I would suggest looking at the skills for example: Inductive/Deductive reasoning, writing (argumentative, narrative, etc..), logical fallacies. When we wrote our Contemporary Issues course we looked at how this course was combining the standards in other subject areas as well as those in SS. I noticed the date on this message but thought it might help anyway! Good luck!
I actually have a link to our Contemporary Course.. It has the PA standards listed. If your colleague is interested in the link let me know and I will post it..