How to Use This Course
SchoolhouseTeachers.com brings you Great Books: Part Two by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. In this second course studying The Great Books of the Western World (a fifty-four volume set published by Britannica), Dr. Hake supplies your students with an advanced, thought-provoking literature study. During these semesters, not every word of every volume will be read, but many different authors will be read in enough depth and breadth to thoroughly acquaint students with their unique contribution to the great conversation that is western culture.
There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries, two short papers, and, at the conclusion of the course, a longer paper (ten to twelve pages). If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments, writing assignments, and both the long and short papers, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it is worth one high school credit in language arts. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
*Important note: access to certain volumes of the Great Books series is required for the first lessons. These books will need to be obtained from your library prior to beginning the class. Additional volumes may be required to complete later assignments. If the Great Books series is not available at your library, go to the Course Outline under the Course Details tab for a complete breakdown of what books are included in this series. Many are available to be read free online or may be available at your library individually.
This is the second of two courses that will give you a thorough introduction to some of The Great Books of the Western World (a fifty-four volume set published by Britannica). During these semesters, we will not read every word of every volume of these books, but we will read many different authors in enough depth and breadth to be thoroughly acquainted with their unique contribution to the great conversation that is western culture. It is my hope that I can, in this way, launch people into a lifetime reading project that takes them through the entire set and through special favorites several times.
Remember, you are studying to the glory of God and not primarily for academic credit or even to fulfill course requirements mandated by the state in which you live. Even if you are studying out of obedience to your parents, I hope, and am sure your parents join me in this hope, that your desire to love God with your mind and learn for Him will grow stronger and stronger until it is deeply internal and clearly your own. Our one desire is to be the absolute best we can be for Christ by His grace, to fully use the gifts He has given us, and to fulfill the ministry He has in mind for us.
Length: 18 weekly lessons
Includes: Printable weekly lessons
Age/Grade: This is an in-depth literature course designed for juniors or seniors.
Week 1: Homer—The Iliad
Week 2: Aeschylus—Agamemnon, Choephoroe, Eumenides; Choose Syntopicon Idea
Week 3: Sophocles—Oedipus the King; Antigone
Week 4: Herodotus—The History (Books I-II)
Week 5: Plato—Meno
Week 6: Aristotle—Poetics; Syntopicon Progress Report
Week 7: Aristotle—Ethics (Book II; Book III. Ch. 5-12; Book IV, Ch. 8-13)
Week 8: Nicomachus—Introduction to Arithmetic
Week 9: Lucretius—On the Nature of Things (Books I-IV); First Short Paper
Week 10: Marcus Aurelius—Meditations
Week 11: Hobbes—Leviathan (Part I)
Week 12: Milton—Areopagitica; Syntopicon Progress Report
Week 13: Pascal—Pensees
Week 14: Pascal—Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle
Week 15: Swift—Gulliver’s Travels
Week 16: Rousseau—A Discourse on the Origen of Inequality
Week 17: Kant—Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
Week 18: Mill—On Liberty; Second Short Paper; Syntopicon Paper
If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments, writing assignments, and both the long and short papers, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it will count for one high school credit in language arts.
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