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Geography (TSam)

This course will be exploring how the physical features of the earth, population settlement patterns, human activities, customs, and traditions contribute to defining a place, a culture, and people. Students will examen how the land, features, people, and cultures of the world affect the social, political, and economic character of nations and regions.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Social Psychology – HS only (TSam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Social Psychology

In the study of this science, you will consider individual human behavior in relation to the social environment. The power of the situation, other individuals, and the social group are examined. Emphasized topics include aggression, prejudice and stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, attitudes, and attitude change, conformity, group phenomena, cultural norms, personal perception, and social cognition.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments

Mini Project

Global Current Events (TSam)

Information and how it is shared is so important. The need to be informed of news in your local community, county, city, state, and country as a whole is (in its basic terms) the main way people can stay connected. In this class, we will learn what makes the news, how information is distributed, and who makes the tough decision on what is covered on the local news, printed newspapers, and national and international websites.

We will also take the opportunity to learn about stories from new places and stories that the mainstream media thinks is not important enough to cover. Also, we will find time to uncover news from lesser-known places and understand the things they encounter on a daily basis.

This course will involve reading and answering questions about the content of each story. Students will have the opportunity to locate and present articles that interest them and relate the information to the class. There will be time to discuss things we discover and find interesting.

 

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States – American History (HS Only) (TSam)

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY)

  • American History

The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America.

Beginning with pre-Revolutionary America and moving into the movement for Black lives and contemporary Indigenous activism, Afro-Indigenous historian Kyle T. Mays argues that the foundations of the US are rooted in anti-blackness and settler colonialism and that these parallel oppressions continue into the present. He explores how Black and Indigenous peoples have always resisted and struggled for freedom, sometimes together, and sometimes apart. Whether to end African enslavement and Indigenous removal or eradicate capitalism and colonialism, Mays shows how the fervor of Black and Indigenous peoples’ calls for justice have consistently sought to uproot white supremacy.

Mays uses a wide array of historical activists and pop culture icons, “sacred” texts, and foundational texts like the Declaration of Independence and Democracy in America. He covers the civil rights movement and freedom struggles of the 1960s and 1970s and explores current debates around the use of Native American imagery and the cultural appropriation of Black culture. Mays compels us to rethink both our history as well as contemporary debates and to imagine the powerful possibilities of Afro-Indigenous solidarity.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Cinema (HS Only) (Year long) (TSam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

The film industry has been a constant element that was created to express the ideas of others. Through film, we can see deep ideas from people whose expressions can capture moments from the past looking into the future. While it’s hard to see every film that has ever been made, we can center ourselves around so many elements of several movies and experience a connection that surpasses both time and space. In the class, we will participate in watching films from a large number of different styles and use those moments to expand our knowledge of these amazing selections of work. There will be in-class discussions along with essay writing (group project) to help us convey our thoughts and stretch our thinking.

Mature Themes: Words and images can be inappropriate for some students.

Podcasting & AV Club (con’t) (TSam)

Podcasting has now become one of the coolest ways to acquire information in the present, digital age. While traveling, exercising, or relaxing; your average person is usually tuned into their favorite show. Recently, the popularity of podcasts took to new heights with the deep interest in shows like True Crime, and other mystery-based, story-led programs. Whether you’re into listening to podcasts or always wanted to create your own, this is the class for you.

Also, this class will double as a space for our new starting Audio/Visual Club! The purpose of this club is to help create a new culture around filming our school events while keeping our audio (and other video effects) in great working order. This club will be a starting point for a permanent need in our community. We will learn/enhance our skills in camera work, audio sourcing, mixing, and making sure lighting and other visual needs are being met on a high level.

(Limited to 8 students, max)

 

International Economics (MS & HS) (TSam)

This class aims to provide students with functional knowledge of economics, so they may become informed consumers, producers, and citizens in today’s world. Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, and governments make decisions about the use of scarce resources in a world of unlimited wants and needs. This is done at both the microeconomic level and the macroeconomic level, both of which will be examined in detail. At the microeconomic level, students will investigate the smaller units of the economy and individual firms and markets. In macroeconomics, students will study the global economy and economics of nations and governments as they attempt to foster growth and stability. The course is useful in helping students acquire many life skills, including personal financial literacy, and in establishing a foundation for a more advanced study of economics.

 

Understanding World Religion – Debunking Western Ideas (HS Only) (TSam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

World Religions is a Social Studies course that will examine religion through a historical, social, political, and economic lens. Students will understand the connections between religion and society, and the many ways these two ideas are intertwined. By looking at both the origins of religion and our modern world, students will have a fuller understanding of the beliefs, culture, and conflicts surrounding the religions of the world.

Note: This class is not a class to bash or talk down about other religious groups, but rather a class to dialogue and deepen our understanding of what these groups were intended to be and do for others around the world.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments

Mini Project

 

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Art & Aesthetics (TSam)

One of the many forms of expression, Art, is expressed in a variety of mediums. In this class, I want to explore the idea of what makes something art. How do we look at different pieces and express the deeper meaning behind them? We will study the people who have made huge influences and current artists who are stretching the medium in many different directions. Let’s get into great conversations about the things we experience and do some creating of our own while pushing ourselves to build new skills!

Note: This class is for those who have a need to make art, both analog and digital style. Please feel free to bring your art notebooks, and art tools along with your digital devices as well.