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    Social Studies

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    Lucas Beal
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
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    Mark Belkofer
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    mbelkofer@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Colin Curtis
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    ccurtis@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Kevin Dickson
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
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    Michelle Flanigan
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    mflanigan@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Charles Hottensmith
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    chottensmith@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Teresa Newlands
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    tnewlands@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Grant Relic
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    grelic@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Julie Schmieder
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    jschmieder@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Melissa Wojtala
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    mwojtala@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Joseph Yarwood
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    jyarwood@bcsoh.org
     
     
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    Melanie Zvara
    Brunswick High School
    Teacher Social Studies
    mzvara@bcsoh.org
     
     
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Course Offerings

  • Course content subject to change based on the need to prepare students for the Ohio Graduation Test.

    The graduation requirements from Brunswick High School must include three credits in Social Studies. Students need to take America and the World III & IV and American Government. The student planning to attend the Medina County Career Center must have earned 2 credits of Soc.Studies in the 9th & 10th grades.

     

    410AMERICA& THE WORLD III (1 CR.) L-2

    This course involves a topical study of the revolutionary movements and the resulting new forms of government created (ex: The Enlightenment, French Revolution, Russian Revolution). The interactions of people, the environment and economics will be examined through an in-depth study of both US and world industrialization. Conflict and cooperation between various cultures will be examined throughout the course and emphasized during the period of world imperialism. The domestic and international causes and consequences of World War I will be addressed. Domestic and International issues of the 1920s will be addressed. This course is designed to prepare students to take the Ohio Graduation Test in Social Studies.

     

    420AMERICA& THE WORLD IV (1 CR.) L-2

    Prerequisite: Am.& The World III

    This course involves a chronological study of the history of the United States and the world from the 1930s until the present day. This course incorporates history, government, and economics as well as the investigation of the interactions of people in societies and the practical applications of social studies skills such as evaluation of sources and the presentation of supported arguments. By analyzing domestic and international events, students will be able to assess the interconnectedness of the 20thand 21stcentury world. This course is designed to prepare students to take the Ohio Graduation Test in Social Studies.
     

    434 SOCIOLOGY (1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12

    Sociology is the study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions and development of human society. Areas covered are the science of sociology, culture and society, socialization and personality, deviant behavior, family roles, impact of minority groups and collective behavior. Students will gain a working vocabulary and understanding of mans diverse behaviors.

     

     

    436 PSYCHOLOGY (1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12

    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior  

    This course covers everything that people think, feel and do. It explores the theories that describe human behavior, learning and cognitive processes and maintaining good mental health. Main topic areas include personality development, the psychology of abnormal behavior, psychological research and statistics, patterns of learning, memory, altered states of consciousness and psychological development across the life span.

     

    Prerequisite for Advanced Placement Courses

    AP United States History, AP European History & AP American Government -

    Approval by AP Social Studies committee,A or B in current or last social studies course, A or B in college or enriched English, summer assignments will be required, and an application. Applications must be in by the established due date.

     

    438 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY (1 CR.) L-4 10,11

    The AP U.S. history course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S.history from the early explorers of the New World through the present day. The course prepares students for college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full year introductory college courses. Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability and importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The AP U.S. history course will allow students to develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. All papers must be typed. A notebook will be required. Summer assignments may be required. This course is aligned with the College Board Standards for Advanced Placement courses.

     

    440 AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (1 CR.) L-4 12

    Prerequisite: Am.& Wld. III (9), Am.& Wld. IV (10)

    This course encompasses the study of European history since 1450 and introduces students to cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. The goals of the AP European history course are to develop: a) an understanding of some of the principle themes in modern European history, b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing. All papers must be typed. A research paper is required. This course is aligned with the College Board Standards for Advanced Placement courses.

     
    443 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:FEDERAL/STATE/LOCAL(1stSEM. 1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12

    In the government course, students will use knowledge of the purposes, structures and processes of political systems at the local, state, national and international levels to understand that people create systems as structures of power and authority to provide order, maintain stability and promote general welfare. Major topics include government participation, rules and laws, and the roles of government. This course is aligned with the Ohio State Standards for social studies instruction.

     

    444 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (2ndSEM. 1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12

    Prerequisite: Government: Federal/State/Local

    This course builds on the foundations of the government course by focusing on the current domestic and foreign policy issues facing the United States. Topics include citizenship rights and responsibilities, the interaction of government, groups, the economy and the environment. This course is aligned with the Ohio State Standards for social studies instruction.

     

    449 ECONOMIC THEORY (1/2 CR.) L-3 11,12

    In the economic theory course, students will use economic reasoning skills and knowledge of major economic concepts, issues and systems in order to make informed choices as producers, consumers, workers, investors and citizens in an interdependent world. Topics to be discussed include scarcity and resource allocation, production, distribution and consumption, markets, government fiscal and monetary policy and personal financial investments. This course is aligned with the Ohio State Standards for social studies instruction. Cumulative GPA 3.0 required.

     

    450 AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (1/2 CR.) L-4 11,12

    This course is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the U.S. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S.politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with various institutions, groups beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S.politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. After completing this course, students will know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S.government and politics; they will understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences; they will be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S.government and politics. Term papers must be typed. This course is aligned with the College Board Standards for Advanced Placement courses.