History of the Holocaust and Genocide

Department: History and Social Science

Course Description: This course is a semester-long, in-depth study of the causes, course and consequences of the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives. From this study, students will gain an understanding of the framework and themes that will be repeated in acts of genocide in other countries and will use that knowledge to conduct individual research on other genocides including in the Congo, Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, Native America, Bosnia and Darfur.

Prerequisite: Completion of grade 11 history requirement and department approval. (Junior consideration with department approval). UC approved.

Interview with: Ms. Pianko

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Honors Modern International Affairs 

Department: History and Social Science

Course Description: The course (formerly International Issues & Public Policy) follows two tracks with the purpose of preparing students to excel in critical thinking and research. The first track is a seminar-style discourse on current events. Due to the variability of modern international affairs, the curriculum will change to cover international issues as they occur. In order to build skills to understand complicated international events students will be instructed in media literacy. Students will also use international news sources to examine events with diverse critical tools ranging from scholarly journals to books. The second track of the class works on developing research skills in order to write a college-level term paper. Students will choose their own international issues and write a policy analysis and proposal on that topic. During the semester, students will be instructed on research strategies and build skills to best leverage diverse resources. The end result of this track is a deeply researched original piece of scholarship. This class prepares students for the expectations of a seminar style class in college in addition to providing students with the experience of writing a college-level term paper.

Prerequisite: Completion of grade 11 history requirement and departmental approval. UC approved.

Interview with: Mr. Halback

Produced by: Arushi Saxena

Honors US History vs. AP US History

Department: History and Social Science

Course Description for Honors US History: his yearlong course is a survey of United States history from the pre-Columbian period to the present, with emphasis on the in-depth study of movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will use and interpret advanced primary and secondary sources to gain a deeper understanding of political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural history, and to develop analytical arguments by selecting and using applicable historical evidence to support claims. The course will also include regular research projects and presentations, including a long-form written research paper. Note: This course will not prepare students for the AP exam in U.S. History.

Course Description for AP US History: Intended to prepare students for the AP examination, this course requires a depth and breadth of study designed to challenge students. In AP U.S. History, each of the topics in the regular course is studied with a greater intensity, as the roots and impact of major social, political and economic trends are more closely examined. In addition to the discussion of content material, the mastery of analytical essay writing, the evaluation of primary source documents, historical research and daily student participation are emphasized.

Prerequisite: Completion of grade 10 history requirement and department approval. UC approved.

Interview with: Ms. Rees

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Western Political Thought and Philosophy

Department: History and Social Science

Course Description: This course introduces students to the intellectual history of Western Europe from the Greeks and late medieval thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas through 20th-century philosophers such as Nietzsche. It will focus on the ideas that inspired many of the political systems and movements that are the foundation of the modern western political world. It will also explore the relationship between intellectual history and the social, religious, cultural and economic movements and reforms that helped to shape and define European society. Primary sources will be used extensively and students will be asked to explore the ideas of such thinkers as Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Kant, Rousseau, Mill, Burke, Smith, Marx, Hegel and Freud.

Prerequisite: Completion of grade 11 history requirement or departmental approval. UC approved.

Interview with: Dr. Meyer

Produced by: Evan Cheng

World Religions and Philosophy

Department: History and Social Science

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the five major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam), along with other religious traditions such as Shamanism, Mysticism, Taoism, Confucianism and modern religious sects. Students will develop an appreciation for the cultural impact of those faiths on their respective societies.

Prerequisite: World History 1. UC approved.

Interview with: Dr. Meyer

Produced by: Evan Cheng