2021 Special Lecture on Advanced Topics in Social and Human Sciences SB 3

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

Title: Ecology and Spirituality for Global Citizens
This course develops the students’ consciousness as Global Citizens living on this planet. We learn the basic principles of “sustainability,” SDGs, and deep ecology. We also learn essence of Spirituality such as Buddhism, Tao, Native American’s wisdom, and Saint Francis of Christianity etc. Ecology and Spirituality is common in the standpoint of “we are a part of the greater being.”
This course aim to integrate Science and Spirituality, and cultivate Global Citizenship for sustainable future.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the basic principles of “sustainability” and SDGs.
2) Learn Deep Ecology which explores deeper questions beyond human centered approach.
3) Understand the interconnectedness of all being by leaning Buddhism mindfulness, Heart Sutra, Tao, Native
American’s wisdom and St. Francis.
4) Deepen each theme for the sustainable future through Global Citizen consciousness.


Sustainable development, sustainability, SDGs, Global citizen, Deep ecology, Spirituality, mindfulness

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is online. It combines the lecture and the group work.
Students are required to read the material beforehand, and the class focuses on the group dialogue and experiential work.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of the course. Outline of SDGs. Basic principles of sustainability reflection, mini report, reading material
Class 2 Deep Ecology: The work that reconnect of Joanna Macy reflection, mini report, reading material
Class 3 Mindfulness: Inter-being of Thich Nhat Hanh reflection, mini report, reading material
Class 4 Heart Sutra reflection, mini report, reading material
Class 5 Earth based wisdom of Native American reflection, mini report, reading material
Class 6 Saint Francis, Asisi. Prayer for all. writing final report
Class 7 Reflection. What we can do for sustainable future. reflection. application for daily life.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Joyful Practice. Tokyo: Shunju-sha. ISDN978-4-393-33338-9 Japanese

Assessment criteria and methods

Active Participation(including group work and home work):70%, Final report:30%

Related courses

  • SHS.L415 : Trans-disciplinary Exercise in Social and Human Sciences S

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Interest on Spirituality.


This class might become relax time.

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