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Social Studies Department



John Morgando (dual enrollment)

jmorgando@kaolaz.org


Jennifer Perea

jperea@kaolaz.org


Michael Suchowierski (dual enrollment)

msuchowierski@kaolaz.org






Courses Offered:


World History/World Geography 

This course will be studied through various means including linking history to present day, historical simulations which allow students to “live” history, visualize history through illustrations, maps, photos, charts and videos and comprehending the big picture of history through rigorous study and questioning.  The five themes of geography – location, place, human/environment interaction, movement and region – will be integrated into the study of history taking specific notice on how world geography has changed due to historical events.  Students will analyze the human experience through time, recognize relationships of events and people and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in world history.  In addition, students will analyze locations, regions, and spatial connections, recognizing the natural and cultural processes that impact the way in which people and societies live and interact with each other and their environment.  


Honors World History/Geography

This course acts as a preparatory course for students interested in the dual credit social studies track. It will provide students with an overview of world geography, but may vary widely in the topics it covers.  Topics typically include the physical environment, the political landscape, the relationship between people and the land, economic production and development, and the movement of people, goods, and ideas.  Additionally, students will be provided with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments.


U. S. History – Early   

U. S. History, from prehistory to the post-Civil War era, will be studied through various means including linking history to present day, primary sources, and a comprehensive study of the significant events that have shaped our nation.

Students will analyze the human experience through time, recognize how events and people are related, and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas and beliefs in American History.  Students will utilize primary sources and literature to study the lives of the past and the events that shaped our American culture.  


Dual Enrollment History of the United States 1 (HIS 131)

This MCC course contains a survey of the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States with emphasis placed on historical events, people and movements that impacted American society.  


U. S. History – Modern (1865 to Present)

U. S. History from 1865 to present day, with a focus on Arizona history, will be studied through various means including linking history to present day, historical simulations, visualizing history through the use of charts, graphs, maps and illustrations, and a comprehensive study of significant events that have shaped and will continue to shape our nation.  Students will analyze human experience through time, recognize the relationships of events and people, and interpret significant patterns, themes, beliefs and ideas in American history.  Geography will be studied with respect to the changing/growing nation.  


Dual Enrollment History of the United States 2 (HIS 132)

The MCC course is a continuation of the survey of the United States history from the period of reconstruction to the present day.  


Civics and Economics

This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to be informed and responsible citizens and consumers.  Curriculum will be presented through historical simulations, interpreting charts and graphs, rigorous study and research, and appropriate multimedia presentations.  The students will study the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions, the organization of the three branches of government, the foundations of economics and how government and economics are so closely tied together. 

Dual Enrollment American National Government (POS 120)

This MCC course is a survey of the United States government, including the Constitution; political parties and elections; pressure groups; Congress, the President, and bureaucracy; courts; civil rights and liberties; and foreign affairs


Resource Social Studies 

This class is designed for students who need basic knowledge of World Geography/World History or U. S. History.  Students will study the basic concepts covered in the regular academic class, with adjustments made in depth of material covered, level of difficulty and class pace.  The course is designed for those students identified as special needs in reading and/or written language.