Old Western Culture: Early Moderns, is a full-year literature and history curriculum for high school students (and above). Learn about the greatest and most influential works from the early modern period. Study the poetry, theology, novels, and political treatises of this period from a Christian perspective.
Rise of England
Poetry and Politics
Early Moderns Includes:
- 1 full year of instruction divided into four units: Rise of England, Poetry and Politics, The Enlightenment, and The Novels.
- 48 lectures.
- 30-40 minutes per lecture.
- 4 quarterly exams.
- Through the Old Western Culture Readers, an edition of the works covered for each unit.
Hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more woven into the video lessons.
Lecture List For Rise of England
- Introduction to Early Moderns
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- Shakespeare’s Sonnets
- Shakespeare’s King Lear
- Shakespeare’s Richard III
- Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
- Metaphysical Poets: John Donne
- Metaphysical Poets: George Herbert and Marvell
- Introduction to Milton
- Paradise Lost I
- Paradise Lost II
- Paradise Lost III
Lecture List for Poetry and Politics
- Introduction to Enlightenment
- Alexander Pope I
- Alexander Pope II
- Edmund Burke I
- Edmund Burke II
- Romantic Poetry I
- Romantic Poetry II
- Victorian Poetry and Democracy in America
- Edgar Allen Poe
- Victorian Poetry I
- Victorian Poetry II
- Victorian Poetry III
Lecture List for The Enlightenment
- Introduction: What Is the Enlightenment?
- The Scientific Revolution: An Overview
- Galileo Moves the Earth
- The Galileo Affair
- Descartes & Skepticism
- Descartes’ Search for Certainty
- Did Descartes Succeed?
- Descartes & the Scientific Revolution
- Isaac Newton Takes the Throne
- Hume: Taking Skepticism Seriously
- Kant’s Answer to Hume
- Thomas Reid & Genuine Enlightenment
Lecture List for The Novels
- Introduction to The Novels
- Jane Austen I
- Jane Austen II
- Charles Dickens
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Russian Short Stories
- J. R. R. Tolkien I: Fairy-Stories and The Lord of the Rings
- J. R. R. Tolkien II: Escape, Consolation, and Eucatastrophe
- J. R. R. Tolkien III: Themes in The Lord of the Ring
- C. S. Lewis I
- C. S. Lewis II
- Overview of Old Western Culture and the 20th Century
What is “Old Western Culture”?
“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the Unites States.
– It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization.
– It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity.
– It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art.
– It is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use.
We bring a master-teacher into your home, and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.