Honors History 12

United States and Modern History

Thought shapes history. Man's thoughts are shaped by his beliefs, his habits (be they virtue or vice), his society, culture, custom, environment, experience, and education. Man shapes history through his choices, which are rooted in those soils of his thought. As you read the pages of modern history you will see that man's thought—beliefs and philosophies—are some of the most powerful forces on earth.

Course Description

This course studies the major ideological trends of modern Western Civilization and their effects on the world. In this course students will be asked to examine the work of a number of thinkers—philosophers, scientists and theologians — in conjunction with their study of historical events and documents. In essence this is both a course in history and in political philosophy. It will be most fruitful to seriously consider the power of an idea to shape history.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit will have 4 papers per semester as chosen by their main instructor.  Daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams will also be assigned and graded by the instructor.

New for the 2016-17 School year, honors students will attend a live Honors Seminar that meets periodically throughout the year.  Honors seminar will require projects and additional reading in the form of short stories, poems, essays, articles, and/or encyclicals with the purpose of going into more depth on the topics being studied in class. Students will be graded on active participation during live seminar.  The type of participation required will vary but includes activities such as active discussion, collaborative group work, and presentations.  The participation grade from honors seminar will be weighted 20% into the student’s overall grade for the honors course.

Course Texts
  • Modern History Reader
  • A Documentary History of the United States
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Democracy in America
  • Modern Times
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

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Course Details:

Section Number

WCH-12H-1

WCH-12H-2

Instructor

Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Angstenberger

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (12th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr., 20 min.

Day

Wednesday

Thursday

Class Period

0

4

Regular Class Time

6:00 - 7:20 AM (Pacific)

9:00 - 10:20 AM (Eastern)

12:00 - 1:20 PM (Pacific)

3:00 - 4:20 PM (Eastern)

Honors Seminar Day

Lead Teacher: Mrs. Anderson

Seminar for History 12 meets on the following Mondays:
Aug 28, Sep 25, Oct 30, Nov 27, Jan 29, Feb 26, Apr 16, May 7

Honors Seminar Time

10:30 - 11:50 AM (Pacific)

1:30 - 2:50 PM (Eastern)

Tuition

$699

Honors Fee

$149

Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation

OH

Companion Courses

Honors Morality & Church History III

Honors Modern Era Literature

Honors Creative Writing

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.