CSPH 1101 - Self, Society, and Environment: An Interconnected Worldview
As the world becomes more global, the Western worldview has begun to predominate. But humanity is much richer than that, and the Western worldview has much to learn from diverse world cultures. An interconnected worldview is both cutting-edge scientific, as well as consistent with indigenous worldviews that have stood the test of time. This course will help students understand their worldview and how it was formed, consider other world views, and deepen their understanding of how an interconnected worldview will ensure that their actions have positive and sustainable effects on themselves and the world.
While defining roles in (and relationships to) society the natural world, students will examine multiple worldviews and ways of knowing, including those drawn from:
- Indigenous traditions;
- Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi and other traditions;
- Western scientific mechanism and determinism (e.g. Newtonian worldview);
- Non-deterministic western scientific approaches, including quantum and complexity theories (post-Newtonian worldviews).
Students who successfully complete this course:
- will describe the basic principles of social and environmental science and relay how western ways of viewing the earth compare with various worldviews and ways of knowing;
- will compare how scientific methods and other views can be used to solve social and environmental problems, and, identify where each may fall short;
- will explain the relationships of economic, political, and cultural systems in dealing with environmental issues;
- will identify the interrelated systems in their lives and describe how their dynamic functioning may be optimized for personal wellbeing and social and environmental health;
- will assess the significance of their ethical action in the world, both personally and in terms of others and the planet, by critically thinking about issues;
- will synthesize an understanding of improved personal wellbeing and appraise ways to achieve it via inter-relationship with society and the natural world;
- will formulate an enhanced awareness of, and engagement with, social and environmental issues;
- will have integrated their learning into their daily life-circumstances.