Social Studies

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    World History Online / Honors World History Online (H3315S1PV/H3315S2PV)

    This course provides a study of world history. Included in the first semester of the ASD world history curriculum are the geographic regions of Greece, Rome, India, The Far East; China, Japan, Korea, and Africa. Geography, humanities, religions, government, economy, society, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which these areas of the world will be explored.

    US History Online / Honors US History Online   (H3317S1PV/H3317S2PV)

    This online course provides the study of United States history with some integration of world history. Historiography, geography, economics, government, humanities, sociology, religions, philosophy, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which US history will be examined. The first semester will investigate/explore the American experience through the post WW I era (roaring twenties) and the beginning of the Great Depression. The second semester will investigate/explore the American experience from the Great Depression through contemporary America.

    Alaska Studies Online (H3310PV)

    Alaska Studies is an in-depth exploration of the rich geographic and cultural background of the state and its people from the early native peoples to the Russian era through statehood to the present. This course includes examination of the geography, history and the political and economic forces that have shaped contemporary Alaska. Content is organized around five themes of population, land, resource, governance and cultural landscape. The course seeks to ensure that students have a strong foundation in the historic and cultural contexts of issues facing the state so they will develop a broad sense of community and strengthen skills that will encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and choices facing Alaska.

    Economics Online (H3080PV)

    This course is designed to teach students economics concepts and principles and to introduce them to important economic institutions. Students will learn to apply economic reasoning to their lives as citizens, consumers, workers and producers.


    Consumer Economics  Online (H3082PV) NOT NCAA APPROVED

    This course focuses on the economic way of thinking and application of basic economics with an emphasis on financial literacy. Students will explore a number of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, and global markets as they relate to the individual in the economic system. They will learn how their economic choices effect their lives as citizens, consumers, workers and producers.

    US Government Online (H3075PV)

    This course is founded on the belief that to become an informed and active citizen, an understanding of government is essential. This course will feature both the structure of government and the function of politics. It will include both theory and practical application of the following: 1) foundations of United States government, 2) institutions and policy making, 3) principles of the United States constitution, 4) roles and responsibilities of the citizen, and 5) political behavior.

    Psychology Online (H3685PV)

    Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior from early childhood through old age. Students will explore how an organism's physical state, mental state and external environment affect behavior and the mental processes. Sample topics include: how people learn, think, feel and behave; how developmental stages are important in the human life cycle; how self-concept is developed through relationships with parents, peers and culture; and how brain functions are affected by environmental conditions.


    Global Geography (H3030PV)  Typically 9th grade elective 

    This course is ideal for those curious about our world. The course concentrates on developing geographic skills and concepts so that students can ask questions about the world and then gather, organize, analyze and apply the geographic information. For example, students will study world population growth and distribution, patterns of migration, how climate affects human habitation and distribution and how people use resources.


    Contemporary Problems Online (H3655PV)  

    It may seem like we live in a sometimes scary and ever-changing world. Everywhere we “look” from the homeless living on the streets, to world-wide health epidemics, to the often negative effects of our global world problems seem to appear at every corner. In Social Problems II: Crisis, Conflict, and Challenges, you’ll explore more of the challenges we face and learn what we can do to reduce the effects of these conflicts and problems. From drug abuse to terrorists to the changing nature of communities in our digital world, we can better face and solve these problems when we have a deeper understanding of their causes and influences on our lives.


    World Religions (H3465PV)

    From Taoism, to Islam, to Christianity, religion inevitably affects us all in some way. On one level, religion can help us commune with and honor our spiritual natures, but it can also divide people and create great strife in the world. World Religions: Exploring Diversity will explore the various characteristics of faith and introduce the fundamentals of the major religions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Shintoism, and Taoism. You’ll trace how these powerful faiths have influenced cultures over thousands of years and helped to shape the face of humanity. After this course, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how religion continues to affect the larger world.


    Criminology Online (H3615PV)

    Criminology is a study in the nature and causes of crime, its control and related punishment issues. Students will explore online why people become criminals, how we control criminals and how crime affects young people. Sample questions include: What are common crimes? How do juvenile crime patterns compare with adult? What are the different types of crimes? How do we police? What is organized crime? How does a citizen become part of the solution? How are property crime patterns different from violent crime patterns?