Spring Semester Courses

Taking a break from all the Metal mayhem, I’ll provide my traditional course assessment for the new semester. I’m turning up the heat and tackling 21, count ‘em 21 credits this spring. Among them are three languages, so it should be a lot of fun.

Italian I

Even before showing up I knew this class would be easy. Italian is basically a cross between French and Latin, two languages I’m very familiar with of course. I’m taking this course for two reasons. First, it will be useful when I travel to Rome (for sure the highlight of my life!), and it’s a part of my Honors thesis project, which involves Dante’s Inferno, my second favorite book of all time. Even more exciting about the thesis is that I’ll be translating part of my first favorite book, Vergil’s Aeneid.

 Latin Prose of the Late Republic & Early Empire

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This next installment of the advanced Latin sequence focuses on the prose writings of Julius Caesar and Cornelius Tacitus and their discourses on Roman Britain. This class has only three people, the “Triumvirate” of James Brophy, Joe Mileson and myself, with Tina Passman ex cathedra. Since it’s just us, we’re shooting for a graduate-calibre pace. My first assignment was over 500 lines!

 Educational Psychology

This is the final entry-level requirement for secondary ed. majors, before I submit my “e-folio” and qualify for advanced teaching courses. As the name implies, this explores the role of psychology in accounting for students’ behavior and learning in the classroom. So far we’ve covered theories of learning/cognitive development and how they apply to the teaching practice.

 Civilizations: Past Present & Future IV

This final chapter of the epic Honors tetrarchy brings us to the threshold of the 20th century. With thousands of years of history, philosophy and science behind us we now see how minds such as Nietzsche, Freud and Du Bois apply and synthesize ideas into a new century of modern thought. My love for antiquity will be challenged, but I anticipate on gaining more appreciation for more recent discourses. Better yet, Zev is in my preceptorial seminar, forming yet another intellectual triumvirate with our partner in crime, Quinn.

 Elementary Ancient Greek II

14293116This is a continuation of the course with the book Athenaze, which is the Greek equivalent to Ecce Romani. This semester is just four of us: the Latin Triumvirate plus Megan. So now it’s more like the cast of Seinfeld. Now that we’ve streamlined we’re picking up the pace and should be reading Thucydides in no time (well not quite).

Introduction to Astronomy

I actually took astronomy in high school in place of physics. The subject always interested me, despite its use of mathematics. I needed to satisfy a science-lab prerequisite and this was more fun than geology or biology, but less math-intensive than chemistry or physics. The class consists of lectures by the eccentric Dr. Comins, and a laboratory unit taught by a Chinese TA whose English is barely intelligible. It’s a good thing I’m already learned on this subject or I’d be completely lost.

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