High School Social Studies Summer Offerings

    Laurel Springs' high school social studies summer offerings are designed to help students understand and engage with the world around them. These courses may include history, honors and American government, economics, sociology, and psychology along with more advanced coursework in courses such as AP World History and AP Micro/Macroeconomics. Students may explore past events, cultural diversity, and social structures to develop a deeper understanding of how societies function in both past and present.

    Social Studies

    • World History

      World History is a survey of the development of civilizations from prehistoric times to the present. The journey begins with ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, and the foundations of western civilization: ancient Greece and Rome. Students will analyze developments in Africa, Asia, and Europe during the Middle Ages, including the Crusades. Students will understand how the Renaissance and Reformation provided a springboard for the Age of Reason and the Scientific Revolution. An inquiry into events such as the American War of Independence and French Revolution will prepare students to consider the great advances and social upheaval sparked by the Industrial Revolution. Students will probe the causes, events, and consequences of the two world wars and the rise and fall of Communism. The course concludes with a look at developments shaping current events. Students will complete several essays and one research paper per semester.

      College Prep • UC Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors World History

      In Honors World History, students will study individual stories from specific societies to demonstrate how worlds that were separated by time and space converged, eventually resulting in today’s globalized world. Worlds apart, in other words, became worlds together. Societies with their own internal momentums were deeply influenced by other societies, states, and economies with which they interacted. This course will help students to impose order on the ways in which social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, and technological developments caused worlds apart to become worlds together, from c. 9000 BCE to the present.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • American History

      American History covers the discovery, development, and growth of the United States. Major topics include American Indian cultures, European colonization of the Americas, and the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Geographical, economic, and political factors are explored as the key factors in the growth of the United States of America. Part A is a survey of the struggle to build the United States of America from the colonial period to the beginning of the twentieth century. By means of reading, analyzing, and applying historical data, students come to appreciate the forces that shaped our history and character as an American people. Not only are the topics of American history discussed, but students also explore research methods and determine accurate sources of data from the past. Knowing the facts and dates of history are just the beginning: each student must understand how history affects him or her. Part B begins with a study of American life before the 1929 Stock Market crash and how the Roaring Twenties influenced society in the late 19th through early 20th centuries. Students will examine the causes and consequences of the Great Depression and move on into a detailed study of World War II with an emphasis on America's role in the conflict. The course continues with an analysis of the Cold War struggle and America's rise as a superpower. The Civil Rights and Women's rights movements, pollution and the environment, and American domestic and foreign policy will be examined. The course wraps up with a summary of current events and issues, including a study of the Middle East. Part B begins with an assessment of life in the United States pre‐World War I and ends with the conflicts of the new millennium. Students look at the nation in terms of economic, social, and political trends. The experiences of the last century are summarized, including a look into the civil rights issues that have embroiled the nation in conflict. The development of the United States of America into a superpower is explored within a global context.

      College Prep • UC Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors American History

      Honors American History is the study of the events, people, and culture of the United States over time. In Part A, you will learn about the history of the “New World” and review the events and principles behind the founding of the United States. Once founded, you will look at the initial growth and expansion of the United States up through the Civil War (The War of the Union) and the United States’ reconstruction after the war. In Part B, you will learn about the railroads and industry after the war (focusing on the south and the west). That brings us to the twentieth century and all the exciting events that occurred including both World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Korean War. Civil rights movements are also explored.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • American Government

      U.S. Government commences its examination of American democracy with a general overview of the purpose, types, origin, and formation of governments. Students will explore how colonial self-rule, English law, and weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation influenced the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Students will investigate the principles of the Constitution and the federal system. The purpose, powers, and relationships among the American institutions of self-government—Congress, Presidency, and the Judiciary—will be examined as well as federal, state, and local governments. Students will become aware of their civic responsibility to vote and participate in the governmental process as they gain understanding of the functions and organization of political parties, the evolution of the two-party system, and the influence of public opinion and political ideology on government decisions.

      College Prep • UC Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Honors American Government

      Honors U.S. Government commences its examination of the grand American experiment in democracy with a general overview of the purpose, types, origin, and formation of governments. Students will explore how colonial self-rule, English law, and weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation influenced the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Students will investigate the principles of the Constitution and the federal system. The purpose, powers, and relationships among the American institutions of self-government—Congress, Presidency, and the Judiciary—will be examined as well as federal, state, and local governments. Students will become aware of their civic responsibility to vote and participate in the governmental process as they gain understanding of the functions and organization of political parties, the evolution of the two-party system, and the influence of public opinion and political ideology on government decisions. Students will complete several essays and contribute to a wiki during this course. Honors Projects are incorporated into every unit in the course.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Economics

      The Economics course begins with a survey of the basic principles concerning production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services within the free enterprise system. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses, analyze the interaction of supply, demand, and price, and study the role of financial institutions. Types of business ownership, market structures, and basic concepts of consumer economics will be surveyed. The impact of a variety of factors including geography, government intervention, economic philosophies, historic documents, societal values, scientific discoveries, and technological innovations on the national economy, and economic policy will be an integral part of the course. Students will apply critical-thinking skills to create economic models and to evaluate economic activity patterns. Students will also examine the knowledge and skills necessary as self-supporting adults to make critical decisions relating to personal financial matters such as seeking college financial aid, using credit wisely, and balancing financial accounts. Students will complete a research project as part of their course.

      College Prep • UC Approved Elective • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Honors Economics

      The main goal of this course is to provide students with the tools needed to be able to make assessments about the economy. Topics include both macroeconomics and microeconomics. Students will be able to assess the news reports and make an individual analysis based on data and reports. It also covers topics on a larger scale such as market structures and international trade.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved Elective • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • AP® US History

      AP® United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance —American and national identity; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; culture and society; migration and settlement; geography and the environment; America in the World— provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

    • AP® US Government

      Students investigate key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study the structure of the Constitution throughout the course, as well as its implications for the functioning of government today. Other foundational documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and opportunities for research and civic action are key elements in this rich course that prepares students to be informed and active participants in U.S. society.

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

    • AP® Macroeconomics

      In this course, students establish the fundamentals of economics with a survey of scarcity, opportunity cost, supply, demand, and market equilibrium. They then zoom out to the largest scale of economic analysis, learning the indicators of whole countries’ economic health, specifically gross domestic product, unemployment, and price level. With that foundation, the rest of the course looks at fiscal and monetary policies, their consequences, and the basics of international trade and the foreign exchange market. Besides being intentionally prepared for the AP® Exam, students will gain a much deeper understanding of the world around them, the roles that government and banks play in an economy, and the economic outcomes generated by their policy decisions.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Elective • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

    • AP® Microeconomics

      In this course, students explore the power of marginal thinking and apply it to common decisions that individuals and business firms encounter each day. Students examine, interpret, analyze, and model key microeconomics concepts and processes, from the shifting supply and demand for familiar products to the model of the labor market and how wages are determined. This rich course provides students with all the material and practice needed for success on the AP Exam. Yet, this is just the beginning—in the long run, taking AP® Microeconomics will develop the critical thinking and analytical skills that empower students for a lifetime.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Elective • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

    • AP® Human Geography

      AP® Human Geography introduces high school students to college-level introductory human geography or cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction. Students also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

    • AP® Psychology

      Immerse yourself in the scientific study of human behavior and cognition. Learn about notable figures and psychological studies. Investigate scientific methods and ethical considerations related to human and animal research. In this college-level course, you will learn about and apply important terms, concepts, and phenomena associated with each major area of psychology and enhance your critical thinking skills. Topics include the biological bases of psychology, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Elective • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

    • AP® World History

      In AP® World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

      This course is taught at the college level. Major differences between a regular high school history course and a college-level history course is the greater amount of reading and the depth of focus that is found in the college-level course. Moreover, the AP curriculum demands higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Thus, students are frequently required to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources, in addition to comprehending, memorizing, and applying facts.

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Social Science • NCAA Approved Social Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

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