Grades 11, 12
The course focuses on the origin of man's personality. This knowledge will be used to both explain and understand the various types of known human behavior. Normal and abnormal personality types are described. Some of the areas of interest include defining psychology, psychology before the 20th century, psychoanalysis: the first force in modern psychology, behaviorism: the second force in modern psychology, humanistic psychology: the third force, other approaches and where psychology is today, heredity and environment, levels of consciousness, sleep, dreams, sleep disorders, hypnosis, Freud's psychoanalytical theory, defense mechanisms, personality assessment, beliefs, attitudes, impressions, persuasion, attitude change, conformity, compliance, obedience, aggression, observational learning, group dynamics and group behavior, Pavlov and classical conditioning, Skinner and operant conditioning, positive and negative reinforcement and punishment.
Grade 11, 12
The foundation of Psychology II will involve the principles taught in Psychology I. One exit outcome involves each student being able to better understand himself/herself, others, society and the social interaction with other people. Expanding on the knowledge gained in Psychology I, key topics include stages and types of memory, remembering and forgetting, problem solving and related processes, structures and functions in language, defining intelligence, intelligence quotient and assessment, IQ tests and what they measure, mental retardation and giftedness, life span and developmental psychology, development during infancy and early childhood, Piaget's theory of cognitive development, Erikson's psychosocial theory, primary and secondary motives, theories of emotion, stress and adjustment disorders, sensation and perception, Kohlberg's theory of moral development, defining abnormal behavior, explaining abnormal behavior, classifying abnormal behavior, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, phobias, the ten major personality disorders, and medical and psychiatric treatment approaches and therapies.
Grade 11, 12
Sociology remains relevant as a topic because it explains how societies change. The course takes a scientific look at people as social beings and explores their behavior in groups and their relationships to social institutions. Topics studied include: culture, values and norms, roles and relationships, family, education, poverty, crime and discrimination. The course allows students to research topics and express opinions about things that affect them.
AMERICAN CULTURE FROM A BASEBALL PERSPECTIVE
Grade 10, 11, 12
American Culture From a Baseball Perspective is an opportunity to see how baseball has been shaped by America, and vice versa. The course, which examines how baseball and our nation have grown side by side, is not just for baseball fans. History buffs too will enjoy discovering how baseball and our rich American heritage are interwoven. Major topics will include the origins of the game, its growth in popularity during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, integration, expansion and the impact of teams and ballparks on American urban areas.
Grade 10, 11, 12
The United States Civil War was a test upon our Constitution and the unification of our nation. Americans were divided over the issues of slavery, states rights, culture, and economic structures. General George Briton McClellan ran against President Lincoln in 1864 with the promise of permitting the Confederate states to secede and live peacefully as a new nation. This course is intended to analyze the issues pertaining to this era of history and to respect the sacrifices of millions who preserved this union.
WORLD WAR II ORAL HISTORY
Grade 11, 12
The World War II Oral History Project is to create an archive of oral histories of eyewitness accounts of the Second World War. The students will be required to interview, record, compile and present one oral history of a participant in World War Two. The students use either video tape or digital video disks to record their interviews. One copy of the tape will be added to the Hampton High School Library and will serve as a resource of information of World War II for future generations of Hampton students. A second copy of the tape will be sent to the Library of Congress which will then preserve, catalog and share this information with all of America.
The students will learn the background to the oral history tradition; they will learn how to conduct oral history interviews; and they will learn of the contributions and sacrifices made by the "greatest generation" during the turbulent war years.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY
Grade 11, 12
The study of European History since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and social developments that play a fundamental role in shaping the world we live in today. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the basic chronology and the major events and trends from approximately 1450 to the present, that is, from the High Renaissance to the very recent past. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the AP program in European History are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in writing.