International Relations (10-12 Elective)

This course will offer historical perspective and modern-day analysis of the relations between the United States and countries around the world. Students will look at how decisions regarding foreign policy are made and the rivalries that result from these decisions. Students will also analyze how global conflict is managed including military and humanitarian concerns. Finally, students will look at problems faced in the 21st Century and potential solutions to those problems.

Prerequisite: U.S. History
CREDIT: 0.5 credit

Next year offered 2018-2019 (2-year rotation)

Psychology (11-12 elective)
This course will cover the scientific study of human beings. Psychology attempts to identify biological, social, and environmental factors, which help describe, explain, predict and control behavior. Topics covered include the brain and nervous system, learning, thinking, memory, emotion, social psychology, personality, conflict, emotional and behavioral problems (such as anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, etc.) and psychotherapy.
CREDIT: 0.5 credit

U.S. Studies – Grade 7 – Offered every year
United States history with a secondary emphasis on citizenship and government enhanced with economics and geography content. Students learn about people, issues and events of significance to this nation’s history from 1800 to the current era of globalization. They examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance structure. Students study civics and economic principles in depth, drawing connections between these disciplines and history to explain the impact of various policies on how people lived, worked and functioned in society. They create and use detailed maps of places in the United States and conduct historical inquiry on a topic in the nation’s history.

Global Studies – Grade 8 – Offered every year
This course covers geography as the lead discipline with secondary emphasis on contemporary world history. Students explore the regions of the world. They analyze important trends in the modern world such as demographic change, shifting trade patterns, and intensified cultural interactions due to globalization. Students participate in civic discussion on contemporary issues, conduct historical inquiry and study events over the last half century that have shaped the contemporary world. They analyze connections between revolutions, independence movements and social transformations, and understand reasons for the creation of modern nation states. They learn that governments are based on different political philosophies and serve various purposes. By learning economic principles of trade and the factors that affect economic growth, students understand why there are different standards of living in countries around the world.

World Geography 9/10 – Offered every other year.
NOTE: This is a required course for 9th or 10th grade students. This course will be “web-enhanced” or “online” but will be taught and facilitated at PACT by the classroom instructor.
The purpose of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live so that they, in turn, can better understand the culture in which they live. Students will learn about the physical as well as the human geography of various regions in the world, including the United States. They will use the information that they gather to draw conclusions and make inferences about major geographic issues that are facing various countries and regions.
CREDIT: 1.0 credit.

Government Systems 11/12 – (2 year rotation)
NOTE: This is a required course for 11th or 12th grade students.
This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the origins and history of our national and state governments, as well as their structure and how they function. Issues surrounding individual freedoms will be explored, including a study of the American legal system and how it functions. Students will learn about a citizen’s responsibility and duty to participate in government.

Prerequisites: Geography and US History
CREDIT: 0.50 credit

Career and Technical Exploration - Offered every year
NOTE: This is a required course for 9th grade students.
Among other topics, this course will offer curriculum related to career exploration; post-secondary preparation; college entrance test prep; and job search, attainment and retention skills (resume, interview, work ethics). The Minnesota Career Information System and Career field speakers will be integrated.
CREDIT: 0.5 credit

Civil/Constitutional Law (9-12 elective)

This course allows students to study past and current Supreme Court cases by analyzing the interpretations of the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Students will read, discuss and evaluate the majority and minority opinions in their historical settings and perspectives. In units dealing with civil law, students will apply legal principles to the problems of the individual, business and society. The rights and liabilities of individuals in everyday activities will be covered.

CREDIT: 0.5 credit

Next year offered 2018-2019 (2-year rotation)