At PHC, 87% of the students have been homeschooled, and the curriculum focuses on classical Christian liberal arts, so it is natural for a course on the family in the history of political thought be taught there.
Below is the syllabus for those who are interested. I would be grateful for any suggestions for future versions.
This coming semeter (autumn 2009), I will be teaching a new course called The Family in International Public Policy. This is proving much more difficult to find literature, and again I would be grateful for any suggestions. I will likewise post this syllabus once it becomes finalized.
Carle Zimmerman, Family and Civilization, introduction by Carlson and chs. 1-4.
Zimmerman, Family and Civilization, chs. 5-7.
Plato, The Republic, Book V to 475a, 538a-541, 549c-550b, 562e, 573d-574c, 575d, 590e
Aristotle, Oeconomica (skim 1346b-1353b).
Politics, Book II, chs. 1-5, 9.
Old Testament: Genesis 1-4, 9:1-17, 15-17, Hosea, Malachi
New Testament: Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 4-5, I Corinthians 7, Galatians 3-6, Ephesians 2-5, I & II Timothy, Titus
Augustine, On the Good of Marriage
Martin Luther, “The Estate of Marriage”
Thomas Hobbes, De Cive, ch. 9, Leviathan, ch. 20
Robert Filmer, Patriarcha
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, chs. 6-8, 15.
John Milton, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1643, expanded 1644)
http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/emls/iemls/work/etexts/mdoctrin.txt For reading:
David Hume, Essays, “Of Polygamy and Divorces,” and “Of Love and Marriage”
Edmund Burke, Speech on the Second Reading of a Bill for the Repeal of the Marriage Act
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract, book I, chs. 1-3
Emile, book V, from the beginning to the line “This is a fine kingdom and worth the winning.” Online: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/5427.
Louis de Bonald, On Divorce, pp. 3-99
Bonald, On Divorce, pp. 100-198.
Zimmerman, Family and Civilization, chs. 8-11.
J.S. Mill, On the Subjection of Women, chs. 1-2.
Belfort Bax, The Legal Subjection of Men.
Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State (excerpt).
Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo, IV, 4-6.
G.K. Chesterton, The Superstition of Divorce.
Zimmerman, Family and Civilization, chs. 12-16.
Family and Civililization, essays by Christensen and Kurth
R. George & J. Elshtain (eds.), The Meaning of Marriage, essays by Elshtain, Scruton, and George
George & Elshtain, Meaning of Marriage, essays by Browning & Marquardt, Gallagher, Wilcox, and Arkes
George & Elshtain, Meaning of Marriage: essays by James, Sugrue, Spaht, Morse
Bryce Christensen, “Why Homosexuals Want What Marriage Has Become”.
S. Baskerville, Taken Into Custody, introduction, chs. 1-2.
Baskerville, Taken Into Custody, chs. 5-6, conclusion to p. 295.