Category Archives: Humanities

June 8th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place: Season 1 In this 7-week class, learners will watch Season 1 of The Good Place (available for streaming on Netflix and for rent from other locations) with viewing guides. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final projects. Learners will be invited to create 10-minute presentations in any format they’d like (audio, video, visual, etc.) and discuss one of the philosophical topics from the class in more detail. Upon enrollment, you will receive a form to fill out. This will …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place: Season 2 In this 7-week class, learners will watch Season 2 of The Good Place (available for streaming on Netflix and for rent from other locations) with viewing guides. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final projects. Learners will be invited to create 10-minute presentations in any format they’d like (audio, video, visual, etc.) and discuss one of the philosophical topics from the class in more detail. Upon enrollment, you will receive a form to fill out. This will …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Future Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Family Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies “Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.   We will also explore the concept of "intersectionality," which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ …
April 7th, 2020 by 
Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction How do we make decisions that involve harms and benefits to people?  In Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction, we will do some classic thought exercises that will help us to understand that there are many factors involved in making "right" decisions. Philosophical concepts of Utilitarianism, Consequentialism, Deontology, Rights, and Responsibilities will be explored. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 12+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description Runaway Trains and Lifeboats: Ethical Philosophy Introduction: How …
April 7th, 2020 by 
What is Intersectionality? "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how …
April 4th, 2020 by 
High School Research Boot Camp Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In High School Research Boot Camp, we’ll be focused on how to research accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to dive deeply into the subjects we are passionate about. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: August 17-August 30 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are …
April 4th, 2020 by 
Middle School Research Boot Camp Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In Middle School Research Boot Camp, we’ll be focused on how to research accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to dive deeply into the subjects we are passionate about. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: August 3-August 16 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 11-14 Total Price: $40 Full Class Description Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are …
April 1st, 2020 by 
Women in Protest Songs In Women in Protest Songs a two-week mini course, students will explore some themes surrounding gender expression while taking a look at shifting historical norms. We will also discuss the importance of media representation while looking at music from women who created protest songs. Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: July 27-August 9 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description In this two-week mini course, students will explore some themes surrounding gender expression while taking a look at shifting historical norms. We …
April 1st, 2020 by 
Artificial Intelligence from HAL to Thunderhead We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes? Taught by Sabrina …