Social Studies

Mercy Vocational High School students complete three years of Social Studies to graduate.

The department enriches the content knowledge of our students in each Social Studies course. The students will develop a fundamental awareness of World Cultures and United States History based upon the Pennsylvania Standards. We investigate why historical events occurred. To aid the students in their investigations, we examine the following: cause and effect, relationships of events, people, and decisions.

The MVHS Social Studies course descriptions are as follows:

Grade 9: World Cultures I - The focus of this course is the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, imperialistic, militaristic , and sociological developments of people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, from the Emergence of Civilization to the Middle Ages. Additionally, the focus of the course includes the study of the geography of countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa, from the Emergence of Civilization to the middle Ages.

Grade 10:  World Cultures II - The focus of this course is the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, sociological, imperialistic and militaristic developments of people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, from the Renaissance to the present day. Additionally, the focus includes the study of geography of countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa, from the Renaissance to the present day.

Grade 12:  United States History - The focus of this course is the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, sociological, militaristic and imperialistic developments of the United States America from colonization to the present day. Additionally, the focus includes the study of geography of the United States from colonization to the present day.

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The Social Studies Department curriculum promotes the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and Decision Making:The department teaches the development of critical thinking and sound decision making in the historical venue. The students will utilize factual information and rationale to make researched-based decisions.
  • Research: Students will be able to write a five paragraph essay and answer document-based questions in a technically proficient manner.
  • Relativity:The curriculum is made relevant to the students’ lives by stressing the “life lessons” that are indigenous to history.