Now Taking Applications for the School of Essential Studies (hereinafter referred to as the SES). This is a four-month course of distance learning suitable for working adults who have come to Stoicism for the first time or who wish to deepen their knowledge of our philosophy. Applicants to the SES will be accepted regardless of their personal beliefs. Atheists, skeptics, agnostics, and members of religious faiths are all welcome.
Assignments Overview. Assignments are made with deadlines. Students may accelerate the pace of completion time without permission, but should not complete any lesson in less than one week. The Theory & Practice (T&P) course is not just an intellectual activity. Thought and contemplation are part of the learning process. If the student needs more time to complete any assignment, please consult 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 or Skype.
This is the required reading for this course:
All assignments will be received and returned in Open Office format. If you do not have Open Office (OO) you may download it free at: www.openoffice.org. Open Office is the College standard for word processing so that we can all readily exchange files. Seminars are conducted by Skype video to maximize interactions between student and Tutor. To install Skype free go to: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/.