- This course is offered on Tuesdays.
- Please note, this is a one semester/.5 credit course
that is only offered in the SECOND SEMESTER.
- This course is open to 9th-12th grade students.
Text: (provided via lab fee)
- Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews
The content for this course is fully digital.
The course fee will go toward purchase of a student license.
(From the publisher) Our world revolves around ideas.
Politicians, military leaders, CEOs, media moguls, and academics may think they are in charge of world affairs,
but what they think—the ideas in their heads—actually control them.
Ideas are the guiding force behind every twist and turn in public opinion.
They determine what we accept or reject in the arts, media, business, science, education, politics, family, church, and the list goes on endlessly.
We cannot understand what’s going on in the world until we look below the surface at the ideas that influence our beliefs and behaviors.
These ideas can be grouped into six major worldviews.
This curriculum is about the ideas that construct our worldviews.
Everyone has a worldview, which helps them interpret what is happening around them.
Christianity has an explanation for reality, but so does Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism.
Each of these worldviews is founded upon a pattern of interconnected ideas.
These worldviews dictate (consciously or unconsciously) how we interpret and respond
to issues like stem-cell research, abortion, transgenderism, human rights, poverty, technology, etc.
- Class time will be devoted to enrichment activities and discussion
of the previous week’s readings and videos.
- A short quiz will be given at the beginning of each class session.
- Weekly homework will consist of reading the assigned chapter,
answering discussion questions, and preparing for the weekly quiz.
- In order to receive full credit work must be received by midnight of the due date.
- Half credit given if received by midnight, Wednesday, of the following week.
- Zero points given if received after that, except in case of illness, or if other arrangements have been made.
- 40% participation
- 30% quizzes
- 30% homework / project
- Participation is vital in a class such as this.
Participation means coming to class prepared and engaging with the
tutor and fellow students about the ideas and concepts covered in that week's homework.
Specific Requirements / Supplies:
- As most of the homework for this course will be completed via the Understanding the Times app/website,
a computer or laptop running Google Chrome (specifically) or an iPad/iOS device is required for this course.
- notebook or three-ring binder for taking notes in-class