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Welcome to the Individuals & Societies Department!

Brief Introduction 
Individuals & Societies, or Social Studies, is a core subject in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum at Thomas Edison High School.   IB curriculum gives all students the opportunity to participate in higher level, thematic-based classes.  In these classes students are able to explore and create in a way not found in the typical classroom.  

Individuals & Societies courses aim to promote an understanding of history where students are encouraged to comprehend the present by reflecting critically on the past. Students are further expected to understand historical developments at national, regional and international levels and learn about their own historical identity through the study of historical experiences of different cultures. One of the key goals of Individuals & Socieities courses is for students to develop an awareness that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of society requires and appreciation of such diversity.  

Courses
Economics (Grade 12)
Course Duration: Semester
Course Description: Students will study how people use their scarce resources to satisfy their needs and wants; gain practical information on budgeting, purchasing insurance, saving, and investing; and study America’s mixed economy, labor unions, and international trade.

Geography (Grade 9)
Course Duration: Year
Course Description:Students will gain an understanding of the cultural, political and spatial relationships of and between nations.

Government (Grade 12)
Course Duration: Semester
Course Description:Students will learn about the history of our political institutions, the political process, elections, the branches of government, and the rights and responsibility of citizens.

United States History (Grade 11)
Course Duration: Year
Course Description:Students will study events in United States history from European contact to present day, and engage in critical thinking and analysis.

World History (Grade 10)
Course Duration: Year
Course Description: Students will realize that the world contains many different cultures, nations, and ethnic groups; and learn about the historical events, figures, and cultures that have shaped the lives of people and nations.

Honors World History (Grade 10)
Course Duration: Year
Course Description: Students will conduct explorations into particular historic themes, concepts and events; gain an understanding of global trends in political and social history; analyze cause and effect situations; learn how to be critical consumers of history; read from both primary and secondary sources; and complete rigorous writing assignments and group projects.

IB HL 20th Century World Topics: History of the Americas *Please refer to the IB section, page 23, for course information.

IB SL 20th Century World Topics: History of the Americas *Please refer to the IB section, page24, for course information.

AP United States History (Grades 11-12)
Course Duration: Year
Course Description: Students will engage in an in-depth study of American History from European contact to present day; research, analyze and interpret historic events and themes through multiple perspectives using both primary and secondary sources; become critical consumers of history; and understand the cyclical nature of human events.

document Individuals & Societies MYP Curriculum   --  An overview of the MYP units for Individuals and Societies