World Views of the Western World, Year 2

Instructor: Sue Watanabe


Satisfying requirements for English, History, Bible/Theology, Art History and American Government.

Main Focus: World Views of the Western World II employs a unified study of academics—world history, literature, Bible, theology, American Government, art and music— while exploring the foundation and formation of Western civilization under a framework of biblical principles. This course is second in a series of three high school classes, each being equivalent to between 35 and 45 high school units. Students, though, are not required to take all three classes. These three rigorous 34-week studies of Western civilization follow changes in philosophies through time and their implications and consequences to society. This course aims at equipping students to meet the questions the culture is asking them about what they believe and why it is relevant in the post-modern world in which we live. World views provide the fact-based background and knowledge to analyze the problems facing the world today. Classics are a primary focus and are studied with an eye to understanding the world view that influenced their creation. Each class uses a syllabus containing thoughtful questions and information for each section of study, challenging students to think and reflect on the material before the class meeting. Class discussion allows the student to share ideas and for the teacher to ensure each student has correctly understood key concepts. Instead of tests, students are given instruction for forming what they learn into written words, a profitable challenge, because one has to understand a topic well in order to write about it.

Course Length: Two Semesters, 34 weeks

Credit: 10 units each for English, History, Bible/Theology, and 5 units American Government

Type of Class: Weekly Group Class emphasizing discussion

Questions: Email Susan Watanabe at

Recommendations: Students should be at least tenth grade

Class Fee payable to Susan Watanabe: $80/person per month

Prerequisites: Students are not required to take all three classes or to take them in order.

Unique strengths of this course:

  • Academic disciplines are studied together.
  • Each subject and year interrelates and expands knowledge in core academic disciplines and the truths of the Bible.
  • Develops reading, evaluation, discussion and writing skills.
  • Course content requires students to read, learn, and evaluate on their own before further analysis and discussion in class.
  • Uses the Bible as a coherent, unified system, a framework against which information can be organized and analyzed.
  • All ideas are examined against the Biblical world view, forming a life habit of checking viewpoints against the truths of the Bible and preparing students to give Christian answers in all fields of study.

Unified Study >> Analysis >> Biblical World View Foundation

Philosophy: Art Literature History Science Government Music Economics >>

Compare against the Truths of the Bible >>

Finely tuned, lifelong skill to assess changing philosophies and their impact on daily life

Course Description: World Views of the Western World Year II: The Grandeur of Christianity and the Revolutionary Age takes the student from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Reformation and the American, French, and Russian revolutions. While reading original documents from the Reformation through the period of our nation’s founding, students come to understand why we can confidently say our country has a Christian foundation. This culminates in comparing the beliefs behind the French and Russian revolutions with those of the American Revolution.

Year II Book List

  • Answers for Difficult Days
  • Divine Comedy: Hell
  • Divine Comedy: Purgatory
  • Institutes of Christian Religion
  • The Gift of Music (partial)
  • Paradise Lost
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • The Patriot’s Handbook (partial)
  • The Second Treatise of Government
  • Reasonableness of Christianity
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  • The Federalist Papers (partial)
  • The Anti-Federalist Papers (partial)
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Law
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Animal Farm

Dramatized Audios:

  • The Prince
  • Leviathan
  • Two Treatises of Government
  • Common Sense
  • Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolution – Parts 1, 2
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Text of the US Constitution
  • Ratification Debates
  • Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Reflections on the French Revolution
  • The Rights of Man
  • Democracy in America
  • Social Contract
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Reformation Overview DVD