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In this self-paced course are power point presentations and quizzes that are designed to teach the participant about themselves, systems, and group dynamics. Each of the topics presented relate to one or more of the 7 identified aspects of our individual and collective lives; physical, mental, emotional, vocational, social, intellectual and spiritual. As the participant participates, it is expected that he or she will learn something about their "self", the intricate and organic workings of systems, and how common difficulties related to facilitating cohesive (working) groups can be either overcome, or minimized.
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This is a Professional Development workshop that is being used as a model for exploration and instruction for quickly getting acquainted with the various activities that college instructors can use when teaching online courses.
As a part of our Economics minor, and just a really interesting course otherwise, this is Sherman Institute’s spin on personal budgeting and financial management. Instead of teaching the “how tos” of bank accounts, investments, and the like, our course teaches the downside of participation, how much money is saved staying outside the systems, and even the ethics required to resist the temptation to use all the systemic tools designed to drive a family into debt and deeper into the slavery systems. Household budgeting, scam avoidance, living without insurance or licensing, and not buying things with coupons just because you have them – all such subjects are fair game in this Mathematics course "Do the math" -- and you will. Mortgage calculations, interest rates etc.
[More INFO] CE-2 is a short course designed primarily for candidates seeking state and local elected office. Activists who are upgrading their status in the battle find campaigs a whole new level of interesting, navigating mine fields of legal requirements and other new situations. Three instructors with specialty experience help with WRITING (platforms, speeches, briefs), LAW (fund raising, ethics law, ballot access) and CAMPAIGNING (networking, outreach, calendar management and more). Take this course in one day, with several lectures and resources for further study. S.I. also offers several programs and collections of much deeper, full semester Political Science courses for advancing your education.
[More INFO] This course is designed to establish a baseline of economic knowledge for incoming students. The final exam for this course is the entrance exam required prior to enrolling in other Sherman Institute courses on Economics (255 & 455), which build on the foundations from this point. This course is also made available as a Continuing Education offering for personal enrichment, and those who want to use “hard money” in their daily transactions. Several videos, several monographs to read, and the final exam comprise this short course, which can easily be completed, start to finish, in under a week.
This is a short introduction to political activism at the state level, intended for new activists -- teaching the basics of navigating the state political system. It may be taken as pure Continuing Education (CE), or as a launch vehicle into deeper political science courses at Sherman Institute. Also, it may be taken "in person" as part of live, local seminars, or purely on-line through our virtual campus. Two days of hands-on training feature (day one) a 4 hour classroom learning many of the basics and (day two) a field trip to the state capitol to apply what is learned in the classroom.
[More INFO] From the Charters creating the original colonies, through independence and state constitutions, a look at the similarities and differences among the styles and functions of modern state governments is given. Particular attention is given to the "rules" governing state legislative assemblies, including the Jefferson's and (Paul) Mason's Manuals of Legislative Procedure, and Robert's Rules of Order. Students select which to study, based on which is used in their home state assembly bodies. (Required for Political Science students, elective for others.)
In the summer of 1787, fifty-five delegates from the newly independent states met to frame a new alliance. A detailed study of the notes of James Madison puts the student through the struggles that created a great new nation. (Required for Political Science students, elective for others.)
[More INFO] A Sherman Institute exclusive, this replacement for traditional “American National Government 101” course offerings uses both the United States Government Manual (USGM) and a specifically designed text to contrast the nation of 1789 to that of today. We will identify all major components of the Federal government, learn how they influence state and international affairs, and much more. (Required for Poli-Sci students, elective all others.)
A Sophomore continuation of course #PS-153, with a focus on state constitutions – both historic and modern versions. The student is able to drill down on their own state’s constitutional history, enabling them the strongest localized academic pursuit. (Required for Bachelors Poli-Sci students, strongly recommended for the Associate candidate, elective all others. Course PS-153 required prior to enrollment.)
[More INFO] This course is given to orient the student to those elements of Economics common to many modern movements involving restoration of gold and silver coin into circulation. The Constitution’s monetary powers, modern legislative proposals, state powers over economics, and other considerations are covered. Two textbooks are used for this course. (Information in the syllabus for enrolled students.) This course is required for all Political Science Degree-seeking students. It is also offered as a Continuing Education option, and is a component of other certificate programs. If uncertain of its required or elective status, check with your Dean, or e-mail the Instructor.
From Magna Charta to today, trials have consequences. American governance has assorted plans involving the judiciary branch of government, and citizen-based juries
and grand juries to handle the case load. Among many other studies involved in this course, the “Petty Offense Doctrine” of modern thinking is also included. A Poli-Sci student needs this course for understanding the nuances of these state and federal
systems. (Required, Bachelor Poli-Sci students, strongly recommended for 2nd
year Associate Poli-Sci students, elective all others.)
[More Info] (Torah / Pentateuch) Part of both A.L.A. and B.L.A requirements for Theology students will be the complete reading and discussion of key elements of the entire English bible. This is the beginning phase of that project, covering Genesis through Deuteronomy.
[More INFO] By the conclusion of this course, the student will have explored the main Protestant Denominations, their growth in Europe (if applicable), their founders/leaders, and their growth in the United States. Specific topics include Overview of Protestant Reformation theology, Anabaptists, Baptists, Anglican (Episcopal), Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, UCC (Congregationalist), Presbyterian, Protestant Social Movements in the United States, Protestant Revival Movements in the United States, Protestant para-church Movements in the United States. This course is for the A.L.A. Theology student, as a condensed version of the 332 & 333 courses required of Bachelor's students.
[More INFO] A look at those historical and contemporary situations where politics and religion collide in societies, to include the influence those situations had on the founding of America. (Required for Bachelor Theology students, recommended for Associate Theology & Political Science students, elective all others.)
This course was designed for the use of those who feel weak in their baseline of knowledge in American and World History subjects. It contains electronic, antiquarian textbooks that the student can read, study, take practice tests included, view assorted historical maps, history timelines, and other general materials. It is STRONGLY recommended that students browse and use these course materials prior to enrolling in any S.I. History course numbered 200 or above.
[More INFO] This course traces the timeline of world events, empires and national development, including the key players that helped write human progress. It is principally based on Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” with ancillary texts (Plutarch, etc.) covering other epochs of history. (Required, all programs.)
[More INFO] By the end of this course, the student will have examined the causes, major battles, turning points and aftermath of the American Civil War. Major topics will include Bleeding Kansas, 1861 – mid-1863: Superior Southern generalship, July-December 1863: Tipping point of the Civil War (Vicksburg, Tullahoma, Gettysburg, Chickamauga), Sherman invades Georgia, Grant vs. Lee in Virginia, The end of the War; the Lincoln Assassination, Aftermath and impact, Prison Camps and prisoner exchanges, The best and worst generals of the Civil War, and Innovations of the Civil War.
As with other languages, Sherman Institute offers a full year (four semesters) of Hebrew studies. Required for B.L.A. (Theology) students, or an elective for others, this collection of courses teaches biblical Hebrew, and touches some of the periphery (Yiddish, Aramaic). It is also a reading/writing emphasis to actually learn the language. Understanding “root language” for Old Testament (Tanak) studies, the ability to function inside a Synagogue, and other practical purposes attach to this course.
[More INFO] Though an unused general language today, the influence of Latin on the fields of Law, Theology, Medicine and others cannot be over-looked. This course uses a grammar-based approach of actually learning the language – reading and writing Latin. Instead of cookie-cutter “phrase memorization” – you will work toward proficiency in the language for whatever your needs might be. It is a single, structured program occupying full four semesters (one year). Each continues where the previous leaves off. Students are cautioned not to overlap multiple foreign language studies during single semesters to prevent confusion. .
[More INFO] As a part of our Economics minor, and just a really interesting course otherwise, this is Sherman Institute’s spin on personal budgeting and financial management. Instead of teaching the “how tos” of bank accounts, investments, and the like, our course teaches the downside of participation, how much money is saved staying outside the systems, and even the ethics required to resist the temptation to use all the systemic tools designed to drive a family into debt and deeper into the slavery systems. Household budgeting, scam avoidance, living without insurance or licensing, and not buying things with coupons just because you have them – all such subjects are fair game in this Mathematics course "Do the math" -- and you will. Mortgage calculations, interest rates etc.
[More Info] A practical approach to biology from the standpoint of plant, animal and fish production in gardens, farms and small ponds and lakes. Also includes a study of the biblical commandments relating to agriculture and foods, with some modern scientific evidence of the wisdom behind these biblical admonitions. (Science elective for all programs.)
[More INFO] Designed for the activist, musician, or aspiring sound technician, this course gives a full-spectrum look at both electricity/electronics science concepts, and the more involved elements of audio technology from the standpoint of the sound and recording systems involved. Those who will ever have a microphone or video camera along, handle sound systems for political rallies, churches, musicians, or who otherwise need to know about audio system components and how they interact should take this course. There is a small amount of basic mathematics involved with Ohm's Law computations. We also review the public address systems used in various situations.
An introduction to, and detailed studies of, weather, weather patterns, earth science pertaining to the atmosphere, and related course materials. A module of this course also looks at aspects of man-made weather & manipulation. Another prepares the student to take the NOAA examination for certification as a SkyWarn spotter/reporter for the National Weather Service in the student's NOAA/NWS region.
The writings of Galileo, and other classic observers of the heavens, are brought to our students in this Science course, designed for third year study. Students will learn types of telescopes in modern use, acquire one, and do some stargazing. Biblical astronomical subjects are also introduced. (Required, General Studies and Theology students, elective all others. Offered in summer semesters only.)
This course was designed as an 8 hour introduction to these three Great Books-centric subjects that bear interest to the writer, Political Science student, etc. 1 Credit Hour, required for certain PS certificates except if more advanced courses in Rhetoric, Logic and Dialectic are taken in its stead.
[More INFO] A course about education, based on readings of the Great Books. This course is designed to help orient students to the general flow and content of many Sherman Institute courses, explains the Great Books in our academic context, and gives a background on how perspectives on education have developed over the centuries, and more recently. (Required, all degree programs. Acquisition of Great Books of the Western World is the text prerequisite.)
Corel WordPerfect is the recommended word processing software for Sherman Institute students. Though its characteristics are similar to other popular programs, there are features making it a bit different (and we think better) as a platform for publishing lengthy documents (books, etc.). For students wanting intermediate to advanced training on some of the features of WordPerfect, this pure Continuing Education (non-credit) course is suggested.
This is a mini-course with flexibility. You can take four to eight weeks depending on your own needs and will complete several writing assignments including 15 journal entries (you can do more). You will brush up your skills in practicing specific modes such as narration, description, analysis, etc., and will have an opportunity to write a short research paper in which you will familiarize yourself with the Chicago Manual of style in preparation for the advanced writing expected in other courses. There is a cost for this course as well, and it is strongly recommended for adult-education students, those who exhibit evidence of “writer’s block” and otherwise have difficulty or are unfamiliar with the expectations of college-level instructors. Upon completion you will receive a grade and 2 college credits.
A four week course designed to help students develop confidence in their writing by accumulating an understanding of the writing process, and gathering tools for improving their own writing. The course involves journal writing, selected readings, one on one discussions with the instructor, a series of short writing assignments, and a final one page narrative essay. The course is flexible to allow for individual tutoring, allowing a student up to 8 weeks to complete all of the assignments. The final grade is a Pass /Fail.
This course is a refresher in the elements of literature for adults, and an education if you never learned it in the first place. Students will see what makes a work of literary art different from journalism and other styles of writing. They learn the elements used to develop short stories, poetry, drama and novels, will write short essays about various works of literature, and finish with a final exam.
Career-minded students often scoff at fictional literature. "I don't read fiction.” “I'm not interested in imaginary stuff.” In this course, you will learn that literature of value is frequently true to life, reflecting real-world events "safe" from politics. Understanding what happens in an artistically created story, you have a much better chance of anticipating human behavior in real life.
Freshman speech writing, tailored to the "major" of the student. Theology students will focus on persuasion with an emphasis on the "sermon" approach to writing and delivery; Political Science students will pursue persuasive techniques relating to their niche areas (testimony, town hall meetings, etc.).
[More INFO] A unique course that provides an in-depth perspective on the logic and flexibility of the English language. The course begins with sentence diagraming and progresses to the manipulation of sentences, the re-defining of words and the use of empty slogans and catch phrases to create an awareness of how American students have been taught to think according to “politically correct” guidelines. In this course, the student will learn how to read between the lines and recapture the power of the written word.
A second semester freshman or sophomore level course, it is designed to be literature-based, and emphazing deeper reading and the application of higher-level organizational skills for written analysis. EN-201 can be taken anytime after taking 101. It is indispensable for developing a mature understanding of literary devices and rhetorical strategies used in all sorts of modern public media. (Required, all program students.)
The Sherman Institute Journalism program seeks to educate a new generation of journalists -- reporters who value truth, integrity and balanced reporting above all. In this introductory course, we stress the need to verify sources and insist on knowing the agenda of those who might be quoted. Many bloggers and online ezines across the country have recognized the need for a true journalism, a return to values of yesteryear and have worked hard to create those outlets. S.I. Students are frequently zeroing in on these targets.
This course is an in-depth drilling-down on assorted Parliamentary Procedure Manuals used by a plethora of organizations in America and globally. The student will become familiar with business/association style meeting rules via the Robert's Rules of Order. State legislatures often use either (or both) the Jefferson's and Mason's Manuals. The development of the later manuals occured by both written and customary practices, this history of which is also reviewed via antiquarian texts within this course so as to acquaint the student with "why?" certain things are as they are.
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