Social Studies Department


The Social Sciences Department, through its wide range of course offerings, is committed to engaging students in the critical study of human experience and behavior, and the diverse physical, economic and social environments developed by individuals and societies across the globe. Courses in this department have been designed to prepare students for responsible global citizenship through: 1) the investigation of interesting and relevant content [in disciplines such as economics, geography, history, political science, and psychology] and 2) the development of a variety of 21st century skills.

Social Studies Department

Global Issues I

Global Issues I is the first year of a two year social science and interdisciplinary study based on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals using Ancient World History as its historical anchor. Goals to be covered will include, but not be limited to a study of themes such as Peace and Conflict, Migration and Urbanization and Education for all. Students will consider the past as well as the present with real-world authentic assessments indicating understandings of key social studies concepts. An awareness of and understanding of issues related to contemporary news items will be encouraged and developed through the course. Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creative communication will all be a part of this required course.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Required of all students attending ECA during Grade 9.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Global Issues Std. & Benchmarks

Global Issues II

Global Issues II is the second year of a two year social science and interdisciplinary study. Students will consider the past as well as the present as they gain a deeper understanding of global issues that affect all people. The first semester examines the role of innovation in moving the world from the ancient to modern age. The second semester examines the concepts of power and freedom by use of case studies. Critical thinking, problem solving, and creative communication will all reinforced as a part of this required course.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Required of all students attending ECA during Grade 10.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Global Issues Std. & Bench

Venezuelan History

Venezuelan History is a one semester course taught in Spanish that covers the history of Venezuela from the dissolution of the Gran Colombia in 1830 through the establishment of the Republic of Venezuelan. It will outline the different historical events that shaped the consolidation of the Venezuelan state. The students will learn about the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects that characterized the country from 1830 to the present.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Recommended if student may attend a Venezuelan university. Grades 10-12.

Standards: HS Social Studies Reporting Standards

Venezuelan Geography

Venezuelan Geography is a one semester course taught in Spanish that covers the geopolitical situation of Venezuela with emphasis on regional divisions by physical and population criteria. It will outline the different economic activities of each region and the administrative and political organization of the country. The course will end with a discussion of the principal environmental issues that affect Venezuela and possible solutions to these problems.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Recommended if student may attend a Venezuelan university. Grades 10-12.

Standards: HS Social Studies Reporting Standards

IB 20th Century History SL/HL

IB 20th Century History SL/HL is the first year of a two year course that delves into twentieth century history through an examination of three themes which include: the rise and rule of single-party states, the Cold War and the causes, practices and effects of war. Specific content under the above topics is chosen to enable students to make regional comparisons between single party dictatorships and with an examination of the Cold War from 1945-1979. Key topics include the a study of Tsarist Russia, the development of the Communist state under Lenin and Stalin, the development of Germany between the wars, the rule of Mao Tse Tung, the origins of the Cold War and the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Assessment is through essay writing, documentary analysis, oral presentations, unit tests and semester exams.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Global Issues I and II or approval of the instructor. Grade 11.

Standards: IB Social Studies Reporting Standards

IB History of the Americas SL/HL

IB History of the Americas SL/HL is the second year of a two-year course that takes a more regional focus. Emphasis is on political and economic history of the United States and its relationship with Latin America from the late 19th century up to 1990. Course content that aligns with and reinforces the first year program is given priority. For example, the political history of U.S. expansion and foreign policy relative to Latin America; U.S. and Latin American involvement in the Cold War and its impact on the region; and revolutions/single party states in Latin America (with a heavy emphasis on Fidel Castro) are the relevant units that are covered. In addition, studies will be completed on US domestic policies from 1945 to 1981 as well as conducting a detailed study of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1945 to 1979. Assessment is through essay writings, documentary analysis, oral presentations, unit tests, semester exams, an internal assessment and an external exam.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Successful completion of IB 20th Century History HL. Grade 12.

Standards: IB Social Studies Reporting Standards

IB Economics SL/HL

IB Economics SL/HL is a two year course that aims to develop in students the skills of economic reasoning and analysis—the ability to examine and explain real-world economic situations and data in a clear, unbiased way. It includes the following four areas of study: Microeconomics, which looks at consumer choices, business decision-making, and market failures; Macroeconomics, including inflation, unemployment, and economic growth, as well as the role of government policies in the economy; International Economics, including international trade and exchange rates; and Development Economics, which looks at various barriers (political, economic, social, etc.) to economic development and strategies to overcome those barriers. The internal assessment component of the course involves economic analysis of current news articles in three of the four sections of the course syllabus.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Social Studies Reporting Standards

IB Psychology SL/HL

IB Psychology SL/HL is a two year course that focuses on the systematic study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of psychological theories, studies and perspectives. The biological, cognitive, and sociocultural influences on human behavior will be explored. Students will also consider how ethics and technology have influenced psychological research. Topics include brain research, body chemistry, personality, memory, social influence, human development, and abnormal psychology.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Social Studies Reporting Standards