This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Special Note: Course materials provided free by the instructor. Includes an optional writing component.
Total classes: 14
Duration: 55 minutes per class
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. Middle School students are also welcome – adjustments can be made to assignments for younger students.
Suggested credit: One full semester European History or World History
Beginning around the year 1500, Christendom experienced a sudden double rebellion, from the Reformation on the one hand, and secular liberalism on the other. This course is based on Catholic Historian Christopher Dawson’s text of the same name. It follows the exciting story of how Western Civilization went from unity to disunity, and how the heroes and villains played their parts, including Martin Luther, Cardinal Cajetan, Henry VIII, Thomas More, Maximilien Robespierre, and Pope Pius VI. This course pairs well with The Judgment of the Nations, offered in the Fall.
Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments
Weeks 2-8: The Reformations
Week 2: The Old, Medieval Synthesis
Week 3: Luther’s Revolt
Week 4: The Revolt Spreads
Week 5: New Divisions
Week 6: The English Reformation
Week 7: Trent, and Counter Reformation
Week 8: England and Spain
Weeks 9-14: The Secular Revolution
Week 9: The Enlightenment, and France
Week 10: The Revolution Rises
Week 11: Terror
Week 12: Napoleon vs. the World
Week 13: Liberalism and Catholicism
Week 14: The Secularization of Modern Culture
Course materials: Nothing to purchase.
-No required weekly readings
Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge, and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (3- to 5-page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.
NOTE: Middle Schoolers taking this class must instead write a 1- to 2-page book report.
NOTE: Parents may contact the professor to excuse their students from the written assignments.
Weekly, optional review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions. Worth bonus points.