- This course aims to give you the knowledge and skills you will need to prepare you for College level courses in Psychology in the future, but also to help guide you in important decisions and attitudes that can help you in your own life. Some students have tested out of General Psychology in college after proving that they had the content knowledge. Also a few students have scored high enough on the College Psychology CLEP Exam for college credit after successfully taking this course.
- Is a one semester course designed to give the student a working knowledge of Sociology. Why do people do what they in groups? How come behavior is adjusted according to what group you are in? Why do people choose to align themselves with a group? What is "Group Think" and "Bystander Effect". Did you know that that larger the group of people, the less likely someone is to help a person obviously in distress? If you don't believe, why not try it out for yourself? We utilize group projects to measure many sociological aspects of VCHS - the answers may surprise you!
- It is the scientific study of human social behavior. As the study of humans in their collective aspect, sociology is concerned with all group activities: economic, social, political, and religious. Why is their crime? Why are some geographic areas more susceptible to crime? What can we do as a society to change this...or can it be changed at all....or should it? Some sociologists would argue it is neccessary to have crime an violence in society! Many others, however, disagree with that theory. You will also get married! Yes...I said that. Of course you will have a first date to get to know each other, but multiple sociological and cultural differences may make it difficult to to get through the first 5 years of marriage. Also, the types of marriages will be discussed, as well as alternative lifestyles, (Amish, Polygamy, Same Sex Marriage) in the United States and in other parts of the world. Is Single-hood the newest alternative lifestyle? Do people have a responsibility to marry and reproduce...or are we following a map from an ancient set of rules? Do people who are religious live longer? These and many questions will be explored and answered with multiple sociological theories.
- Sociologists study such areas as criminology, bureaucracy, community, deviant behavior, family, public opinion, social change, social mobility, social stratification, and such specific problems as crime, divorce, child abuse, and substance addiction. Sociology tries to determine the laws governing human behavior in social contexts.
- This one semester course explores the choices and decisions that people make about how to use the world’s limited resources. The goal of this course is to equip the student with knowledge that is strongly rooted in economic principles so that he or she will be able to differentiate between economic choices, scarcity and the basic rules of different types of economies. Additionally, students will learn what they would need in order to survive independently in today' economy, the opportunity costs that they will make, and the results of all of these economic decisions.
- The difference between Macro and Micro Economics, how interest rates work, (and how they can work with you or against you!),Why is it good to have a credit card - and why it can also be a cause of financial ruin! The importance of managing personal finances and planning for ones future financial security. Discussion of the U.S. Economic Cycles and comparative Economies around the world. Finally students will be creating their own business in a partnership with another student and will have to go through all the stages one has to go through in order to create a business in the local area. Many V.C. students have created several successful businesses in the Montgomery Area - reaching out to them to help some potential entrepreneurs fulfill their business goals.
All of these courses are One (1) Semester Courses which means that it is approximately twenty (20) weeks long. There is a Mid-term Project at the five (5) weeks mark , Mid-term Exam at the ten (10) week mark and a Final Exam at the culmination of the course.
Students can access the website for announcements, homework assignments, study guides, missed notes, handouts, online tests, and updates. This year many tests will be given and scored online in order to ensure teacher neutrality. Essays and Projects will be scored according to rubrics but also subjectively in reference to the student's individuality.
Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions or concerns. Due to the nature of teaching, it is easier for me to respond to any questions or discuss your child via email. I check it multiple times per day and always check it when I go home at the end of the day as well.
I can be reached by phone at: (845) 457-2400 extension 19355
Post Session Availability: Tues through Friday in Room 145. (Mondays are Meetings.)