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History Electives

H409 | CP | African American History
This course begins with an exploration of the roots of African American culture in the traditions and institutions of African societies. The evolution of African American institutions as well as the contributions and influence of black politicians, scientists, authors, teachers will be explored. Later coursework transitions into mid twentieth century history including the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, and other major eras with emphasis on current events that relate to particular topics. You will be required to read historical documents, take notes, write historical essays and complete at least one historical research paper. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H419 | CP | Black American Experience (Honors Option)
This course will examine the study of Black Americans from a thematic approach. Four units will be addressed. The course begins with an examination of Black culture. Students will begin to think about: What defines Black culture? How has Black culture been shaped by external factors? How has it influenced the wider culture? Students will study speeches and written work that address issues of race, oppression and perseverance. The second unit explores Black Music over time stemming from Slave Work Songs to Hip Hop culture. Students will analyze and research the origin of the music and its impact. The third unit will analyze Race, Reform and the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s-70s from the South to the North. The third unit will emphasize black political and social leadership from the Civil Rights Movement to today. Students will evaluate how Black leadership has changed over time. Students will also examine changes taking place in South Boston, MA in relation to mandated busing and the reaction. The final unit focuses on Blacks in Media. Students will compare and contrast the roles Blacks play in various television programs and films. The course will culminate with an independent project. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H410 | HN | Cultural Anthropology
This course studies how we socially construct our worlds, introduces us to new and different ways of living, and helps us to become informed and responsible citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. The overarching question focuses on what it means to be human and also explores how individual and group choices affect the larger society, how cultural expressions humanity are developed and valued, how those cultural characteristics shape everyday lives, and how power, equity, and difference shape social structures and relations. The major units study culture, race/ethnicity, language, economics, gender, marriage and family, people with disabilities, and the arts. Case studies are drawn from film and from situations in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Students write frequent reflection essays, engage in discussions and in-class projects, and conduct an anthropological study that culminates in a major written and oral presentation. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H407 | CP | Criminal Justice
This course offers a “hands on” approach to legal realities encountered in and out of courtroom situations, as you study criminal matters involving persons and property within the U.S. legal system. Students will examine and analyze various cases ranging from the Miranda v. Arizona, Furman v. Georgia to a few current cases coinciding with previously established Criminal Law units. Students will learn to apply legal terms to real-life cases examined. Students will engage in cooperative learning activities that augment critical thinking skills, lending itself to meaningful discussion. Students will meet with various professionals in law-related work. Students will develop skills in persuasive and reflective writing. Research assignments, including the construction of a formal paper and projects on various law related topics, are required. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H404 | CP | Civics (Honors Option)
This course offers students an opportunity to explore and understand the principles and challenges of democratic government. We will learn how the United States government operates and analyze politics and current media. We will speak with local leaders, politicians, and activists to see how the major current events of our times impact our community, nation, and world. Students will also learn and practice the civic skills they need to effectively participate in our democracy, including how to effectively engage policy makers; how to speak and write persuasively on public issues, and how to engage in respectful civil discourse. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H416 | CP | Racial and Cultural Identities (Honors Option)
This course is a critical forum for the study of identity, culture, and race, especially as they pertain to education and academic achievement in the United States. Through substantial reading assignments and reflective writing assignments, students will explore their own personal identity development and examine their beliefs, assumptions, and understandings about identity, culture, and race. Students will also gain awareness and empathy for “others’” identity development through ample class discussion time, simulations, and small-group projects. In the final part of the course, students will complete an original independent project to be showcased as part of an end-of-year symposium that applies the political, social, cultural, historical, economic, and power dynamics they have studied throughout the semester. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help students view academic achievement as the basis for a positive identity. Students will complete a collaborative, public project as a required performance of understanding in this course. Length: One semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H414 | HN Model United Nations
The Model UN course is designed to provide an orientation to the function of the United Nations, as well as providing an introduction to international diplomacy. This course will include current events, pressing international issues, the basics of international law, and some of the protocol and procedures of UN diplomacy. The class will assist students in preparing for their role as a diplomat at the National Model United Nations conference in New York and the Harvard Model United Nations in Boston. Membership to Model UN Club is not a requirement but strongly encouraged. New students to CRLS can email Dean Milner directly. Length: Only offered Semester One; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: All grades can enroll, but approval of Dean and/or teacher is needed.

H415: Leadership and Community Action-STARs
The STARs course is designed to provide students with a comfortable arena to discuss, debate and honestly confront contemporary issues affecting their lives. Topics include cultural diversity, global awareness, healthy relationships, personal identity, school and community culture and climate, stereotyping, substance use, teen violence and teen wellness. Students will receive leadership and issues training opportunities so that they can work as peer educators in the high school and the elementary and upper schools. As a part of this class, students will learn the skills to create and implement a unique project that shows their understanding of the course content and highlights their interests and ideas. In addition to their work in classrooms, the STARs conduct awareness campaigns and host, organize, and design school wide assemblies and conferences. As members of the STARs program, students are expected to uphold the school motto and reinforce attitudes and behaviors that promote awareness, equity and student engagement. Grades: 11,12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2, or AP US History and prior approval of the STARs Teacher.

H403 | HN | Psychology
Psychology is an introductory course in the study of human behavior and mental processes. In this course students will learn to think like a psychologist as they become critical evaluators of psychological research. Topics of study cover the history and evolution of the field of psychology through eight psychological perspectives: Biological, Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, Humanistic, Cognitive, Social, Evolutionary, and Abnormal. Students will study the major contributors, key theories, research methods, therapies, and criticisms of each psychological perspective. Throughout this course, students will draw connections between their own lives and the psychological theories they are learning in order to better understand their own thoughts, behaviors, and interactions with people and the world around them. This course is similar to college level introductory psychology course. It is a lecture based broad overview of the field. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and U.S. History 2 or AP US History

H406 | CP | Sociology
This course offers students an introduction to the study of sociology with a focus on the role of social institutions and social forces in creating and maintaining social inequality or inequity in the United States. Using an introductory sociology textbook, various forms of media, and numerous sociological articles, students will have the opportunity to learn some of the basic principles behind the science of sociology and its application to the community around them. The course will culminate with a comprehensive research project and presentation in which students apply their learning to their community. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H405 | CP Constitution Law
Students in this course will understand the relevance of the U.S. Constitution through the examination of Supreme Court cases involving the rights of young people at school and in the juvenile justice system. Co-taught by a CRLS History teacher and 2rd year Suffolk University Law School, students in this course will analyze historical issues from multiple perspectives, enhance their written and oral communication skills and further develop their individual political and social beliefs. Students in this course are required to deliver at least four oral arguments as part of their assessment. Additionally students enrolled in the course will prepare for and participate in the Marshall Brennan Moot Court local and regional competitions. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H418 | HN | Kimbrough Scholars Honors Graduation Project “Civil Rights Cold Case Investigation and Historical Inquiry”
This seminar and related project offer students an opportunity to contribute to the important work of seeking justice for African-Americans who were victims of racial violence, but whose cases have remained unsolved and under-reported. Students work with staff from the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) at Northeastern University Law School to investigate a racially motivated cold case from the early 20th century. Participants learn about time period and work as a part of a team to discover the true facts of the case by uncovering evidence previously ignored, and exploring ways that the evidence can be used to provide restorative justice for the victims and their families. The project involves participating in a semester long in-school seminar, and then, as the semester progresses, going two times a week during seminar time to Northeastern University Law School to research and investigate the assigned case. Participating students will engage in regular writing and documentation related to the project. They will collaborate to make a major final public presentation and will present individual portfolios of their work at the end of the semester. The Kimbrough Scholars Project Seminar is a part of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Enhanced Senior Year program and requires an application. Priority is given to seniors. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grade: 12; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H420 | CP (HN Opt) | Facing History and Ourselves: The Holocaust
and Human Behavior

Using film, primary source documents (art, music, photographs, etc.) and speakers this course is designed as an in-depth case study about German society in the years 1920-1945, with a primary focus on the forces and events that led to the Holocaust. The course begins with the study of identity and membership in society, which will then be applied to the choices made in the years before the Holocaust as students confront the moral questions inherent in the study of violence, racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry. In doing so, students will also make connections to other examples of genocide and prejudice. Students will then consider judgment - exploring questions of responsibility, justice, and punishment - as well as the legacy and memory of the Holocaust. Finally, students will reflect on their own role as participating members in a larger local, national, and global society. Throughout the course students will maintain a journal of written reflections and engage in meaningful class discussions. The course will culminate in a collaborative performance based project and presentation. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10: Prerequisites: World History 2 and US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H421 | HN | Economics
This course will examine society’s allocation of scarce resources, as well the economic reasoning made by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, and government agencies. Important elements will include the study of scarcity, the role of incentives, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. In their study of the fundamental principles of economics, students will master the ability to use the basic analytical tools used by economists. In addition to examining the traditional content of economics, students will participate in a three week long Urban Plan project in which they will be asked to develop a five and a half block portion of a city. Working as a team of five, students will ultimately defend their final project in front of a team of volunteers who work in the field of land development. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2 and US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H422 | HN | Modern World History
Modern World History is a study of how nations around the world have interacted politically, economically and culturally from the Cold War to today. We will examine the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States and how foreign policy between nations shifted (and did not shift) after 1990. We will analyze how the rise of the global world economy has both integrated parts of the world while also creating wider gaps between the rich and poor. We will explore modern conflict in Africa and the Middle East and the impacts it is having on people within those nations as well as between nations. The more we understand the roots of modern issues, the better we can understand how societies have developed to their present state, why people face certain problems, and what solutions we should seek in the future. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History 

H502 | UM American Identities
American Identities is offered in collaboration with the American Studies Department at UMass-Boston, and students are eligible to earn college credit for AMST 100, the department’s required introductory course. The central academic and personal question of this UMass-Boston course is: “What is an American?” This course examines the construction, definition and explanation of the diverse “American identities” of North Americans. Through examination of a variety of resources—including historical sources, material artifacts, fiction, poetry, film, photography, and popular music— and using the concepts and methodologies of American Studies, students explore individual, family, community, ethnic, class, gender, and racial identities in relation to regional, national, and transnational identities. Over the course of the semester, students will be guided in writing a three-generation family history that incorporates political, cultural and family events from 1945 to the present. After completion of this course, students who choose to attend the University of Massachusetts can receive UMass credit. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: US History 2 or AP US History

H504 | AP World History AP
World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grade: 12; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History

H506 | AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP Comparative Government and Politics is equivalent to an introductory college course. Our study will focus on important themes and concepts in comparative government through the lens of six core countries and one supranational body: United Kingdom, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, Russia, China and the European Union. Students will engage in thoughtful cross-country comparison as we explore each case study. This course emphasizes the diversity of political life around the world and the challenges and opportunities facing states in the 21st Century. As a college-level course, there are considerable expectations of students in terms of rigor, quality, and dedication to their work. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grade: 12; Prerequisites: World History 2, US History 1 and 2 or AP US History