For some time, I have been wanting to highlight Signum University’s SPACE program. This is Signum’s new, innovative, popular, adult education program. “Academically serious but fun” is how they describe this affordable program that focuses “purely on the love of learning and the joy of studying the material.” I recently had the excuse the provide an invitation to readers to check out SPACE when I heard that Sørina Higgins was offering a course on C.S. Lewis’ Ransom Cycle–which has taken a lot of my academic interest over the last few years (see my paper here). Here is the short course description:
Reading Lewis’ Ransom Cycle by Dr. Sørina Higgins
In this book-club-style class, we will discuss C.S. Lewis’s novels Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. We’ll track his major themes, talk about the background he assumes, enjoy his secondary world, and perhaps cheerfully debate some of his theological claims. We’ll bring in a few of his other works briefly to see how they contribute to his subcreated universe, and we’ll touch on some points scholars have made to help us read these works more deeply.
To make the course work, you have to sign up, purchase a token (or more than one), and then vote for your favourite courses. In the “Fantasy Studies” path with Sørina’s course, there are also conversations about Anime, The Silmarillion, a Fairy Tales course on “Tricksters, Fools, and Villains,” and Tom Hillman’s “Pity in The Lord of the Rings.” Then of course, there are languages from the contemporary to the ancient that bring my “someday” goals a little nearer. Finally, Sparrow Alden’s “Creative Writing Workshop” is really tempting in a difficult term….
The mission of the SPACE program is to provide numerous and varied opportunities for personal enrichment through learning. SPACE modules are designed to be academically serious but fun, focused purely on the love of learning and the joy of studying the material. SPACE provides fully online access to a serious but low-impact arena for learning, whether you are interested in building a systematic course of study or just pursuing eclectic interests.
Signum University believes in connecting learners with teachers, and with each other! SPACE modules, like all Signum classes, are based on real-time, online small-group discussion sessions. Our modules each last for one month and typically meet twice a week for an hour-long interaction under the direction of the module’s preceptor. Each module provides eight hours of class time. If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Embark today on your next learning adventure in SPACE!
Our Modules Directory contains the full list of our SPACE modules. Each month, we will publish a list of Candidate Modules; these are the modules that we are prepared to teach in two months. Once you have purchased at least one Token, the Communications Center will email you the link to a simple form on which you can choose among these Candidate modules, selecting your module of choice.
After the candidate month (approximately the 7th of the next month), we will publish the list of Confirmed Modules: modules that have already received at least four registrations as candidates. If the module you initially selected is not Confirmed for that month, you can register for a module from our Confirmed list instead, or keep your Token to use in a later month. Students can register for one of our Confirmed Modules right up until classes start. If you want to have a say in which modules run in a given month, purchase your tokens and make your selection early!
For those who would like to dig into the nuts and bolts of the SPACE program at Signum check out the launch from last fall’s fundraiser day: