Social Sciences

2024-2025

Cary Academy introduces students to several of the social studies disciplines: history, political science,
and economics as avenues for understanding human nature, society, and civilizations.

Social Sciences 24-25

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1 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC590-S1 ADV Comparative Politics S1 This advanced, one-semester course will examine several major countries—Great Britain, Russia, India, China, and Iran--using key concepts and comparative analysis. The goal of the course is to understand how their political systems work and the challenges they face in terms of power, legitimacy, economic development, social/gender/ethnic conflicts, and global forces. In the process, we will look at how their governance systems survive and change. A final emphasis will be on the potential political futures of these countries. While this course is not intended to prepare students an Advanced Placement tests, the conceptual and analytical thinking gained from the course will provide a basis for individual preparation should students choose to sit for the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
2 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC551-S1 ADV Microeconomics S1 This one-semester course is the equivalent of a college-level course that introduces students to the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the problem of scarcity, how different societies address that problem, the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in helping to correct for those failures. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. Most students in this course choose to sit for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Microeconomics. Seniors will be given preference for this course. Prerequisites: Grade of B or above in MTH 300: Algebra II or grade of B- or above in a higher level math course AND either a grade of B or above in US History or B- or above in ADV US History or a grade of A- or above in 10th grade PATH; and permission of the department chair. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
3 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences TASOC199-S1 TA: History S1 This World History teaching assistant position is designed to give motivated upper-classmen the opportunity to take an active role in supporting students in the WH: Historical Thinking & Analysis course. Teaching assistants will be expected to attend, on average, one class per week of the course they are assisting with and will coordinate with the teacher regarding specific daily duties. At the discretion of the teacher, teaching assistants may serve as a resource for group and individual work and coach students outside of their history class. Students who serve as teaching assistants should have passion for helping other students and genuine interest in history and be willing to work collaboratively with other TAs and teachers to enhance the experience of 9th graders in this PATH course. Prerequisites: An average of A- or above in 10th grade PATH courses. Completed applications will be reviewed for approval by the department chair. All 0.50 Fall 11,12
4 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM donna_eason 01/04/2024 06:32 PM Social Sciences SOC103-S1 WH: Historical Thinking & Analysis S1 This required first semester 9th grade course will be the foundation for the rest of the student's study of social science at Cary Academy. The course will focus on the development of four foundational historical thinking skills and writing like historians, which will then be further developed and reinforced over the next three semesters. Students will consider how historians evaluate original source material, work with incomplete records, and consider multiple perspectives. Students will practice formulating arguments and weighing evidence in short, formal pieces of writing. Appropriate and effective use of technological tools to research, write, present, and collaborate will also be a component of this class. All 0.50 Fall 9
5 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC164-S1 WH: History of Science & Technology S1 What are the roots of our modern world? What has allowed us our understanding of science and the use of incredible technologies? What we know and what we use are the results of a long history of scientific and technological discoveries. This course will give students the opportunity for a cross-cultural examination of science and technology--across time and place. We will look at the impact of science and technology in all areas of the human experience--economic, political, intellectual, cultural, and social. All 0.50 Fall 10
6 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC186-S1 WH: Human Origins S1 In this course, students will explore early human history from 200,000 years ago up to the transition to sedentary agricultural societies. Students will learn how to evaluate archaeological evidence and make inferences based on limited material evidence. We will explore how human societies cooperated, lived, and formed unique cultures in hunter-gatherer societies. Some topics include the development of archaeology as a professional discipline, human migration out of Africa, the evolution of human technology, the extinction of the megafauna, and the development of the earliest systems of human belief. All 0.50 Fall 10
7 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC174-S1 WH: Terrorism & Violent Extremism S1 This course focuses on providing a basic level of understanding of the conditions and issues surrounding terrorism and extremism in the world today. Students will grapple with defining what terrorism is and is not. They will also discuss the types of terrorists and terrorism that exist today, both domestic and foreign, as well as how terrorists operate. The challenge of appropriate responses for a democratic society to respond to threats will also be examined. Finally, the class will look at potential future threats and practices. All 0.50 Fall 10
8 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC185-S1 WH: The Cold War & Sports S1 Some of history's most compelling moments were not fought on battlefields, in palaces, or in royal courts--they were on football (soccer) fields, ice rinks, and basketball courts. This course will explore the intersection of the political events of the Cold War Era with international sports, including how sports served as tools of diplomacy, propaganda, national identity, and cultural exchange. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the Cold War and its cultural ramifications through contemporary and academic readings, film, and guided research. All 0.50 Fall 10
9 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC420-S2 ADV China: Past, Present, & Future S2 This advanced, one-semester course examines continuity and change in China from the mid-1800s to the present using the institutional lenses of politics, economics, society, culture, the environment, and the global system. In a relatively short time span, China experienced imperialism, the fall of the centuries-long emperor system, revolution, civil war, Maoism, Deng Xiaoping’s rapid economic development, and currently Xi Jinping’s “national rejuvenation.” China has the second-largest economy and by some measures the third-largest military in the world. China projects its power in the South China Sea and beyond through its Belt and Road Initiative, growing armed forces, and space exploration. Yet, China faces a number of challenges such as sluggish economic growth, population decline, environmental sustainability, unification with Taiwan, and tensions with the US. Key questions to explore: How did China get here? How has nationalism influenced policy and culture over the last one hundred years? What does “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” mean? What is China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” and how successful has it been? How much has China’s culture changed? How does the Chinese government maintain control over society? What human rights challenges does China face? What is China’s relationship with Taiwan? With the United States? Based on the forces of continuity and change, students finish the course with their own projection of China’s future in the context of its goals, abilities, challenges, and the global environment. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
10 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC168-S2 WH: Genocide S2 After the Holocaust, there was a sense in the world that we must not ever let another event like this happen again. Despite that sentiment, genocides have continued to occur. This course will examine the concept of genocide, and investigate when and where genocide has happened both prior to and since the Holocaust. The course will begin by attempting to reach a consensus on a definition of genocide, and then examine various case studies. The course will also investigate what role, if any, the United States should play in preventing future genocides. All 0.50 Spring 9,10
11 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC134-S2 WH: Global Democracies S2 In 1992, the distinguished political theorist Frances Fukuyama declared that the spread of Western liberal democracy was the “end point of mankind's ideological evolution.” History had ended; democracy would be humanity’s universally accepted final form of government. However, the 21st Century has seen as many challenges to democratic institutions as innovations that strengthen and enable civic participation. In this course, students will explore the range of problems and possibilities that today’s diverse democracies face. Students will engage in independent research and seminars with a special focus on collaborative exploration and problem solving. All 0.50 Spring 9, 10
12 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC127-S2 WH: Industrialism, Imperialism & The Great War S2 The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the beginning of globalization as Europeans harnessed their new agricultural and industrial capabilities to go out and impose their will on the rest of the world. The resulting collisions of cultures laid the groundwork for the modern world before finally exploding in the Great War. The course will begin with a look at changes in agriculture and population. The energy revolutions of coal, electricity, and petroleum will be explored not only as tools of industrialization, but also as tools of imperialism. Last, we will examine the causes, course of events, and consequences of the First World War. All 0.50 Spring 9,10
13 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC152-S2 WH: Rise & Fall of Empires S2 What does it take to build an empire? What determines whether an empire lives or dies? What leads to the collapse of an empire? In this course, we will try to answer these questions and more as we examine various empires from around the world with special attention paid to the classical and post-classical eras. This course will offer a broad view while also giving students opportunities to research and compare empires of the past and present. All 0.50 Spring 9, 10
14 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC132-S2 WH: The Columbian Exchange - Plants, Animals, Diseases, & Unintended Consequences S2 Students will trace the repercussions of disease transfer in the Americas, explore the environmental impacts of the global adoption of the potato in China and Europe, investigate the birth of a global human rights movement, and understand the innovative methods of Maroon communities who resisted slavery. Beginning in the 1500s, we will make connections between the past and the present, analyzing radical shifts in cultural exchange, culinary traditions, consumer behaviors, and living patterns during the first era of globalization. Students will engage with primary sources, participate in simulations, read historical fiction, and delve into new research from historians to understand how the choices made by people during this pivotal period continue to influence how we live, speak, eat, purchase, and interact with the world today.  All 0.50 Spring 9,10
15 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC153-S2 WH: World Religions S2 This course explores the dynamic nature of world religions. Through an extensice use of case studies, we will analyze the internal diversity of religious traditions, examine how religions evolve over time, and explore their influence on and integration into culture. Students will actively contribute to selecting topics covered in the course, such as violence and peace, climate change and the environment, gender roles, technology, and more. By delving into these case studies, the course aims to foster an introductory understanding of the history and diversity of religious and philosophical beliefs globally. All 0.50 Spring 9,10
16 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC461-S2 ADV African-American History S2 From the dirt fields of union organizer Nate Shaw’s Tallapoosa County, Alabama sharecropping to the literary salons of Langston Hughes and Alain Locke’s New Negro in NYC’s Harlem Renaissance; from the entrepreneurship of Madam CJ Walker the first African American millionaire to the anti-lynching activism of journalist Ida B. Wells; from Civil Rights luminaries like W.E. B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, to the Black Panther Party for Self Defense founders Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton; from the election of Barack Obama to #blacklivesmatter; from the famous and extraordinary to the everyday citizen, African American history is American history. This course will examine the long Black Freedom Movement from the Emancipation/Reconstruction period of the late 19th century forward to the present day. Some emphasis will be given to North Carolina history including the Wilmington Coup of 1898, the Greensboro Woolworths sit-ins, the founding of SNCC by Ella Baker at Shaw University, and the Moral Mondays demonstrations organized by Reverend William Barber in Raleigh. This special-topics class will trace the struggles against white supremacy and racism as well as the successes of African Americans despite institutional barriers to civic and economic equality. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
17 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC552-S2 ADV Macroeconomics S2 This one-semester course is the equivalent of a college-level course that introduces students to the principles that apply to economic systems as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination. It also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. Most students in this course choose to sit for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Macroeconomics. Seniors will be given preference for this course. Prerequisites: either a grade of B or above in US History or B- or above in ADV US History or a grade of A- or above in 10th grade PATH; and permission of the department chair. All 0.50 Spring 11,12
18 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC515-SY ADV Environmental Policy Advanced Environmental Policy will examine how government entities develop environmental policies in conjunction with environmental agents of change. The course will be divided into 2 key levels of focus. Beginning at the federal level, students will explore how the interrelationship of the three branches of government and interest groups affect the determination and implementation of United States environmental policy. We then turn our attention to the impact of environmental policy at the state level by examining North Carolina's environmental and political issues, linking our current environmental policy to seminal cases nationally at the state-level. This course will investigate these topics through a variety of activities including project and field work, and field trips to explore policy in situ. Students in this course will have significant input in the cases and topics that we explore. This course is not intended to prepare for the AP exam in either discipline. Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or above in US History, B or above in ADV US History, or an average of A- or above in 10th grade PATH courses, and permission of the department chair. All 1.00 Year 11,12
19 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC510-SY ADV US Goverment Politics & Political Theory The goals of this course are to increase understanding of the American political system, its framework, traditions and values. This course is concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it continues to function in the twenty-first century. We will examine in detail the principal processes and institutions through which the political system functions, as well as some of the public policies that these institutions implement. Finally, we will explore and debate the underlying theories upon which political ideologies are based. Most students in this course choose to sit for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Government & Politics: United States. Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or above in US History, B or above in ADV US History, or an average of A- or above in 10th grade PATH courses, and permission of the department chair. All 1.00 Year 11,12
20 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC350-SY ADV US History This is a challenging survey course that provides students with the knowledge base and skills necessary to understand United States history. It is the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college course. The course curriculum covers U.S. History from the European discovery of America through the events of the late twentieth century. Students learn about the public policies and political events, social and economic changes, and cultural developments of this period. In addition to mastering the content of U.S. History, students also learn to analyze the events and issues of American history. Most students in this course choose to sit for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in U.S. History. Prerequisites: An average of A- or above in 10th grade PATH courses and permission of department chair. All 1.00 Year 11,12
21 emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM emi_charboneau 23/02/2024 09:11 PM Social Sciences SOC300-SY US History The course emphasizes the political, social, economic, cultural and geographical evolution of the United States. Students study the growth of the US and its emergence as a world leader. Students take part in class discussions, independent research, and thought-provoking projects. With an emphasis on analytical reading, writing, and thinking, the course requires students to critically assess the country's success at living up to its promise. Prerequisite: 6 trimesters of PATH electives. All 1.00 Year 11,12
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