INSTITUTE ON GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, AND PHILOSOPHY


Every graduating senior should know the ideas, values and institutions that have shaped the local community, state and nation in which he or she is living. Learning to think clearly about the issues of the day and how we are affected is important, and necessary for every American citizen, and without exception every 8th-12th grade student. 

Let our Institute on Government, Politics and Philosophy help you achieve your goals to teach your student the value of our Constitution, the rights and duties of citizenship, and the importance of critical thinking.


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Courses

Politics and Current Events

Weekly lecture and discussion course primarily focusing on analyzing current political events with an eye toward developing responsible and well-informed citizens. In this course, students will learn the differences between the two major political parties in America, the history of the American political system and how to identify media bias and “spin”, while also learning the meaning of responsible citizenship. The class will be split into two halves. The first half will deal with civics and responsible citizenship and the second half will deal primarily with how to analyze current events. Students will also learn to analyze current events through the lenses of both parties, while also learning to scrutinize news stories through the use of the “6 'W'" questions. This course will cover events of both national and international interest in order to provide students the opportunity to analyze a diverse array of events. This helps develop a well-rounded, informed perspective of the world around them. Assignments for this class include weekly one-page essays on a student-chosen current event, two tests and one final paper.


Introduction to Philosophy

A weekly lecture course primarily focusing on the foundational concepts and definitions of Western philosophy. This course will be a broad overview of the history of philosophy from its inception to the modern day. This overview will be dividied into four areas : the Socratic period, the Scholastic period, the Enlightenment period, and the Modern period. Students will be introduced to the major divisions, issues and schools of philosophy while also learning to analyze philosophical arguments and craft their own. Students will also learn the differences between deductive and inductive logic, develop critical thinking skills, differentiate between and learn how to utilize tools to think deeply about the world around them. Students will also get a brief introduction to major philosophical thinkers and their most enduring works and arguments. Students will write one short essay on a major philosopher and one final essay analyzing a philosophical argument. Class will also include one midterm test. The class will also be expected to follow a reading schedule from the textbook.


U.S. Constitution

A 10-week lecture course on the history of the United States constitution. Students will learn about the rights and liberties contained within it as well as the philosophical ideas that led to its creation and ratification. Students will also learn about continuing and current constitutional controversies.


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About the Instructors

Gerry Coleman
  • US Constitution and US History tutor
  • US Constitution Classes for homeschooled students & public (12 years)
  • Instructor Providence Tutorials at Kings Park Intl Church (Fall 2015)
  • Civics 8th-12th grades
  • Education: Syracuse University, BA in English 

Keifer Wynn
  • Majored in Philosophy and Religion at Covenant College, completing 40 hours in varied philosophy courses including Logic, Metaphysics, Bioethics, Analytic and Continental Philosophy. 
  • Minored in Political Studies completing courses in polling, government, international organizations and U.S election history 
  • Keifer is currently a transfer student at Liberty University Online completing a major in Theological Studies