CSPH 1101: Self, Society, and Environment: An Interconnected Worldview

This course is offered in a blended format. Check the Schedule Builder for virtual meeting dates and times.

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Course Description

As the world becomes more global, the Western worldview has begun to predominate. But humanity is 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 worldviews, 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 and  the natural world, students will examine multiple worldviews and ways of knowing, including those drawn from:

  • Other non-western viewpoints;
  • 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).

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Course Format
Semester Course Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring

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