Social Studies

Social Studies includes several courses at AFA including, World History, U.S. History, Economics, Political Science and Geography. The state of Minnesota requires that a high school student complete 3.5 credits of Social Studies for graduation.

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At AFA students gain a variety of academic skills, such as research, writing, reading comprehension, compare and contrasting opposing viewpoints, map skills, among many others through the different courses. Social Studies lessons are interdisciplinary that involve other subjects and the goal is to promote an awareness of other cultures, societies and history of people throughout the world. Students will also gain civic skills and responsibilities of a citizen throughout the variety of courses offered.

 

Courses

Economics: 
This course is an introductory level course that covers topics in both micro and macro Economics. Students will develop skills that will help them in Economics, such as budgeting, reading charts and graphs, using data to make informed decisions and calculating interest. Students will use real world simulations to increase their awareness and experience in Economics, such as developing a product to sell for a profit. Students will also explore Economics from a government level by studying different economics systems and their impact on a country.

Government: 
This Political Science course is worth 0.5 credits, split into two quarters and will focus on the American Government and its interaction with other countries.  This course will study the origins of government, the constitution, operations of government, and the voting process.  This course is designed to be challenging and a preparatory course for higher education.  Therefore, students will be asked to develop opinions and support their opinions with facts and evidence.  Students will follow current events and focus on the 2016 presidential election.  Students will also be required to volunteer within a campaign or a get out the vote drive.

African American History: 

World History & Geography: 
World History is a full year course worth 1 credit that and will examine a variety of realms: Afro-Eurasia, Latin America, Early rise of complex societies, 5 major religions, geography,ect. I truly believe that examining our world in relation to diverse perspectives is crucial,especially because our world is becoming increasingly interconnected economically, politically, and socially. The hope is that each of you will obtain a solid foundation in content as well as skills in researching, note taking, analyzing primary and secondary sources, making inferences, generalizing, drawing conclusions, and presenting knowledge. Ideally, you will gain an understanding of the integration of political, economic, philosophical, social and geographical elements in world history.