Course Descriptions Year C

Veritas Classical Schools, South Carolina
High School Course Description
2013-2014
COURSE NAME: Ancient History/Western Civilization: Beginnings to 1600 AD
LEVEL: Honors
CREDIT VALUE: 1 Unit
TERM: 2013 – 2014
MATERIALS:
Textbooks: World History, Vol 1, Bob Jones University Press; and In Their Words, Notgrass Company, 2008.

Readings: Taken from:
o Western Civilization, Vol A: To 1500, by Jackson Spielvogel, Thompson Pub. 2009.
o The History of the Ancient World, by Susan Wise Bauer, Norton, 2007.
o An Historical Survey of the Old Testament, by Eugene H. Merrill, Baker Press, 1991.
o Ancient History from Primary Sources; A Literary Timeline, by Bluedorn, 2003.
o Punic Wars and Culture Wars, by Ben Cross, Covenent & Media Press, 2008.
o How Should We Then Live, by Francis A. Schaeffer, Crossway Books, 2005 edition. Also will use the DVD Video series accompanying the textbook.
o Roman Empire, by Nigel Rodgers, Anness Publishing Ltd., 2008.
o Egypt, by Oakes & Gahlin, Anness Publishig Ltd., 2003.
o Other selected historical materials.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to explore the major people, events and issues of the Ancient World with special emphasis upon the history of Western Civilization. It is designed to equip students with a competent knowledge of the roots of Ancient Cultures leading to the development of Western Civilization. The course is designed chronologically, beginning with Pre-history/Creation issues and leading from Ancient Sumer/Mesopotamia through history up through the Reformation of the 16th Century in Europe. The textbooks provide the basic readings for overview and outline and the students will be given extensive readings from the sources listed above and others. Particular attention will be given to the reading of primary source material.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Students will be evaluated through written quizzes and tests, writing assignments and compositions, oral presentations, class discussion/participation and a research paper.

INSTRUCTOR:

Mr. Alan M. Wilson, Th.M., Director of Academics, Veritas Classical Schools, South Carolina.

COURSE NAME: Bible: Genesis; the Book of Beginnings
LEVEL: Honors
CREDIT VALUE: 1 Unit
TERM: 2013 – 2014

MATERIALS:

Textbooks:
o English Standard Bible (strongly recommended, but not required; The English Standard Study Bible, Crossway Press.)
o Supplemental Readings from various Old Testament Commentaries.
o Extended readings from: Genesis, A Commentary, by Bruce K. Waltke, Zondervan Press, 2001.

Readings: Taken from:
o Several scholarly commentaries on Genesis.
o An Historical Survey of the Old Testament, by Eugene H. Merrill, Baker Press, 1991.
o Ancient History from Primary Sources; A Literary Timeline, by Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn, 2003.
o A Chronology of Israel, by Adrian Wolff (a complete history from biblical to modern times)
o A Biblical History of Israel, by Provan, Long, & Longman, Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
o Other selected sources.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to teach the student a thorough knowledge of the book of Genesis in the Bible. This book holds the keys to understanding the rest of the Bible. We will examine the many themes that arise from Genesis and are carried through to the book of Revelation. In addition, students will study the entire book, verse by verse and will also learn how to do biblical research in ancient history and biblical theology. The primary text is, of course, the Bible itself, but we will also be reading a great deal of material from scholarly sources with regard to the history, and hermeneutics of the Old Testament books. Each student will be expected to study and learn the material, read the text and be actively engaged in classroom discussions.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Students will be evaluated through written quizzes and tests, weekly writing assignments and compositions, oral presentations, & class discussion/participation.

INSTRUCTOR:

Rev. Alan M. Wilson, (Th.M. Hebrew and Semitic Languages), Director of Academics, Veritas Classical Schools, South Carolina.

COURSE NAME: Christian Worldview
LEVEL: College Prep
CREDIT VALUE: ½ Unit
TERM: 2013 – 2014
MATERIALS:

Textbooks:
o Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
o Various correlated readings by Lewis and others.
o English Standard Bible

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to explore and understand the essence of Christianity as explained by Christian writer, C. S. Lewis. Lewis is a seminal influence in Christian thought in Western Civilization and students will have the opportunity to read, reflect and write about his views of what Christians truly believe. Understanding Lewis, even if one does not agree with everything he says, is important for Christian students since he commands such widespread and deserved respect in literary and theological circles. Students should walk away with a clearer understanding of the Biblical worldview and the ability to evaluate non-Christian perspectives of life and culture.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Students will be evaluated through written quizzes and tests, weekly writing assignments and compositions, oral presentations, & class discussion/participation.

INSTRUCTOR:

Mr. Alan M. Wilson, (Th.M. Hebrew and Semitic Languages), Director of Academics, Veritas Classical Schools, South Carolina.

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