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History 11

Era of Christendom

This course is an introduction to the post-Pagan Roman world (which encompassed the province of Britannia, in the west, to the Kingdoms of Armenia and Georgia in the east), and to the expansion and transformation of that world, i.e. the new lands won for Christ by missionaries and the renewal or abolition of many western and central European institutions and traditions. More than this, the Kolbe 11th grade History Course is an attempt to present as an elaborate thriving organism, an often slandered or overlooked period in which the Christian ideal shaped and inspired the social and political order.

Course Description

Students will study this era through its sources, occasionally comparing them against the judgments of modern historians, in order to form an impression that is marred neither by the pejoratives of progressives nor the sense of vindication often voiced by Catholics. Students will be able to identify the greater themes of this era and to distinguish between the vagaries of life in this (or any) era, the anomalies of this era, and its ideals. An over-emphasis on particulars—a trick of progressive and anti-Catholic historians—is misleading. Similarly, the person who passes judgment on this era with reference to only the political formulations issued by popes and the recorded aspirations of saints will have obscured or overlooked a very complex culture. In short, the goal is to let this era manifest itself to the student, while supplying occasional readings or glosses that put the readings in proper context.

For this reason, the Kolbe 11th Grade curriculum is entitled The Era of Christendom, rather than "Dark Ages Curriculum", for the designation "Dark Ages" is shamefully derogatory and unscientific, as the historian Theodor Ernst Mommsen observed. We feel it is important therefore that even something so seemingly insignificant as the title of the course suggest a fresh approach to this subject.

 

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • 11th Grade History: The Era of Christendom Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing - Digital copy provided with self-paced course. Optional physical copy available for purchase under the History 11 "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore.
  • Byzantium: Church, Society, and Civilization Seen through Contemporary Eyes, Deno Geanakoplos
  • Viking Portable Medieval Reader, James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin
  • Chronicles, Froissart, Jean

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Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 

11HistorySample.pdf

Course Details:

NOTE:  This self-paced course will be available in its new format by August 22, 2017.  It is still available in it's original format.  If you are interested in the original version, please call Kolbe at 707-255-6499 to inquire.  

Should you purchase the original and want to update to the new course, you can do so by paying the remaining difference in price for the new version.

Section Number

SPH-11HIST

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (11th)

Video Presenter

Mr. Schultz

Tuition

$499

Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance
(Optional)

$200

Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation

 K

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II

Online Companion Courses

Literature of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.

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