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HISTORY Courses

1960s Arts and Culture
HSS118

This is an integrated arts/history/politics course about one of the most critical decades in United States history. We examine the 1960s, not just from a historical and political point of view, but also delve deeply into the cultures of the time period, primarily through the arts. There are extensive readings and intensive written assignments, including a substantial research paper, as well as arts-based projects.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

 

7/8 Humanities
HIS107,HIS108

This is a two-year program for 7th and 8th graders which integrates English Language Arts and Social Studies. Students learn about important social issues and work as a class to find ways to create a more peaceful and socially just world. We explore social studies through reading, writing, and literature. Students also learn developmentally appropriate language arts skills including expository, research, analytical, and creative writing. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a variety of arts-based projects, presentations, and performances.

Prerequisites: None

Ancient Greek and Roman History
HSS129

Description on File in Course Catalog

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

 

Civil Liberties and Political Rights
HSS122

This course is a study of the United States Constitution and its protection of civil liberties by looking at controversies surrounding freedom of expression, freedom of religion, discrimination and the rights of the accused. We will look at civil liberties and political rights internationally, and the concept of global freedom as experienced by individuals. Students will present and defend their positions on constitutional issues and precedents in essays, a documented research paper, class discussions, panel presentations, debates, and a simulated hearing.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

Comparative World Literature and History
HSS123

Let’s figure out what we have in common and what divides us so that we can unravel some of history's major schisms. In this course, students will be introduced to the study of world literature and history by taking a literary voyage to foreign lands. We will read literature from various countries and explore historical contexts. Our primary focus will be on works from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. While we read texts from different countries we will consider how culture, history, individuals, and the words themselves shape “worlds.”

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

 

Foreign Policy Politics and the Media
HSS102

This course is for students interested in developing a solid understanding of modern United States foreign policy, media culture and other political landmarks that have transformed the economic and political power structure of the United States. We will be taking an in-depth look at United States involvement in several 20th and 21st century world conflicts. We will also be looking at the effect of the media both mainstream and alternative on the intersection of United States politics and foreign policy. Emphasis will be on discussion/debate, and independent research.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

Foundations of Humanities
HIS003

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Holocaust Studies
HSS105

This course will explore the history of the Holocaust from its roots in Anti-Semitism through the present. Emphasis is on a serious discussion of the issues of genocide through a detailed examination of the history. Students will learn the why behind the events as well as the human reactions of the people. The course includes a substantial research paper as well as exploring some of the literature.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

Honors Globalization
HSS128

This course explores the phenomenon known as Globalization, and its effects upon the economies, environments, and peoples of the world. Students will begin by learning about the historical events and forces that gave rise to the Global economy. We will then move on to investigate some of Globalization’s key institutions and the ramifications of their policies - both good and bad - around the world. Students will then explore the effects of Globalization on First World/Third World relations, women and children, the environment, immigration and more. They will research various case studies before going on to learn about how people around the world are problem-solving and responding to Globalization's effects on their lives.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

 

Medieval Studies
HSS121

Description on File in Course Catalog

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

Rise & Fall of the Great Powers
HSS107

This course will explore the Rise of the Great Powers of Europe through the 19th and early 20th Century. We will begin with the Rise and Fall of Napoleon,the Industrial Revolution, the Revolutions of the mid 19th century, the Age of Imperialism through the beginning of the fall with World War I and and the aftermath with Communism and Fascism.

Prerequisites: HIS121,HIS122

 

Student Council
HIS123

Student Council consists of 3 elected representatives from each grade. Student Council reps will learn the following skills: facilitation and communication, delegation and management, collaborative teamwork, conflict resolution, peer mediation and leadership. Student Council representatives serve as an advisory to administration on school initiatives, lead grade and town hall meetings, sit on the PVPA Board of Trustees and participate in events outside of school hours, such as the Western MA Student Council Association, leadership trainings and representing PVPA as the face of the student body. Students interested in running for Student Council elections in May should select this course and if not elected will be placed in their 2nd or 3rd choice course. Seventh grade Student Council reps will join after their elections at the end of September. High school students will receive school service/community service credit for participation on Student Council.

Prerequisites: Election to Student Council

US History I
HIS119

Students will begin the semester by investigating how the Framers of the United States Constitution compromised on a number of important issues including slavery. The issue of slavery and abolition will continue to be a focal point as students learn about important events, organizations and individuals in the years leading up to and during the Civil War. In the final unit of the semester, students will evaluate whether the Reconstruction period was ultimately a success or a failure.

Prerequisites: None

 

US History II
HIS120

This course begins by asking the question, “How did the United States become the greatest economic power in the world?” Students will learn about important individuals, ideas and events during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. Students also explore how America’s growing economic power was influenced and affected by issues like Immigration and Westward Migration. The semester will conclude with an evaluation of America’s changing role in the world, as students examine America’s growing military power in the years surrounding the Spanish American War.

Prerequisites: HIS119

US History III
HIS121

This course introduces students to a variety of social and political events of 20th Century America. We begin our studies with a look at WW I, and how the "Great War": set the stage for things to come. We then investigate the postwar years and the cultural and economic explosion during the Roaring 20s, before moving on to learn from first hand accounts of the Great Depression and progressive vision of the New Deal. We then end with an exploration of the events, effects and aftermath of WWII, including the rise of Hitler and the decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan. Emphasis is equally distributed through cultural, political and economical perspectives and multiple social viewpoints. Because of the growing role of the media during this time period, this course allows for extensive use of oral history, television, Hollywood movies, newspaper footage, and musical recordings.

Prerequisites: HIS119,HIS120

 

US History IV
HIS122

This survey course will analyze the trends and events that shaped late 20th Century America and led to the world in which we currently live. It will cover the last half of the Twentieth Century, from the beginning of the Cold War through Vietnam, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War and 9/11. Students will also examine the continuing struggle for Equal Rights in American society. From the Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower through the Clinton years, the students will see how the United States has changed politically and culturally.

Prerequisites: HIS119,HIS120

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