Wisdom 503

 Perelandra College Syllabus 

Class title:   WISE PEOPLE OF THE MODERN ERA, Wisdom 503
Class Schedule:   Self-paced, recommend 12 weeks
Class Location/Times:  On-line. This course is asynchronous, meaning that assignments can be completed and submitted at any time within the limits specified by the professor.

Class Description:  Engaging with several influential modern and contemporary authors.

Class Materials:

C.S. Lewis,  Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Dallas Willlard, Hearing God
Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines
|Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World.

Should you decided to purchase any or all of the texts through the links at perelandra.edu/books, the college will receive a small kickback and thereby help us keep tuition to a minimum.

Professor’s Name, Telephone, E-mail Address, Availability:

Ken Kuhlken
ken@perelandra.edu
www.kenkuhlken.net
619-335-0441

Prefer email. Please no phone calls evenings or weekends unless a matter is urgent.

Professor’s  Bio:

Some of Ken’s favorites are early mornings, the desert in spring, kind and honest people, baseball and other sports played by those who don’t take themselves too seriously, most kids, and films he and his Zoe can enjoy together.

He reads a lot.

He has long been the author of novels, stories, articles, poems, and essays. Lots of honors have come his way, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; Poets, Essayists and Novelist’s Ernest Hemingway Award; Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel and Shamus Best Novel; and several San Diego and Los Angeles Book Awards.

In Writing and the Spirit, he offers a wealth of advice to writers and everyone looking for inspiration.

He has taught all kinds of literature and writing at the University of Arizona, California State University, Chico, San Diego State University, Christian Heritage College, and Perelandra College.

Ken resides online at: www.kenkuhlken.net

Class Objectives:  Students will experience close reading of difficult texts and will grow in their ability to respond to the reading in a variety of literary genres.

Class Evaluation Criteria
This is a competency-based class. In order to receive credit, students must demonstrate the evidence of competency given for each lesson.

Grading is CR (credit) or NR (no record)**. At the conclusion of the class, the professor provides a summary appraisal of the student’s work and progress toward meeting his or her writing goals.

LESSONS 

Lesson 1:  

Read: Mere Christianity

Write*: a substantial essay, sermon, story or poem expressing in your own way an argument for Christianity the author makes, or an argument against his argument.

Evidence of Competency: Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.


Lesson  2:

Read: The Great Divorce

Write* an essay, sermon, story or poem either defending or refuting the strategy (or Lewis’s success or failure with) using the story format present or clarify a certain spiritual position or theme.

Evidence of Competency: Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.

Lesson  3:

Read: Hearing God

Write* an essay, sermon, story or poem detailing your own experience of communicating with (or listening to) God and how it compares or contrasts with Dr. Willard  teaches or suggests.

Evidence of Competency:  Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.

Lesson  4:

Read: The Spirit of the Disciplines

Write*, in any prose or poetic form, a fictional encounter with Dallas Willard in which you debate the relevance or efficacy of one of the spiritual disciplines advocated in the text.

Evidence of Competency:  Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, compelling structure, and logical development.

Lesson Five:

Read: Beauty Will Save the World

Participate in an interview by phone, Zoom, or another alternative method, wherein you exhibit an ability to compare, contrast, or otherwise relate the ideas of one thinker we have read in the class to another or others.

* Notes about the writing assignments. 1) No more than two of the four assignments should be in the form of fiction or poetry. At least two should be written as argumentative or personal essays.  In all, the four writing assignments should total at least around 5000 words (around 20 typed pages).  2) The topics given are merely suggestions. Alternate topics are encouraged though they should be pre-approved by the professor.

** The NR grade means that, although the conditions explained in the enrollment agreement apply, no record of this class will appear on the student transcript.