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Social Sciences

World Cultures and Geography

The purpose of this course is to provide each student with a holistic understanding of our world. By exploring elements of each region’s history, culture, physical geography, and current conditions students will be exposed to the unique traits that characterize each region. This course centers around the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment. These the characteristics range from the major landforms, climates, and ecosystems. Students will also analyze the interrelationships between political, social and economic processes that shape cultural patterns of each region. This course will enable students to do the following: Students will have an understanding of the physical and cultural geography of different countries around the world. Students will have an understanding of the political, social and economical geography of different countries around the world. Students will comprehend and apply key geographic themes, such as location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction. Students will read global texts and be able to make a judgement on the content of said text Students will learn how to write academically rigorous papers. Students will be able to analyze the importance of human environmental interaction and its impact on current events. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to have each student be more aware of the world they live in by humanizing its inhabitants and their circumstances.

 

U.S Government & Civics

This course is meant to prepare students to become active citizens in their community and larger society. By understanding the fundamentals of the U.S government’s three branches, the executive, judicial and legislative, and the need for civic engagement, students will have the foundational knowledge and competency to succeed. This course will enable students to do the following: Students will be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts while developing their connections to make the curriculum relevant to current events and their own lived experiences. Students will gain a stronger understanding of the foundations of the U.S political system and understand how the government established by the Constitution derives its purpose, values, and principles. Students will be able to understand the Supreme Court’s foundation as a law-bearing body and the various political ideologies of the Supreme Court Justices. Students will be able to analyze and interpret various events and documents that correspond with the branches of government Students will identify their roles in civic life, politics, and government. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to have each student understand the utility and purpose of the three branches of the U.S. government in their lives.

 

World History in the Modern World

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to grasp theory related to history and more broadly, ideas pertaining to Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Orientalism. In this case, the tools necessary are the critical thinking and analytical skills, conceptual knowledge, and historical themes that make up modern contemporary history. This course will enable student to do the following: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of theory-heavy ideas pertaining to economics, society, race and religion. Students will have an understanding of the political, social and economical geography of different countries around the world. Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources within the context of history and be able to make a judgment on the text. Students will gain global insight into the world and be able to make connections between their circumstances as Muslims in America to global circumstances of other peoples.Students will be able to use their analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast to comprehend key figures, events, and themes in global history. Students will find personal relevance to the content presented throughout the course. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to have each student understand how history came to be determined as it is today and be able to parse out where Islam and Muslims fit into that wider scope. Students will also be armed with the tools of introspection, critical thinking and creative writing in order to make distinctions between what they have been told and what really happened in history.  

 

Economics

This course will start by exploring basic microeconomic concepts such as opportunity cost, comparative advantage, supply and demand, and the production possibilities frontier.  It will then use these concepts to discuss global political economic issues and constructs, such as globalization, capitalism, and socialism.  Finally, the course will then wrap up by covering financial literacy, going over topics such as debt, insurance, and taxes. The purpose of this course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of both consumers and producers, within the economic system. Students will explore the functions of product markets, which include the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.

This course will enable students to:

  • Understand how consumers and businesses make economic changes
  • Develop analytical techniques to comprehend how consumers maximize their well-being and how businesses maximize thier profits
  • Understand the effects of various market structures
  • Develop problem solving skills to understand the political and economic issues within the U.S. economic system
  • Learn to create, analyze and/or draw conclusions from graph, statistics, equations, and other complex representations of economic phenomena.