examine several case studies of human rights violations throughout the world from the last twenty years. The primary focus on this course is the study of genocides in the Twentieth Century, including Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Holocaust. A large segment of class time will be devoted to discussion; therefore, classroom participation during discussion will be expected.
    157750
    Contemporary Issues
    Infinite Campus Name: CONTMP ISSUE
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course will focus on modern issues in all areas of the social studies: political, economic, and social. The students will read from several sources, including a weekly news magazine. Current events will be studied with a historical perspective and projection of future possibilities. Both domestic and international issues will be examined. A large segment of class time will be devoted to discussion. Therefore, classroom participation during discussions will be expected.
    157750
    Crime and the Law
    Infinite Campus Name: CRIME & LAW
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course studies crime in America and how our society deals with those who break its laws. Topics studied will include an examination of civil and criminal law, constitutional law, individual rights, theories of the causes of criminal behavior, the structure and function of the legal system, and examination of the penal system, and the roles of police, attorneys, and judges. The course will introduce landmark decisions, case studies, and guest speakers. This course will provide for individual research.
    157800
    Psychology
    Infinite Campus Name: PSYCHOLOGY
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings. Psychology is a behavioral science, which studies the individual's personality, emotions, intelligence, interactions, creativity and motivation. Topics include an introduction to the field, experimental method, sensation, perception, learning, personality, memory and thinking, abnormal psychology, states of consciousness and psychological therapy.
    157840
    Philosophy and Ethics
    Infinite Campus Name: PHILOS & ETHICS
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course is an introduction to the broad, essential, philosophical questions raised and theories proposed about human nature, decision-making, societal problems and issues, and the world. Students will become familiar with the specialized knowledge gained from research and discussion, communication skills, and personal attitudes needed to engage in philosophical discourse and apply these understandings to their lives.
    157860
    History of Rap, Rock, and Jazz
    Infinite Campus Name: RAP ROCK JAZZ HISTORY
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    Art reflects culture, and culture reflects the art. This course will examine the birth and growth of the blues, jazz, rock, and hip-hop over the course of the 20th century to the present. We will look at how these art forms are interrelated, and how each has developed, morphed and redefined themselves over time. Moreover, we will study the cultural, social, and political context that fostered their genesis and evolution, as well as the people associated with them.
    159011/159012
    AP World History
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP WRLD HIS
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    AP World History works to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts including interactions over time. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course will flow chronologically while examining five major historical themes. The course prepares students to take the AP World History exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159120
    AP United States Government & Politics
    Infinite Campus Name: +APUSGOV/POL
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course is designed to challenge students who are interested in advanced studies in government. Students study the history, institutions, branches, functions, electoral processes, and citizens' role in the governments of the local area, the state of Missouri, and the United States. The course includes an emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as a study of the principles and provisions of the Missouri and the United States Constitutions. The course includes the End of Course Assessment and The Constitution examination(s), as required by the state of Missouri. Students must pass The Constitution examination(s) to meet state graduation requirements. This course prepares students for the AP US Government & Politics exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159150
    AP Comparative Government & Politics
    Infinite Campus Name: +APCOMGOV/PL
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    The AP course in Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course illustrates the rich diversity of political life, available institutional alternatives, differences in processes and policy outcomes, and global and political changes. Six countries form the core of AP Comparative Government and Politics: China, Great Britain, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. The impact of supranational organizations such as the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank on the six countries is also studied. This course prepares students for the AP Comparative Government & Politics exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159301/159302
    AP United States History
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP US HIST
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    AP United States History asks students to think conceptually about the changing nature of American society, politics, and the economy over a wide-span of time. Students investigate history through seven major themes: American and National Identity; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power; Work, Exchange, and Technology; America and the World; Geography and the Environment; and Culture and Society. Attention is given to analytical and interpretive issues in the field American History, and how historical trends continue to influence our country. In this course, students will engage in a variety of challenging texts, including the course textbook, primary and secondary sources, and non-print-based media, and improve their writing skills specific to historical analysis and synthesis. This course prepares students for the AP United States History exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the University of Missouri dual-credit program as well as the College-Board. A weighted grade is given.  
    159501/159502
    AP European History
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP MD EURHS
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This will be a rigorous course investigating the emergence of the ideas and institutions which shaped the modern world. Students will develop and demonstrate a knowledge of basic chronology, intellectual history and an understanding of the major events, themes and trends from the late Middle Ages to the recent past. Together we will investigate the cultural, political, artistic, economic and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live. This course prepares students to take the AP European History exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159511/159512
    AP Human Geography
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP HUMAN GEOGRPAPHY
    Grade(s): 9
    Prerequisite: None
    1 Social Studies credit

    AP Human Geography is a college level introductory geography course. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of human geography and analyze current world problems, social organization, and environmental issues by studying where human activity takes place, why it takes place there, and the impact on our world. The course prepares students for the AP Human Geography exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159710
    AP Macroeconomics
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP MACRO ECON
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  AP Microeconomics
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course examines economic concepts associated with our free enterprise/capitalistic economy. Principles researched and discussed in the course include economic growth, aggregates, the U.S. banking system, world economies, and money. Students will have the opportunity to learn through independent research, projects, and discussion. Successful completion of this course coupled with AP Microeconomics and the Personal Finance end-of-course exam will satisfy the Personal Finance course requirement. This course prepares students for the AP Macroeconomics exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159720
    AP Microeconomics
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP MICRO ECON
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Standing
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    This course examines economic concepts associated with our free enterprise/capitalistic economy. Principles researched and discussed in the course include the nature and methods of economics, market systems and their structures, resource use, as well as supply and demand. Students will have the opportunity to learn through independent research, projects, and discussion. This course is a prerequisite for AP Macroeconomics. Successful completion of this course, AP Macroeconomics and the Personal Finance end-of-course exam will satisfy the Personal Finance course requirement. This course prepares students for the AP Microeconomics exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.
    159801/159802
    AP Psychology
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP PSYCHOLO
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Social Studies credit each semester

    AP Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental process of human beings. Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They will also learn about the methods psychologists use to explore the process involved in normal and abnormal perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions. This course prepares students for the AP Psychology exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.