Jane Austen and Philosophy – Wednesday – Spring 2023 – 5 Weeks – Grades 9 – 12
Wednesday, April 19 2023 @ 1:00PM – Wednesday, May 17 2023 @ 2:30PM EDT
Instructor Email:[email protected]
Grade/Level:9th – 12th
Day of Week:Wednesday
Class Times:1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)
Philosophy means “the love of wisdom”, and the questions philosophers ask are some of the most fundamental questions of life. Studying philosophy helps students expand their worldview, form their own moral codes, and develop their critical thinking skills. One great way for students to delve into these ideas and concepts is through the lens of a favorite work of literature.
In this class, we will discuss philosophical concepts and questions and apply them to the world of Jane Austen’s novels. Additionally, we might find a few minutes to discuss our favorite film adaptations!
This will be a discussion based class looking at a different topic in philosophy each week. We will first discuss a question or idea in general, and then apply what we’ve discussed to the world of Jane Austen. Students should come to class prepared to share their views in a lively conversation, just like Elizabeth Bennet would!
Students will receive approximately one to two hours per week. Assignments will include short writing assignments in response to our discussions.
Students should already have read Pride and Prejudice, and be familiar with the plots of the novels Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion, either by reading them or by watching the 1995 movies of those novels, which are available on YouTube and other streaming platforms.
Students will be given a resource booklet of quotations we will discuss in class.
Please note this is a five-week class. The class will meet on the following days:
Week 1 – Week of April 17
Week 2 – Week of April 24
Week 3 – Week of May 1
Week 4 – Week of May 8
Week 5 – Week of May 15
Make Up Week– Week of May 22
NOTE: Registration deadline is March 20, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.