This is a one semester course in US Government designed to meet the A-G criteria for High School Homeschoolers.
In this course, students will explore the foundations of our American Government through reading, writing, projects, research, discussion, and debate. They will study the origins of the constitution, the division of powers put forth in the constitution, how as individuals we participate in our government, and how we can combine our voices towards collective action. In the final unit we will look at the outputs of our government (i.e. our Domestic and Foreign Policy).
This course will require work outside of class times. It may also require students to participate in some online activities including but not limited to an online discussion forum, online quizzes or assessments, and online assignments. Please make sure your child has access to the course at UHS@Home.
Economics, Spring 2020, Description & Teacher Tami Ordonez
1 hr, Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
- Teacher: Tami Ordonez
An exercise in meeting the world.
The incredible development of humanity has had a profound effect on so many aspects of the natural world. In this class we try and develop some overview of historical and cultural relations between humanity and nature as we test the ethical opportunities, responsibilities and limitations of current politics, science, economics and technology whilst endeavoring to develop our own ideas, ideals and ethical relationship to our world of experience;
- How do I relate to a landscape?
- To the natural world of minerals, plants and animals?
- How do I relate to other people, especially unfamiliar ones?
Although there is a speculative element this is a course grounded in experience, with plenty of forays into a variety of natural and social settings, including social and service opportunities outside regular classroom hours and the possibility of extended field trips.
Additional classes " City Schooling" and "MindPrints" are not required, but offer students further opportunities to explore, expand and complement these experiences.
1.5 hr, Fridays, 9:00am - 10:30am
$392 for the first semester; $488 for the second
- Teacher: Philip Guest
Is reality what we think it is?
In this course we will look at the chemistry, biology and social history of mind altering substances, generally following the format; geographic and natural origins, place in indigenous cultures and mythologies, first encounters, usage and development within modern culture including social/legal/economic questions, chemistry, biology and possible parallel experiences.
The idea for this class arose from overhearing student conversations during my Spring '19 Science Class - of course they are interested in topics not so easily addressed in polite society! If students are interested in this topic then let's bring it under the educational spotlight and try to develop a full context picture.
The goal is also to provide a safe space to explore any other topics of interest to the students in an educational and non-judgmental rather than a prurient environment. Guest and co-teachers may be invited as appropriate.
This course would make an interesting complement to the "Footprints" class; how humans have, can and should interact the natural environment, versus how the natural products sustain, regulate and potentially radically alter our accustomed human experiences.
1.5 hr, Fridays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
- Teacher: Philip Guest
This yearlong course will cover American History from colonial times through the modern era.
In semester one, we will read, discuss, write about, and play in stories from our past. We will examine US History from colonial times through the civil war by reading and hearing stories of people who lived in those times. We’ll look at this history from several points of view including the European lens, the Native American lens, and the lens of historians trying to piece together what happened when these cultures clashed on this “new” continent.
Then in semester two, our discussions and research will turn to the industrial revolution, several cultural revolutions, a pair of world wars, the cold war, Jim Crow, civil rights, and the end of the 20th century. Whew! When we get through all that students should have a basic understanding of how America went from being colonized by different European nations to independence to becoming a world superpower in the span of a short 500 years.
This course will require work outside of class times. It will also require students to participate in some online activities including but not limited to an online discussion forum, online quizzes or assessments, and online assignments. Please make sure your child has access to the course at UHS Online.
1hr, Mondays & Fridays, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
- Teacher: Ana Herrejon
In this course, we will look at the battle for voting rights that has raged in the halls of congress and in the courtrooms of federal judges since our voting system was conceived. Throughout much of our history, political operatives have maneuvered to disenfranchise unfavorable voting blocks. We will look at how this has affected voter participation and representation in America with a special emphasis on California.
You will be required to do reading and research outside of class time. You will also be presenting information to class and participating in class discussions. The subject matter we cover can lead to some deep disagreements. Please be prepared to express your own opinions even at the risk of disagreement, and to respond to all opinions with respect and an open mind.1 hr, Fridays. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- Teacher: Denine Dawson