Is there a connection between genius & madness, creativity & insanity?
In this class, students will join others in lively discussions as we try to define “normal” and determine whether creativity is ingenuity, inspiration, or insanity.
Students will trace the history of social and artistic transgression, read texts from Plato to Poe, and discuss when and why our culture decided to call a madman a genius and a genius mad.
Along the way, students will participate in writing assignments designed to help them develop college-level writing skills, and will be introduced to select humanities subjects, such as comparative literature, Medieval studies, history, anthropology, art history, romance studies, German studies, music, and philosophy.
OUR APPROACH TO SOCIAL SCIENCES
Polyhistoria classes emphasize critical thinking, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. We believe that students learn social sciences best by doing what professional academics do.
(Read more about our approach to history.)
In this class, students will:
- Learn advanced methods of critical thinking and literary analysis.
- Read from novels and medical works, poetry and philosophy, novellas, and historical accounts.
- Consider canonical texts from European and American figures such as Aristotle, Shakespeare, Freud, Emerson, and Kafka, among others.
- Improve interpretive skills and learn the fundamentals of college-level writing.
- Be introduced to select humanities subjects, such as comparative literature, Medieval studies, history, anthropology, art history, romance studies, German studies, music, and philosophy.
1) Students’ cameras and microphones must be turned on during the class.
2) This class requires the continuous use of logical thinking & hypothetical reasoning skills to critically and creatively analyze the topics covered in the class. These cognitive functions are generally not sufficiently developed until a student is 13+ years old. Students must have the ability to think critically and logically to analyze the topics covered in the class.
This class is designed to include lots of interaction and discussion. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions aimed at helping them practice their skills.
Assignments will be posted on the classroom wall each week for students and will include reading, researching, and writing.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 – 2 hours per week outside of class.
Meets once a week for 8 weeks
4 – 9 learners, ages 13-17