Educating Tim

As part of my plan to broaden my general education, I’ve decided to follow in Beccy Merzi’s footsteps and take a unit of study through Open University (for those who are unaware, its a consortium of Australian Universities who offer units and courses of study online).

The course I’ve chosen upon is Great Books 1 through Griffith University. Its summary is:

Embark on a literary journey by reading classic authors and works central to the western literary tradition. You will explore literature from the ancient Greeks, Medieval and Renaissance Europe and the Eighteenth Century. This unit will give you a firsthand acquaintance with five great works of world literature and lay the foundation for a habit of serious reading. The unit provides a solid foundation for later units in literary studies, and requires close, careful and attentive reading, involving significant ethical, imaginative and emotional engagement. The unit will encourage you to see continuities and discontinuities between past cultures and contemporary culture.

In it I shall study The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth and Gulliver’s Travels. I think it will be pretty interesting – more information here.

This shall be in addition to my continuing the theological study I’m doing through the Orthodox Pastoral School where I’m enrolled for next semester in “The Orthodox Church in the 20th and 21st Centuries”.

Should be good!

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7 Responses to “Educating Tim”

  1. JaketheMuss Says:

    This may seem trite coming from someone who is embarking on his third course of tertiary study, however this only makes me think of a scene from Good Will Hunting.

    Why enroll in that course when you could get the same education for $1 in late fees at the library?

  2. Tim Says:

    Two reasons:
    1)Discussion with people
    2)My laziness

  3. JaketheMuss Says:

    I can dig it.

  4. Natalie Says:

    This would be my version of Great Books 1:
    Ancient Roman
    Ovid’s Metamorphoses of Virgil’s Aeneid

    Greek
    Euripides’ Medea or Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

    Medieval
    Agree with Chaucer

    Elizabethan
    Shakespeare’s Othello, Hamlet (although considered more renaissance) or The Tempest
    Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

    Renaissance (btw renaissance is now referred to as ‘early modern’)
    Dante’s Inferno
    Cervante’s Don Quixote
    More’s Utopia

    18th Century
    Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (better than Gulliver’s Travels)
    Wordsworth/Coleridge poetry

  5. JaketheMuss Says:

    I quite enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  6. Jacques Chester Says:

    One of my favourite day dreams is to wind up here for 4 years:
    http://stjohnscollege.edu/

  7. Tim Says:

    Oh wow! I can see why!

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