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civics / 9th grade

This is an introductory class to engage students in current issues and help prepare them to be active, contributing citizens.   Students will engage with complex ‘wicked problems’ and explore the idea that there’s no one right answer.   They learn to negotiate and hear different perspectives, which better prepares them for more advanced discussion and college work.  This class will also study the origins and current development of the ‘commons’ and our collective responsibilities for preserving common resources.  (taught by Joseph Mais)

U.S. History/ Arizona History

Trace the growth of the United States, especially westward expansion,  by studying the economic, social, technological, and political turning points; focus directly on the social movements and events leading up to and forming the 21st century–land purchase, racial conflicts and struggles for enfranchisement, economic depression and the dust bowl migrations, the cold war, civil rights’ struggles and the Vietnam conflict, market failures and wars.  Students will develop historical research skills, as well as the ability to respectfully express points of view and perspective.  (taught by Lukas Bogard)

World History/ Geography

Study the world in transition, comparing and contrasting the development of empires and nation-states; identify core ideas and theories and their impact on historical change; focus directly on the forces leading up to and forming the 20th century; examine environmental issues from a global view and develop historical research skills; interpret the world, regions, and places in spatial terms.  (taught by Steve Painter)

Government / economics

Describe the development of American democracy and the structures of forms of government; analyze Constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the factors that influence contemporary elections and policy-making, and local/global governance; as well as production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services; personal and global finance, trade policies, alternative monetary standards, economic recessions and depressions in history, health care, education, and finance.  Students in this class will follow the passage of a bill into law, work with local congressional representatives through that process, and engage with local issues that have governmental consequences.  (taught by Steve Painter)

History Through Film: 20th Century

The study of history in film from its beginning to the end of the Production Code era in the United States—from silent films to talkies during the 1920s and 1930s to post-war American and foreign films as the world tried to come to terms with the horrors of World War II and the Cold War. Students will gain an understanding of the historical time frame in which the films were made as well as an appreciation for the heritage of moviemaking.

social issues

Social Issues is a new upper level course designed to study the interactions of race, class, gender, and culture as they relate to contemporary human societies, particularly in the United States. It also includes a special emphasis on the social construction of the environment, environmental justice, and the social connection to spatial arrangement of cities and neighborhoods, especially in the Tucson region. (taught by Lukas Bogard)