The purpose of the history and social science curriculum at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech is to provide students the knowledge, skills, and judgment to make responsible and just decisions as citizens of this nation and to understand world issues.
Students study history, geography, economics, and civics and government to help understand and place in perspective the people, ideas, and events that have shaped our state, nation, and the world. Mastery of the methods of history and social sciences ensures students’ ability to apply this knowledge.
A balanced curriculum ensures that students understand the underlying values, principles, and operation of the United States constitutional democracy so that they may become better informed and responsible citizens. The social studies curriculum provides exposure to the traditions and values of other cultures so that students may better understand people and events around the world.
The curriculum also instructs students in the skills of debate, discussion, writing, research, and data interpretation so that they can form reasonable opinions on issues affecting their lives. Furthermore, it provides students a foundation for continuing education in history and the social sciences.
U.S. History I:
Beginning with the American Revolution and continuing through the Reconstruction Period in post Civil War America, students will analyze the social, political, economic, and military implications of the decisions made by our government and its leaders. Analyzing the effects of previous decisions and their subsequent consequences enable students to better understand the nations prior successes and failures, better equipping them with the ability to analyze current issues impacting our nation.
U.S. History II:
Beginning in the Gilded Age of American history and continuing through towards the present day, students will analyze the social, political, economic and military implications of the decisions made by our government. Enhancing their knowledge of past decisions will lead to a greater understanding of our nation’s successes and failures, better preparing our students for the choices our country must make today.
World History I:
Students study the development of world civilizations after the fall of the Roman Empire. They will examine the important political, economic and religious developments in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South and Central America. Students study the development of democratic, scientific secular thought, major events in world history and lasting effects of the exploration.
World History II:
Students study the rise of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They will study the origins and the consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reforms in Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They will examine the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Students will also study the rise of nationalism and the continuing political, ethnic, and religious conflicts in many parts of the world.
Introduction to Sociology:
This course covers several topics dealing with the study of society. Students develop their sociological imagination, allowing them to apply sociology to the real world. Students explore their own culture as well as the culture of others. Other topics of study include adolescence, family, social problems, and crime and punishment.
This course studies the history of Old Dartmouth, which became New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet, and Westport. It also includes the study of geography of the area along with many of the events that have influenced the region. The course will include the study of the invasion of Bedford Village, the Indian Wars, the trial of Lizzie Borden, the whaling industry, and the industrial revolution.
This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the biological foundations of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.
This course covers topics which include sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, workers compensation, social security, taxes, permits, licenses, insurance, and retirement systems. The course covers tables, calculations, and necessary mathematical skills to maintain the record keeping aspect of a small business. Emphasis is placed on mastery of percentages, reading and using tables, and using basic formulas.
Honors U.S. History I:
This course, which has a curriculum similar to Freshman CP United States history, begins with the American Revolution and continues through the Reconstruction period in post Civil War America. Students will analyze the social, political, economic, and their subsequent consequences will enable students to better understand the nation’s prior successes and failures, better equipping them with the ability to analyze current issues impacting our nation. The course emphasizes writing, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and articulate discussions of challenging materials, both within the traditional classroom setting and independently at home. This course is offered to students who have demonstrated advanced skills in reading and writing on the placement test.
Honors U.S. History II
This course, which has a curriculum similar to Sophomore CP United States History II, begins with the Post Reconstruction Era and continues through Post Vietnam-America. Students will analyze the social, political, economic, and military implications of the decisions made by our government and its leaders. Analysis of the effects of previous decisions and their subsequent consequences will enable students to better understand the nation’s prior successes and failures, better equipping them with the ability to analyze current issues impacting our nation. The course emphasizes writing, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and articulate discussions of challenging materials, both within the traditional classroom setting and independently at home. This course is offered to students who have successfully completed Honors U.S. History I or have been recommended for placement by their teachers.