SES Course Outline
Assignments Overview. Assignments are made with deadlines. Students may accelerate the pace of completion time without permission, but should not exceed the deadline before consulting the Mentor as soon as it is apparent that the deadline will not be met.
Mentor's Role. The Mentor's role is to help you achieve the goal of becoming a knowledgeable Stoic, both in theory and practice, by guiding, correcting, encouraging, and confirming your progress. Specific goals that you may have will also be carefully considered. Correspondence with your Mentor is done by email.
II. Reading List
- John Sellars, Stoicism (University of California Press, 2006).
- The Three Romans:
- Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, may be a "selected" edition.
- Arrian, The Discourses of Epictetus
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
- Erik Wiegardt, The Mneme Manual (available at the Library Core Reading List)
- Eight (8) weeks: Read Stoicism by John Sellars as you complete each assignment (Parts I, II, III, & IV) supplied by your Mentor. Each of the four assignments has a two-week deadline.
- Six (6) weeks: The Arrian Exercise. Create your own handbook with the wisdom of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius by copying passages from each of these classical Roman Stoics found to be most valuable to you. These passages may be written in your own words to aid in your comprehension of them. 10 passages of any length per Stoic.
- Two (2) weeks: Creating your own mneme . We conclude the course by creating a classical memory verse or phrase used to remember essential Stoic wisdom on days that are difficult. Your Mentor will work closely with you on this project.
- Completion: Your Goal Achieved. Final discussions with Mentor and Certificate of Completion awarded.