Cabrini High School
Social Studies Department


Overall Objectives
The Social Studies Department incorporates a number of teaching and learning techniques, each geared to the level of the student as well as to the subject matter of the course.
Emphasis is given (especially in Freshman year) in the area of helping students develop good note-taking skills which will be of primary importance as the student enters college. Many courses use lecture-discussion methods which allow students to ask the ir questions in a classroom setting. Map work is emphasized throughout the four-year program, especially on the Freshman and Sophomore levels.

Faculty:

Helene Tucker - Chairperson

M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction University of New Orleans
B.S. Louisiana State University
Certification Computer Literacy University of New Orleans
Completed Training by Junior Achievement in Applied Economics
Member National Council for the Social Studies
Who's Who Among American High School Teachers
Member Organization of American Historians
Member Louisiana Council for the Social Studies

Lisa Dubus
Cabrini Graduate '81
B.S. University of New Orleans
Member of LaGea Phi Delta Kappa
Trained in La. Bar Assoc. Legal Continuing Education
Member Louisiana Council for the Social Studies
Who's Who Among American High School Teachers

Dave Becker
B.A. Communications Studies Eastern Washington University
Social Studies certification, University of New Orleans
Member National Council of Social Studies
Member Organization of American Historians
Volunteer National D-Day Museum, New Orleans


Doug Black
B.A. Southeastern Louisiana University
Certification in Social Studies U.N.O.
Pursuing Catechist Certification

Rudy Horvath
B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. University of New Orleans
Member Phi Alpha Theta (International History Society)
Member Louisiana Council for the Social Studies

Department Course Offerings:
Courses noted with an asterisk (*) are also offered at the Honors level.
*Civics
Civics is a state-required course which is taught at Cabrini on the Senior level.
It is designed to provide students with the basic information concerning the organization and function of the United States government on federal, state, and local levels. Units studied also include Communism and Foreign Policy. Increased knowledge a nd awareness of the political system should encourage better citizenship and more participation in the political system.
Civics AP -- American Government
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to study college-level material and receive college credit. The main content of the course consists of jurisprudence; the origins, content, and structure of the Constituti on; the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; political parties, bureaucracy, elections, interest groups, lobbying, political socialization, and civil rights and liberties. Students will gain increased understanding of the American political sy stem, its framework, traditions and values. The principal processes and institutions through which our political system functions as well as some of the public policies which these institutions implement will be examined in detail.
Economics
Cabrini High School is proud to participate in the Applied Economics Program sponsored by Junior Achievement. This 1/2 credit course is a complete program in basic Economics. Students are allowed to start their own company to compete within the class in a unique Management and Economic Simulation Exercise on the computer. On a weekly basis, students special attention from a local business consultant. Through this special program, Economics comes alive for students by their own actual experience in economic decision making.
Louisiana Studies
This one-half (1/2) credit course is offered for students to examine the history, geography, and culture of our unique state. This course is taken by eighth grade students.
Sociology
This course is offered as an elective for one semester on the Junior and Senior levels.
It devotes itself to the study of humans and their lives in groups. Topics covered range from socialization of infants and teenagers to problems of poverty, crime, and health in our society.
20th Century History
20th Century History, a 1/2 credit course, offers students "the rest of the story." It reviews U.S. foreign policy and policy involvement beginning with World War II. Students study such recent events as the Korean conflict, the Kennedy era, Vietnam, and problems we now face in the Middle East and Africa.
All Juniors are required to take 20th Century History.
World Geography
This is a physical and cultural geography course offered as an elective for one semester. The goal is to familiarize the students with diverse regions of the world and study each in relation to the culture of the people as well as the physical setting. Awareness of the problems faced by other nations and the need for cooperation between people of all nations will hopefully be obtained.
All Pre-Freshman are required to take World Geography.
*World History
This is a survey course in Western Civilization. The development of western culture is traced from early civilization through the accomplishments of the Renaissance and the discovery of America. Geographical concepts are reinforced throughout this course by extensive map work.
This course is taken by all students in their Freshman year.
*United States History
American History is a state-required course which is taken during Sophomore year.
It is designed to familiarize students with our rich heritage in an understandable, chronological order. Consideration is also given to the many accomplishments of American women throughout our history. U.S. History spans from pre-Columbian America through the depression era of the 1930's.
Psychology
Psychology is a semester 1/2 credit course offered on the Junior and Senior level.
It is an introductory course to the field of behavioral science. Personality formation and abnormal personality problems are studied as well as the theories of notable psychologists.

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Date Updated: 10/2/01