High School Literature & Philosophy (16+)

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

Instructor: John Niemann


The class is designed to build upon previous Co-op training in literature and theology by introducing students to challenging, morally complex material. This will include works of poetry, literature and philosophy. Our task will be to understand themes, issues and ideas through the eyes of the Catholic Church.


Weekly brief discussion questions

Weekly quizzes over material covered


St. Thomas Aquinas, Selected Questions from the Summa Theologica

Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy

St. Augustine, Confessions


Tolkien, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

St. Thomas More, Utopia

GK Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse

Shelley, Frankenstein

Mill, Utilitarianism

Marx, Communist Manifesto

Descartes, Medications on First Philosophy

Tenneson, Ulysses

Blake, The TygerJerusalem

Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum

Hemmingway, Old Man and the Sea