Ages: 6th-9th grade
Dates: September 13 – December 6 (no class on 11/29, 12/13 make up day in the event of a teacher absence)
Class Description: This course examines social study fundamental concepts including economics, politics, and culture with the intention to help students understand how the world around them works. We will take a look at how communities work, how ancient cultures shaped modern times, and how best to understand concepts from different perspectives, in part, through the lens of etiquette, defined as “the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.” The main goal or purpose is to help students develop skills in reasoned and informed decision making and to become aware of and sensitive to other cultures.
Goals: To learn one’s own culture. To increase one’s Cultural Intelligence Quotient via: Etiquette exploration via multiple cultures; and Independent Study and Individual Project
Academic & Non-Academic Subjects Covered: Academic subjects covered include social studies, which is the integrated study of multiple fields of social science and the humanities, including history, geography, and political science with an emphasis on developing a student’s cultural intelligence (i.e., an individual’s capacity to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity). Essential to one’s capacity to function in a multitude of environments includes the understanding of etiquette, commonly known as “the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.” Thus, etiquette lessons will include not only how to properly set a table in a Western European fashion but also the etiquette of eating sushi or hummus from a mezze platter.
Minimum class size: 4
Maximum class size: 12