human ecology
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  • Aligned with college and university programs, Syosset High School’s Human Ecology Department uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the relationship between humans and their natural, social and built environments. Human Ecology classes provide students with the unique opportunity to explore real-world topics such as child care and development, teacher education, nutrition, lifespan studies and psychology. Classes are also offered that allow students to study and apply skills within the realms of culinary arts, interior design, and clothing construction. Authentic and relevant classwork encourages creativity, self-expression, introspection, and fosters the development of practical life-skills.

    Several courses are available for advanced placement (AP) and college credit. Contact members of the Human Ecology Department or Guidance counselors for additional information on this exciting group of electives. Students interested in an Advanced Regents Diploma may choose to complete a five-unit sequence option in Human Ecology.

    *Research social sciences is available through the Advanced Research Program. 

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Human Ecology Course Pathway

Department: Human Ecology

Course Number: 7251, 7252

Course Title: CHILD PSYCHOLOGY & DEV – FALL / SPRING

Details: Fall or Spring, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Required For: Students who plan to enroll in the Child Study Lab (7281 or 7282)

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Description: A study of the child from birth to age six, covering social, intellectual, moral, physical, language, and emotional development. We will discuss the psychological development of children within their environment as it relates to their age. Major theories of child development are discussed through individual work, group work and projects.

Department: Human Ecology

Course Number: 7281, 7282

Course Title: CHILD STUDY LAB - FALL / SPRING

Details: Fall or Spring, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Students must complete one of the following: Child Psychology (7251 or 7252), A.P. Psychology (7400), Developmental Psychology (7264), Psychology of Parenting (7284), or Project Advance Psychology (7424)

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Description: Based on information obtained in previous classes, high school students will facilitate a comprehensive program in which they will design and implement developmentally appropriate multi- sensory activities for preschool aged children. Four year olds from the community will be the participants in this class.

Department: Human Ecology

Course Number: 7284

Course Title: PSYCHOLOGY OF PARENTING – ALT

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Description: Students will examine issues affecting parents through discussion, projects, guest speakers, and media. Topics include parenting readiness, parenting styles, behavioral expectations, sibling rearing, modeling, social, economic, and technological impacts on parenting, and theoretical models of parenting. Click here to read full course description

Department: Human Ecology

Course Number: 7400

Course Title: A.P. PSYCHOLOGY

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 10, 11, 12

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Expense: Student expense of approximately $94.00 for AP exam.

Description: A.P. Psychology is a full year accelerated course. The course provides an introduction to the behavior of individuals. It examines major areas of interest such as experimental research, the biological basis of behavior, learning, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy and social interaction. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and meta-cognition. Students must sit for the A.P. examination.

Department: Human Ecology

Course Number: 7424

Course Title: PROJECT ADVANCE PSYCHOLOGY – ALT.

Details: (Syracuse University Course PSYCH 205) Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period on Alternate Days

Grades: 11, 12

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Expense: Tuition of approx. $345.00 (approx. $115.00 per credit) is paid directly to Syracuse University.

Description: Syracuse University Project Advance Psychology is a three credit innovative program designed to explore fundamentals in introductory psychology. Topics include biological causes of behavior, motivation and emotion, learning and memory, thinking and cognitive development, personality and social development, and intelligence. Note: Students must commit themselves to the course for the entire year.