Hist/SS

The foundation for the study of the social studies and history at Wayland Academy is designed to assist students in studying topics as seemingly disparate as economics and world history. It is evident in terms of content that these subjects are quite different and have their own peculiar demands.
  • Humanities - College Prep

    For grade 9 students. Introduction to Humanities is a year-long course that illustrates the connections between English and Social studies. Instead of meeting separately for World Civilizations and World Literature, students meet for two class periods in Humanities. The course begins with a study of early humans and understanding the language of “story” before moving through units in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. During these units the literature is informed by its historical context, and the history is informed by the particular culture’s stories. A major focus of the class is the development of writing skills, which culminates in the freshman capstone, a longer research paper. Students are assessed by their performance in class, writing assignments, weekly binder checks, and tests. Honors credit can be earned later in the year.
  • Cold War - College Prep

    Fall semester. Looks at how it influenced diplomacy, society, & economy of the US & the world from end of WW2 to present. Topics: nuclear expansion, cultural expression of tensions, rise of China, terrorism, Korea Peninsula & Mid East.Prerequisite: US History.
  • Comparative Government - Advanced Placement

    Offered spring semester. AP Comparative Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in comparative government and politics. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students cultivate their understanding of comparative government and politics through analysis of data and text-based sources as they explore topics like power and authority, legitimacy and stability, democratization, internal and external forces, and methods of political analysis.  Prerequisites: US History/AP US History and recommendation of teacher.
  • European History - Advanced Placement

    This course covers the same time period as the CP class (the Renaissance to the present), but at a much more vigorous level. Each subject is covered in less time, but with more detail. Consent of the instructor is a prerequisite for this course.
  • European History - College Prep

    European history from the Renaissance to the present day. Analyze political, economic, religious, social, intellectual & cultural history. Learn about major people, events, and ideas of modern European history.
  • European History Intensive - AP

    This is a spring semester course. Since the 15th century, Europe has exercised an influence in global affairs far out of proportion to their size, population, and resources.  In order to appreciate the impact of Europe, students must examine the development of European (and by extension Western) Civilization.  In addition to their global context, the religious, economic, political, and intellectual developments of Europe have shaped American history directly.  By studying the interactions of such a diverse group of nations, students learn to look at all sides of an issue, examining the motivations behind the actions of nations.  The interaction between social, political, economic, and intellectual history provides students with an understanding of the multiple forces that drive history.  This class is an intensive class meant to prepare students who have previously excelled at CP European History.  The focus will be on reviewing what was covered in the previous year and test preparation.  Successful completion of CP European History and approval of the instructor is required.
  • Jazz History

    This course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. It will examine jazz from its’ roots in the slave music of Congo Square all the way to the present day.  We will look at jazz styles and how they have evolved and/or regressed through the years. Different jazz musicians and their lives and styles of music are central to the study of jazz.  We’ll look at world events and culture and how they affect jazz.  We will do a lot of listening to jazz and studying its’ components and what makes it unique. Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music theory. Consent of the instructor.
  • Medieval European History - College Prep

    Fall semester. Study major themes and events of western European history between the fifth and the fifteenth centuries. The disintegration of the Roman world, the Carolingian Empire, the growing power of the Church.
  • Mindful Service CP

    This is one semester course is offered in the spring. It's an innovative and practical course in which students will simultaneously learn and experience the benefits of service learning and a consistent mindfulness practice.  The class is designed to introduce students to mindfulness and lead them in a daily practice that is uniquely designed with the intention to cultivate compassion.  With compassionate hearts, the students will research challenges in our community and ultimately design and implement a solution for the challenge.
     
  • Modern Middle East - College Prep

    Spring semester. This course will begin with some background on the Ottoman Empire and cover material into the present day. It will focus on the individual countries of the Middle East and how these countries have grown and developed since the end of the First World War and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Special attention will be paid to the quasi-imperialism of the Cold War era and its effect on the Middle East’s development. Each country will have its own unit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of US History.
  • Music History 1 - College Prep

    A one semester course offered in the fall which is considered both a history & fine arts credit. Ancient Music through Baroque Music. Composers, musical styles and techniques, the development of instruments, and the correlation between the musical world and the cultures and historical developments of each period are the focus for the class. Students are expected to take quizzes and exams on the material presented.
  • Music History 2 - College Prep

    A one semester course offered in the spring which is considered both a history & fine arts credit. Classical Music through Modern Music. Composers, musical styles and techniques, the development of instruments, and the correlation between the musical world and the cultures and historical developments of each period are the focus for the class. Students are expected to take quizzes and exams on the material presented. Prerequisite: Music History 1.
  • United States History - Advanced Placement

    Examine the political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, artistic and geographic relationship of events that have impacted the development of the nation. View movies/documentaries & read supplemental documents. Prereq: Consent of the instructor.
  • United States History - College Prep

    Study the colonial period to the present day. Examine the political, economic, religious, social and geographic relationship of the events that have impacted the development of the nation. View documentaries and read supplemental documents.
  • US Government and Politics - AP

    For grades 11 and 12. This course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States.  The course examines politically significant concepts and themes. We will be following the 2020 elections closely. Prerequisite: US History and consent of instructor.

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