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Team Leader:
envelope_blue.jpg Francisco Timm

Anthony Benavidez
Elizabeth Collins
Mari Dannenbaum-Zufall
Stacy Jenkins
Ed Lucero
Michael Martin
Ron Neuser,
Stephen Part
Elsie Scott


*Italicized wording is specific to La Cueva High School.
√ Freshmen may take this class.    *NCAA approved course.


The social studies program focuses on people, on the world, and on the relationships between the two. It draws substance from the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, philosophy, and sociology.

The social studies curriculum seeks to help students become thinkers who take responsibility for their actions; citizens who are willing to hear both sides of a debate and form opinions based on reasoned inquiry; and people who value character in its various manifestations.

Students are required to pass the following courses to fulfill graduation requirements:

World History and Geography (1 year)
U.S. History and Geography (1 year)
New Mexico History (1 semester - backed by Health)
Government (1 semester)


16020      1 Yr.      10-12

Prerequisite: None
Description: In Law the student studies the American legal system and its application in daily life. Major areas of study are basic law concepts, criminal law, civil law, constitutional law/individual rights, law in daily life, and juvenile law. The course deals with the contemporary law-related public issues and provides the student with the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate ways to resolve legal disputes. The student is provided the opportunity to gain knowledge of the legal system and everyday legal problems. Field trips to courts and legal proceedings occur as opportunities arise and appropriate guest speakers are planned. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research strategies are integrated throughout the course. Course work will emphasize role-plays, mock trials, debates, and discussions. This course surveys the American legal system to provide practical information and problem-solving opportunities that develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. The course will deal with the contemporary law-related public issues, including gangs, guns, and substance abuse. The course will involve not only criminal law, but also civil law, and alternative punishments for violations against the public order. The course will include examination of Constitutional law, case studies, small group exercises, and visual analysis activities. Students who take this course, or its equivalent, are urged to join The Law Club and participate in the state mock trial competition.


16041      1 Yr.     10-12

Prerequisite: None
Special Requirements: Depth of study of topics, projects, and enrichment are determined by semester course offerings for the year long course.
Description: Sociology is the study of groups of people and the ways in which they are similar and different. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, sociological perspective, culture, interaction and social structures, socialization, social institutions, social groups, deviance, and social stratification. Reading, writing, and speaking strategies are integrated throughout the curriculum.

REEL HISTORY (Emphasis on US History)

16025      1 Yr.      10-12

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: A $10.00 fee is collected from each student for rental of pertinent films.
Description: Reel History is a comparative study between film and United States history. Exploration of fact and fiction is made through the use of various film genres in an attempt to understand popular culture and its role in the history of the United States. The student discovers how truths and misconceptions have impacted popular culture. Critical thinking skills are used in identification and evaluation of course material. Cause and effect and interpretations of various political and social messages as well as comparisons of different medias are measured. Formulation of questions and the use of primary and secondary material are used to contrive well-thought conclusions regarding subject material. The student recognizes the relationships between Social Studies and global changes, applying a base of Social Studies knowledge to recognize allusions to important places, persons, and events in media. The student examines questions as to why and how things have changed, using this information to predict what may happen in the future. Areas of study include, but are not restricted to, historical relevance, major film players, analysis and interpretation, expression of ideas, appreciation of film as an art form, and media literacy.


16042      1 Yr.      11-12

Prerequisite: None
Special Requirements: None.
Description: Advanced Placement European History is a college level survey course that covers the time period from approximately 1450 until present. The course builds on an understanding of economic, social, cultural, intellectual, political and diplomatic themes in European history. The student is expected to develop analytical thinking and persuasive writing skills in dealing with historical evidence and interpretation. The course emphasizes and develops close reading, writing and research skills that are necessary for success in the class. Literacy is integrated throughout the course. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course can be applied in the Education and Training, and Government and Public Administration career clusters. Additional information on career clusters can be found at

Note: The student is encouraged to take the Advanced Placement examination. Many universities and colleges consider successful completion of the class and taking the exam as evidence of an academic commitment. Depending on the student’s score and the policy of the university or college, the student may receive college credits.


14009      1 Yr.      11-12

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Description: Philosophy is an elective survey social studies course in which the student examines the history of philosophy and the basis of philosophical/logical thought. The student develops thoughtful attitudes toward life and the world through encounters with the ideas of great philosophers, acquires philosophical materials and skills that build upon and integrate previous social studies classes and obtains a foundation in knowledge and skills that will prepare him/her for post-secondary education.


15017      1 Sem.      11-12

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Description: Personal Finance provides an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one’s personal finances. Topics may include, but are not limited to, saving and investing, banking/financial services, credit and debt, predatory lending practices, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns, setting goals and budget planning, contracts, mortgages and home ownership, rental agreements, planning for retirement, consumer protection, cultural, social, and emotional influences on financial behavior, and rights and responsibilities of buyers and sellers. An overview of the American economy may be provided.