2017 Special Lecture: Environment

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Nakano Tamio 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(W9-714)  Thr5-6(W9-714)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.T314
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/3/17
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

For creating sustainable future, how can we empower each other to face a lot of social issues such as environmental crisis. I would like to reconnect our daily life and the living world, and cultivate "Active hope" for our own sustainable future instead of expecting others' action passively. We will learn Active Hope from the work that reconnects which has been developed by Joanna Macy and spread widely all over the world.
The aim of this course is to facilitate students' ability to face social issues and act forward.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)have an understanding of today's situation as a great turning in front of many social issues such as environmental crisis.
2)realize the new concept of life sustain society instead of industrial growth society for our sustainable future.
3)grasp the basic attitude to enrich personal life and this society by acting positively.

Keywords

environmental crisis, SDG’S(Sustainable Development Goals), sustainable society, the work that reconnects, Active Hope

Competencies that will be developed

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

Participatory learning for our interdependence of our life and the living world. The latter classes follows the process of the work that reconnects. Most of the classes are facilitated as workshop style. Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation, What are happening today's world, and Sustainable future. Overview of the work that reconnects. Starting reading of the text.
Class 2 Making the relation map which focus on the discovery of interdependence of the world. Reflection, and writing a mini report.
Class 3 SDG's:United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals 1 Reading of the material, and writing a report.
Class 4 SDG's:United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals 2 Reading of the material, and writing a report.
Class 5 NGOs' view of Environmental issues of Japan and the world. Reading of the material, and writing a report.
Class 6 NGOs' view of poverty and social issues of Japan and the world. Reading of the material, and writing a report.
Class 7 Chapter five: A Wider Sense of Self
Class 8 Active Hope workshop1 Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 9 Active Hope part1:Great turning, Chapter one:Three stories of our time1 Group dialogue based on each one's mini report. Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 10 Chapter one:Three stories of our time2 Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 11 Chapter two: Trusting the spiral Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 12 Chapter three: Coming from gratitude Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 13 Chapter four: Honoring our pain for the world Reading of the chapter, and writing a report.
Class 14 Active Hope workshop1 Reviewing of the all classes and writing final report.
Class 15 Reflection session of the whole classes. Reflection of the whole, and visioning future

Textbook(s)

Macy Joanna and Johnstone Chris, Active Hope. Tokyo: Shunju-sha; ISBN 978-4-393-33344-0. (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

SDG's: United Nation, Sustainable Development Goals.
http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/70/L.1

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation of the class and group work and homework:75%, Middle and Final report: 25%

Related courses

  • None

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

Interest in Sustainable future. No being late.

Other

The classes will be up-dated by the situation of the participants.

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