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Get complete lesson plans, schedule and teaching notes for the 36-week World History and Worldview Studies course.
Explore the rise and fall of influential ideologies
- Discover in historical context the ideas that have shaped history.
- Learn how key worldviews developed and how they impact the way individuals make sense of reality.
- Understand the consequences of past and present philosophies.
- Accompany your students as they develop a sound, discerning approach to historical and biblical worldviews, and solidify their own beliefs.
What's in a worldview?
From ancient times to modern days, history has impacted the world in significant ways. Typical approaches to history tend to focus on names, dates and events. But what's behind it all? Why do humans behave as we do? Where do the beliefs that drive our behaviors originate?
Every individual has an underlying worldview. A worldview is simply how we see and make sense of reality. When we understand the ideologies to which we subscribe, consciously or not, we can also gain insight into why we think as we do about truth, faith, science, art, education and many other issues.
We created World History and Worldview Studies to give your 17- and 18-year-old (and advanced 16-year-old) students an understanding of the important ideas and philosophies that have influenced our world through the ages. It will help them think deeply about issues of personal, social and ethical significance. What's more, it will provide a platform for you to discuss together, examine and help solidify the belief system that will guide your children and ultimately serve as a lifelong compass.
36 weeks of History and Bible
World History and Worldview Studies 520 is a 36-week course that provides an expansive look at history and also includes distinctive Christian commentary. Pair it with any upper-level Literature course to create the program that best serves your students.
Spanning ancient history through the start of the 21st century, Streams of Civilization, Volumes 1 and 2, anchor the history portion of the course. Written by Christian authors, these books not only provide a beautiful historical overview, but also weave in unique insights and analysis about science, music, art, architecture, pop culture and other topics of interest throughout.
Four equally engaging books lay the foundation for the Bible segment of the course:
The Universe Next Door introduces your children to nine prominent worldviews, such as deism, existentialism, naturalism and nihilism.
Total Truth integrates the history of ideas with their relevance to Christianity on a practical level.
Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult gives your students a brilliant introduction to key topics: reasoning, ultimate reality, morality and more.
Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans takes your learners on an illuminating journey where they'll encounter the ideas of history's principal philosophers, including Aristotle, Augustine, Nietzsche, Marx and others.
Combine with other courses
What's the perfect complement for World History and Worldview Studies? Customizable upper-level options leave that decision in your hands. Depending on what works best for your students, you can team this course with one of our 36-week high school Literature courses to create the complete experience (with all associated benefits) you want.
You also have the flexibility to combine 520 with other upper-level courses of your choice, such as Psychology, Economics, College and Career Planning and What Good Is Christianity? as well as Science and Math.
With History 500 You Receive
Your History and Bible 520 course includes both a Parent Guide and a Student Guide. This format allows your learners to study independently, but also supports accountability. As your students work through the topics and questions in their guide, you can easily walk alongside, accessing answers, notes and other helpful tools that let you monitor their understanding and progress, discuss issues and become involved to the extent desired.
Your IGs also include more than 30 supplementary articles on wide-ranging subjects, from Taoism to technology. These contain additional insights to help you successfully address challenging topics that are introduced.
To see how the Instructor's Guides can make the learning and teaching process more enjoyable and effective, request a free sample that takes you through the first three weeks.
Your primary texts for the history portion of this course are Streams of Civilization, Volumes 1 and 2. The first covers ancient history through the early 16th century. The second continues the story, accompanying learners through the beginning of the 21st century. Through it all, Christian authors offer a presentation of world history that strives for balance and objectivity and also seeks to remedy perceived deficiencies in common secular accounts.
As your students journey through time, they will unearth fascinating discoveries across a spectrum of key topics, such as:
- How it all began: men, monkeys and missing links
- The dawn of civilizations and rise of kingdoms
- The darkening of the Western mind
- Evolutionary optimism and Romanticism
- Conflict between secular culture and the Church
- Much more!
As your students view the flow of human history and accompanying worldviews from a God-infused perspective, they are invited to see a divine plan and purpose through all of time, and to realize their unique place in it.
Bible and Worldview
Four books by Christian writers aid your students in worldview understanding. These provide the cornerstone of study for the Bible portion of this course:
The Universe Next Door: a Basic Worldview Catalog
Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: a Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions
Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans: An Introduction to Key Thinkers and Philosophers
As they develop a discerning approach to the Bible and worldviews, grow in spiritual maturity and flesh out their personal beliefs under your watchful care, your students will be deeply rooted, prepared to make a positive difference in God's kingdom.
Please note: This is the package to purchase if you want to "mix and match" to customize and create a unique high school course that meets your student's interests and academic goals.
To customize and create your own History / Bible / Literature program, simply select this package and additionally select any Literature 100-500 course.