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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Catholic History Online Course: High School, Part 2

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History: The Age of the Religious Wars (1560-1648)

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This is the second of a two-part series which can be taken together or separately.

Session dates: Mondays, April 12 to May 17, 2010
Total sessions: 6
Starting time: 10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (9:00 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Phillip Campbell

This course is regularly $90 for the entire 6 weeks. Early registration discount: $15 off if registered by December 31, 2009

Course description:
Recommended for 11th to 12th grade.

In this second six week course, students will see how the ideologies of Protestantism affected the various nations of Europe politically and how many of the attitudes and assumptions of modernity are rooted in 16th and 17th century developments. Students will also learn how the Church responded to these changes to the traditional order.

(First course in this series: History: Roots of the Revolt (1417-1560)

Course outline:
1) Consolidation of English Protestantism: The anti-Catholic measures of Edward VI and Elizabeth of England and the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

2) The True Reformation: A look at the true Reformation, the so-called "Counter Reformation" of the Church and the Council of Trent.

3) French Wars of Religion: A look at the religious strife in late 16th century France between the Catholics and the Huguenots.

4) The Spanish-English Wars: The dissolution of Anglo-Spanish relations, culminating in the epic and disastrous defeat of the Spanish in 1588; the origin of the "Black Legend" of Spanish cruelty.

5) The Thirty Years' War: The final religious conflict in Europe that raged from 1618 to 1648 and how it changed the political and religious outlook of Europe.

6) The Stalemate: Survey of the state of the revolt in various countries by 1648 and how the mentality of the revolt took root in the development of the American colonies.

Homework will consist of readings from primary source documents available online, as well as the completion of a series of mini-essay questions weekly. There are no questions due the first day of class, but students should read the Catholic Encyclopedia article on the Western Schism, which is available at the following link(

Series description:
The Protestant Revolt: The Rending of Christendom (1417-1648)
High school students will analyze the causes and outcomes of the Protestant Revolt and will get an in depth analysis of the important personalities of the period, coupled with a philosophical explication of their varied ideologies; a Catholic apologetic to Protestant doctrines will be also be present throughout the series. We will begin by looking at the precursors to the Revolt, beginning in the aftermath of the Western Schism, and will end with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 at the end of the last of the religious wars. There will also be an emphasis on the importance of the "Counter Reformation" within the Catholic Church and how it shaped Catholic identity for the succeeding centuries.

High School Credit: 1/2 semester. For a full semester credit in history, precede with Mr. Campbell's History: Roots of the Revolt (1417-1560)

Equipment requirements
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone. Can be found locally or at

Instructor biography:
Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European History from Ave Maria University and is pursuing graduate studies in education at Madonna University. He is a Youth Director and he also teaches history for a Homeschool Enrichment Program. Mr. Campbell and his wife of eight years homeschool their three children.

Mr. Campbell is indeed a favorite of my daughter. Thank you for making our history come alive for our children. Because they are learning it so well, maybe they will be the positive change our world is in such need of. God bless you.
- Marti, homeschool mother

Mr. Campbell is terrific and I'm learning so much! I really enjoy the stories he tells about the people involved in historical events. It makes it real to me.
- Margaret, student

Mr. Campbell will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.

Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.

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