601 WORLD HISTORY I/THE ANCIENT ERA The development of critical reading and thinking, note taking and writing skills are important goals developed in ninth grade history. The study of ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Persia is the focus of the fall term. Readings in- clude the Old Testament, the Vedic hymns and the Chinese philoso- phers. During the winter term stu- dents study ancient Greek and Ro- man civilizations. Readings are from primary sources such as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristo- phanes, Cicero, Plutarch and Sueto- nius. During the spring term stu- dents explore and study the civiliza- tions of Meso-America and the An- des, pre-Columbian North America and the civilizations of West Africa. Readings are from the Mayan texts and other sources, including the writ- ings of IBN Battuta and Bernal Diaz et Alia. (full year/one credit)
602 WORLD HISTORY II/ THE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN ERAS This course is devoted to the study of European history from 500 CE to the present. The fol- lowing themes and topics are cov- ered: early Christian Europe and Feudalism, the Byzantine Empire and Islamic Civilization, the Ren- aissance and Reformation, the Scientific, Revolution, the Rise of Capitalism and the Atlantic Economy, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon and the Rise of Nationalism, Communism, Fascism, and the twentieth Century. (full year/one credit)
603 US HISTORY The United States History course acquaints students with the devel- opment of American political and economic institutions. We also examine the lives of ordinary peo- ple as they are affected by events, economic change, and social and political struggle. The first term deals with US History through the Civil War, the second term with reconstruction through World War II, and the third term with US History since World War II. (full year/one credit)
HISTORY ELECTIVES History electives are open to 11th and 12th graders and are term long. 10th graders must have permission from the in- structor to be admitted to history electives.
603 GREEK PHILOSOPHY:
It has been said that all of the history of philosophy is merely footnotes to Plato and Aristotle. While this clearly is an exaggera- tion, Greek philosophy is essen- tial to the understanding of clas- sical western culture. One thing that marks Greek philosophy off from contemporary thought is its stress on the practical as- pects of thinking: if an idea is good it should change how you live your life. This course will focus on different theories pro- posed by the ancient Greek thinkers about how to live a good life. Readings will include pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Skepticism and Epicurianism. The primary text for the class will be Plato’s Republic, usually considered both the first political philoso- phy text and one of the most important books ever written. This course will also use poetry, films and some other more modern sources.
(Winter Term/one-third credit)
614 ASIAN RELIGION: There is enormous variety in the religions of Asia. Some of the earliest extant religious texts, the Vedas, have influ- enced religious practice all the way to ancient Greece and from there into classical monotheism. This course will focus primarily on Buddhism, Confucianism, Mohism, Taoism, Shinto, Hinduism and the myriad new religions that have sprung up in Japan and China in the 20th Century. In addition, we will end with recent neurological science tracking the physiological effects of some forms of meditation. (Spring Term/one-third credit)
607 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY This course is designed to introduce students to the discipline of art his- tory through the examination of se- lect topics and themes in art his- tory. Some of the topics we will ex- plore include the role of art in west- ern and non-western societies, and the relationship of art and religion, the function of the modern museum, detection of art forgeries, and the debate surrounding the cleaning of great masterworks. At the completion of this course students will under- stand the role art plays in the lives of human across time and space and the role of the art historian in interpreting a work of art and shaping perceptions of the past. Students will also be in- troduced to the process of art histori- cal writing.
(Spring Term/one-third credit)