Introduction to Political Thinking

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Learn to think critically about politics from a distinctively Christian worldview!

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Are you or your child interested in learning about justice, society, politics, and the ideas that shaped Western civilization? If so, now is your chance!

We’re excited to announce that this summer, you can learn about these ideas from a talented teacher and educator–Matthew H. Young. This class–which will count as 1 semester of social science, philosophy, or Great Books credit–will meet online twice weekly for an eight week summer term.

Your student will encounter some of the great political texts of the Western tradition, starting from the Biblical roots and proceeding to  Plato’s Republic, Augustine’s City of God, and John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government. Throughout, students will learn how to think critically about politics from a distinctively Christian worldview.

Your student will also have the opportunity to learn about typical course structure, norms, and grading as a step to preparing for higher education.

Matthew H. Young
(Hal and Melanie’s third son) is a Ph.D. student in Political Theory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an award-winning educator and researcher with strong interests in Christianity and the Western intellectual tradition. He was homeschooled from the beginning and graduated summa cum laude in Political Science and Economics from Berea College.

Contact Matthew via email at matthewyoungteaching(a)

Class Term and Schedule:
May 22 through July 12, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern (10:00-11:30 am Pacific)

This course will comprise a brief—but thorough—introduction to the methods, means, and substance of political thinking in the Western tradition. Students will learn about classic perspectives on humanity, politics, and society by reading and engaging with key texts and thinkers from the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions.

Credit and Schedule:
This class will meet online for 90 minutes twice a week, over an 8-week summer “term”. The instructional content and assignments will be the equivalent of one (1) semester credit at the collegiate level, or one high school credit in philosophy, political science, great books, or social studies.

In addition to encountering and analyzing the foundational texts of Western political theory from a distinctly Christian perspective, students will have the opportunity to practice and hone their rhetorical skills through discussions and written assignments. Lastly, the students will be exposed to traditional seminar-style college instruction, and have the opportunity to learn how to relate to—and communicate effectively with—professors in an advanced environment.

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