Behavioral sciences include, but are not limited to, the areas of sociology, anthropology and psychology. In addressing these disciplines the actions and reactions of humans are studied through observational and experimental methods.
Understand the changing nature of society.
Understand various institutions, ideas, values and behavior patterns change over time.
Understand that interactions among learning, inheritance, and physical development affect human behavior.
Understand that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
Understand current social issues to determine how the individual formulates opinions and responds to issues.
Understand that the way a person views an issue reflects personal beliefs, experiences, and attitudes.
Understand how to evaluate social research and information.
Understand the use of research procedures and skills to investigate an issue.
Economics addresses the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The concept of scarcity is understood to mean that available resources are insufficient to satisfy the wants and needs of everyone. Economics is therefore founded upon the alternative use of available resources and the study of choices.
Understand the role of scarcity and economic trade-offs and how economic conditions impact people's lives.
Understand that goods and services are scarce because there are not enough resources to satisfy all of the wants of individuals, governments, and societies.
Understand that consumers buy less of products and services when prices go up and buy more when prices go down.
Understand that production, distribution, exchange, and consumption of goods and services are economic decisions with which all societies and nations must deal.
Understand how nations throughout the world have joined with one another to promote economic development and growth.
Understand barriers to trade among people across nations.
Geography is the study of the interaction between people and their environments. Geography therefore looks at the world through the concepts of location, place, human-environmental interaction, movement, and region.
Understand the use of geographic tools to locate and analyze information about people, places, and environments.
Understand political, topographical and historical maps, aerial photos and maps.
Understand ways to monitor science and technology in order to protect the physical environment, individual rights and the common good.
Understand laws and policies that govern the environment.
History is the study and analysis of the past. Built upon a foundation of historical knowledge, history seeks to analyze the past in order to describe the relationship between historical facts, concepts, and generalizations. History draws upon cause and effect relationships within multiple social narratives to help explain complex human interactions. Understanding the past provides context for the present and implications for the future.
Understand historical patterns, periods of time and the relationships among these elements.
Understand the similarities and differences between various civilizations within a time period.
Understand problems, issues, and dilemmas of life in the past and their causes.
Political science is the study of power and authority through the examination of political processes, governmental institutions, and human behavior in a civil society. In this context the study of civics is understood to include the form and function of government. Civic literacy encompasses civics but also addresses the individual's social and political participation.
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the value of lifelong civic action.
Understand what it means to be a citizen.
Understand why civic responsibility is important and know examples of civic responsibility.
Understand the difference between power and authority.
Understand fundamental values and principles of American democracy are expressed in documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as in American songs, stories, and speeches.