Social Sciences

The social sciences are in search of patterns which reflect human experience. Laws, languages, institutions, arts, industries, political experiments, economic theories, religious quests and military ambitions - all project the image of that experience. The social studies offerings provide insights about what has been, what is and what might be, and develop in students a curiosity about and sensitivity to the environment in which they live. All the courses in the Social Studies Department have been developed to raise questions. Furthermore, the courses challenge students to assess and interpret and provide a framework for recognizing and accepting responsibility as individuals and as citizens.

Courses Offered

Civics

Level: Regular, Academic 10

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: English 1-2

Course Description:

Academic Government is designed for students who expect to attend college and must pass the test on Illinois and US Constitutions at both high school and college level. The emphasis is on understanding the basic formal structure of state and national government.


Enriched Civics

Level: Enriched 10

Length of course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Enriched English C- or better

Course Description:

American patriotism and the principles of representative government, as enunciated in the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the proper use and display of the American flag. Instruction shall be given in all such schools and institutions in the method of voting at elections by means of the Australian Ballot system and the method of the counting of votes for candidates.


Consumer Education

Level: Regular, Academic 10

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Social science

Prerequisite: English 1-2

Course Description:

Meets basic consumer requirements and goes beyond to some depth in micro and macroeconomics theory. This class is suggested for college-bound students, meets a minimum level of economic understanding, and contains a strong emphasis on practical considerations. This class includes visits by outside business consultants and a computer simulation in which students will work in groups to achieve a profit as well as apply micro theory. Students will gain an understanding of budgeting, comparison pricing, homeownership (i.e. mortgages, loans, and predatory lending), and an understanding of the roles of consumers interacting with agriculture, business, trade unions, and government in formulation and achieving the goals of the mixed free-enterprise system.


Enriched Consumer Education

Level: Enriched 10

Length of course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Enriched English C- or better

Course Description:

This course is a blend of economic theory and consumerism. It is designed to utilize students’ familiarity with the kinds of economic choices people make in everyday life to develop an understanding of new more complex economic concepts. Students will gain an understanding of budgeting, comparison pricing, homeownership (i.e. mortgages, loans, and predatory lending), and an understanding of the roles of consumers interacting with agriculture, business, trade unions, and government in formulation and achieving the goals of the mixed free enterprise system. The primary objective of the course is to aid students in becoming responsible economic decision-makers as employees, employers, savers, investors, citizens, and consumers in the American economy.


United States History 1-2

Level: Regular, Academic 11

Length of Course: One year

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Academic Government/Economics

Course Description:

United State History is a two-semester subject required for graduation. On all levels, this course is concerned with the traditions, ideals, characteristics, and goals that make up the American way of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding history as it relates to and influences contemporary American life and problems. Students taking this course will be moving toward achieving the subject’s learning goals through a variety of learning activities. Among these are skill building activities, critical thinking assignments, examination of key issues, group projects, essays, and examinations. Classes will require essays and critical thinking skills.


Enriched United States History / American Studies

Level: Enriched English 11 and Enriched U.S. History (Both English and U.S. History are graduation requirements)

Length of Course: One year

Text: English: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes: The American Experience Prentice Hall, 1999

U.S. History: A History of the United States, Boorstin and Kelley, Prentice Hall, 2004

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Enriched English 3-4 or a B or better in Academic English with teacher recommendation

Course Description:

What is unique and important about America? American Studies is designed to give students opportunities to explore and challenge the underlying values of American culture. A team-taught, interdisciplinary course which emphasizes American literature, history, art and popular culture, this academically rigorous, co-curricular approach to English and history will combine classic texts with current issues in a student centered, experiential environment. The course may also include field trips to historical sites of interest, museums, and performances.


Academic Geography 1-2

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One year

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This elective course features a wide variety of materials designed to develop social studies skills and concepts. The major objectives of this course are to point out the practical importance of geography in human life in all ages, and especially in our own time; to point out that geography is not an isolated body of subject matter, but one that is intimately tied to history and other social sciences.


Academic World History 1-2

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One year

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Seniors must have passed U.S. History and must pass first semester of World History in order to take 2nd semester.

Course Description:

World History is divided into two one-semester classes. World History I (Non-Western Civilization) is presented first semester and World History II (Western Civilization) is presented second semester. Non-Western Civilization encourages the student to explore four developing nations: India, China, South America, and Africa. Attention is focused on the historical development of these nations, their problems, and how they relate to the world community. Western Civilization is a journey into the past. It is an examination of the social political and cultural contributions made by various periods of history and the basic concepts that have shaped the development of our Western heritage. The student is encouraged to develop their own ideas about the problems common to humanity throughout recorded history and to recognize how these problems affect the world today.


Introduction to Advanced Psychology

Level: Enriched 12

Length of Course : 1st Semester (This can be a prerequisite to Psychology 110)

Department: Social Science

Course Description:

For students who intend to take the Dual Credit Psychology course 2nd semester, this course is the pre requisite that covers topics needed to be successful in the dual credit course, or topics that aren’t able to be covered in that course. Topics to be covered are: Dreams, Sleep, Altering the Consciousness, Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Social Psychology and in-depth topics such as Lifespan Development.



Psychology 110 / Introduction to Psychology

(Dual Credit/Early College 3 college credits) ICC tuition and fees will apply

Level: Enriched 12

Length of Course: 2nd Semester (students will take after Intro to Advanced Psychology 1st semester)

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Accuplacer score of 90 or ACT Reading score of 18 or SAT Reading score of 480. Student must have successfully completed Introduction to Advanced Psychology with a C- or better or Psych 1 with a C - or better. Students who took and successfully completed Psych 1 with a grade C - or better as a Junior are eligible to take this course and/or Teacher recommendation.

Course Description:

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course will introduce the students to fundamentals of physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, emotions and motivation, and psychological disorders and their treatment. The role of research and the scientific method are emphasized throughout the course.


Psychology 1

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Student needs to have a C- or higher average in English class.

Course Description:

Academic Psychology is designed to give students a survey of the field of psychology and a better insight into their own lives. The course surveys the major approaches to psychology: Biological, Behavioral, Cognitive, Psychoanalytic, and Humanistic. Dreams, Sleep, Personality and Personality Testing , Ethics, Psychological Disorders and Treatments are also emphasized. This course can be used as a prerequisite for Dual Credit Psych 110 with a C- or higher.


Psychology 2

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Completed Psychology 1 and a C- or higher in Academic English is required.

Course Description:

Psychology 2 is designed to build off of the knowledge gained in Psychology 1. The class will take a more in depth look at the brain, neurons, and the chemicals associated with thought processes. The course will survey emotions and motivation, as well as selected aspects of Social Psychology. Types of learning, reinforcement, sensation and perception are also emphasized.

Sociology

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: Students need to have a C- or higher average in English class.

Course Description:

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course will introduce the students to fundamentals of physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, emotions and motivation, and psychological disorders and their treatment. The role of research and the scientific method are emphasized throughout the course.


ICC/EDUC111 / Intro To American Education

(Dual Credit/Early College 3 college credits) ICC tuition and fees will apply

Level: 12

Length of Course: One semester

Prerequisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent

Course Description:

An introduction to the field of American education, this course will cover history, philosophy, financing, legal aspects, and current issues of America education. Students will be given a general overview of how Amersican schools came to be and how they function today. They will be introduced to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Students will participate in a minimum of 15 documented clinical experiences involving observation of child learners and practitioners at work, according to specified guidelines.


History 117 / Western Civilization

(Dual Credit/Early College 3 college credits) ICC tuition and fees will apply

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: ACT reading score of 18, SAT reading score of 480 or Accuplacer of 90

Course Description:

This course presents an introduction to the history of Western Civilization in the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Major topics include origins of civilization, the Hebrews, Greek and Roman civilization, origins and development of Christianity, Medieval society and economy, the rise of national monarchies, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the origins of modern economic and political concepts.


History 118 / Western Civilization

(Dual Credit/Early College 3 college credits) ICC tuition and fees will apply

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Social Science

Prerequisite: ACT reading score of 18, SAT reading score of 480 or Accuplacer of 90

Course Description:

This course presents an introduction to the history of Europe and its relationships with the world since the Renaissance. Major topics include development of science and technology, capitalism and industry, liberalism, imperialism, nationalism, socialism, totalitarianism, and international relations.

Social Sciences Staff

Kevin Collins - 309-698-7557 - kcollins@ep309.org

Kevin Collins is currently a social studies teacher at East Peoria high school. Kevin received his B.A. in Education from Illinois State University. In the spring of 2009, Kevin also completed his master’s in Education from Olivet Nazarene University. When Kevin is not working, he enjoys spending time with the family, watching football and riding his motorcycle.


Ben Diggle - 309-698-7586 - bdiggle@ep309.org

I have been a member of the Social Sciences Department at EPCHS since 2010. In my time here, I have taught nearly every class our department offers – Government, Economics, Sociology and Psychology – but my primary focus has been U.S. History. I hold two Bachelor’s Degrees. The first was a Journalism Degree earned from Eastern Illinois University in 2003, which led to work in the Peoria Journal Star Sports Department up until I started here at East Peoria. In 2006, I went back to school to earn my Teaching Degree from Eureka College. When not teaching, I keep busy in a variety of ways nearly all of them revolving around sports. I serve as broadcaster for EastSide Community Television, which broadcasts EPCHS football and boy’s and girl’s basketball home games. I also serve as an assistant baseball coach at Illinois Central College and work as an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2014, I was credited with signing my first professional player – 11th-round draft pick Mitch Trees of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.


Zach Fleming - 309-698-7578 - zfleming@ep309.org

Zach Fleming is a social science teacher at EPCHS. Mr. Fleming did his student teaching at EPCHS in May 2007 before graduating from Illinois State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science education and a minor in geography from ISU. Before studying at ISU, Mr. Fleming earned an associates degree in arts and science from Illinois Central College. In the Spring of 2008, Mr. Fleming started teaching at EPCHS. Mr. Fleming is certified to teach economics, sociology, psychology, government, geography, U.S. and world history, as well as anthropology. In 2010, he completed his master's degree in educational leadership and earned his administrative type 75 endorsement. He started coaching at EPCHS in 2007, and has coached wrestling and football.


Marty Green - 309-698-7563 - mgreen@ep309.org

I was born and raised in Oak Park Illinois. I graduated from Knox College with a BA in history and have a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene. I began teaching at EPCHS in 1993. I enjoy spending time with my family.


Jennifer Lamb - 309-698-7572 - jlamb@ep309.org - Website

Jenny Lamb was a former student of EPCHS and has been teaching here since 2007. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in curriculum instruction from Olivet Nazarene, and a master's degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. With her combined degrees, Jenny is certified to teach Economics, Government, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology. Currently, she teaches Enriched Psychology, Dual Credit Psychology, Academic Psychology, and Academic Sociology.

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