In setting up our summer camps, I chose subjects that would be fun but also lay a foundation for future studies. The upcoming history camp does just that. We have an instructor who is on fire for all things history and so makes the subject exciting for his students. His topic for summer is Foundations of Christian Historiography. In other words, the study of the study of history.
The student who completes this camp will leave with the ability to see beyond political correctness and put historical events into perspective as well as learn how to write a good history research paper.
(Click on link above for registration information)Dates: Daily, June 14 to June 17, 2010
Total classes: 4
Starting time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Fee: $50 for entire 4-class course. $10 Early Registration Discount before April 30, 2010
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
Course description: Foundations of Christian Historiography explores the discipline of history from a Christian worldview. This course will educate students in the various ways people have viewed history throughout the ages, discuss the importance of retaining a Christian framework in our pursuit of historical studies, and train students to see subtle (or not so subtle) anti-Christian presuppositions in popular portrayals of historic events. Students will also learn how to prepare and draft research papers on historical topics, including how to utilize source material and cite sources. This class is essential for anyone interested in studying history at the college level and will be helpful for all Catholics, for whom history, tradition and theology are so tightly interwoven.
June 14th: Historical Interpretations - A survey of various schemes that different cultures and thinkers have used to interpret history throughout the ages, starting at the ancient world and going through the modern age.
June 15th: Centrality of the Incarnation- How the Incarnation of Christ is the central event of human history and why all history ought to be interpreted in light of this event.
June 16th: Historical Sources- Learning to find and utilize primary and secondary sources in historical research and identifying anti-Christian bias in the work of other historians/textbooks.
June 17th: Writing for History- A step-by-step tutorial on how to construct a well researched and well written history paper. This class will cover structure, content, style and citations.
Homework: This is a lecture course with no homework. Optional homework with answer keys will be made available for parents.
Course materials: Will be available free online or from your library.
Instructor's 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 teaches history for a homeschool enrichment program. He is the author of the fantasy novel Tale of Manaeth and is currently working on the sequel. Mr. Campbell and his wife of eight years homeschool their three children.
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