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Jane Austen & the Phronema of Virtue PART I (Fall)

This course is broken up into two parts which can be taken and stand alone as semesters with unrepeatble content.

When Jane Austen comes to mind, the everyday reader might naturally think of love and romance. The literary critic might think more of social mobility, agency, wit and irony. While both perspectives are meaningful interpretations of her work, they often glance over or entirely avoid the primary purpose of Jane Austen’s novels; that is, the formation of Christian Virtue. In this semester course, we will read three of Jane Austen’s beloved novels, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion. As we read together, we will certainly discuss the beauty, irony, love, and agency that are hallmarks of her style; but most importantly, we will reflect together on how Jane Austen seeks to cultivate virtue in us, the readers, through her works. Writing assignments will include regular journal entries, three written reflections on the themes, literary devices, and virtue discussion points at the conclusion of each novel, and a final critical essay that analyzes one or more of the themes and characters in light of the elements of virtue explored in class.


Mrs. Kim Cox Course Syllabus

Required Materials:
Composition Book or Notebook for Interactive Student Literature Notebook
Additional Composition Book or Notebook for Reading Journal

Required Texts | Click on the links for specific ISBN numbers
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Kim Cox holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Biblical Languages and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University. In addition to her coursework, she was an active member of the honors program and tutored students in Greek, Writing, and Western History and Literature from the Greeks to modern day. Soon after graduating, Kim moved to North Carolina and completed an M.Div. at Duke University focusing on Biblical Languages, Old Testament, and Theology and the Arts. It was actually in a Hebrew class on the Book of Kings that she first encountered iconography and began to inquire seriously about the Orthodox faith.

Upon completing her graduate studies, Kim worked as the Director of Christian Education at a local parish. While there she wrote and taught classically inspired curriculum to engage students in questions of faith and the task of living in truth, goodness, and beauty. In the Fall of 2022, she left her work in children and youth ministry, began as an iconography apprentice at St. Raphael School, and soon after converted to the Orthodox faith. In her spare time, Kim loves to travel, read novels, paint, pass every possible summer weekend at the Outer Banks, and watch movies with her husband Sam and their two cats. She is excited to teach with St. Raphael School this coming school year and grow in faith and learning alongside her students.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
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  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.


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