The goal of the social science department at Fresco Arts Academy is to produce citizens who have an exceptional ability to analyze, and if they wish confront, contemporary and past issues in the world through a deep understanding of history, culture as well as social, political and economic forces. In addition, students will be encouraged to foster a lifelong interest of history and social studies. These courses are designed to be innovative, exciting and rigorous. It is the departments goal that all students finishing the social science sequence can successfully compete against students entering top-tier universities. To this end students will:
Students will also work to enhance their academic and cognitive skills and abilities in these courses. They will learn and hone their ability to:
Grade 11: United States History
Students will study the United States from the founding of the first colonies to the present. Students will pay especial attention to the affects of major turning points in American history including: the revolutionary war, the Civil War, World War I and II, urbanization in the 1920s, the Cold War, Vietnam War, and advances in technology.
Grade 12: Economics
Economics is about choice. Students in this course will understand how economic choices and principles affect their lives and the lives of people around the world. This course will give them the tools to be smart consumers, and evaluators of economic policies. Finally, students will be able to evaluate our economic system in light of other countries' systems and against our own ideals.
Grade 12: Government
Students in this course will learn the theoretical foundations of politics, as well as the framework and development of the American political system. Students will examine and evaluate the processes and institutions and public policies of the American political system. Students will also research the nature of public opinion and the implications of the nature of public opinion for American democracy.