Journey of the Universe

Spring 2018
T 4:00-5:15pm
Area V
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course will draw on the resources created in the Journey of the Universe project.   This consists of a film, a book, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists.  Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of evolutionary science together with cosmological understandings found in the religious traditions of the world.  The authors explore cosmic evolution as a creative process based on connection, interdependence, and emergence.  The Journey project also presents an opportunity to investigate the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times.

This course examines a range of dynamic interactions and interdependencies in the emergence of galaxies, Earth, life, and human communities. It brings the sciences and humanities into dialogue to explore the ways in which we understand evolutionary processes and the implications for humans and our ecological future.

Background Expected: 

No special background required

Course Requirements: 

Students are expected to complete each week:

 - 3 hours of viewing online lectures and videos

 - 3 hours of reading books and articles

 - online assignments posted to Canvas

 - group discussions (online and in the classroom for one hour per week)

In addition, each student will submit a final paper of 5 pages on a topic determined by the student and approved by one of the instructors.  This paper can develop a particular posting into a brief research project, or explore a topic in a related subject matter.

If students wish to receive 3 credits for this online course, they can complete a 12 page paper on a topic approved by the instructors.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Grades will be determined on the basis of the completion and quality of course readings, assignments, participation in postings, and group discussions online and in the classroom.

The software program Canvas is equipped to record completion of online readings and assignments and allows for faculty evaluation of written work.  The following areas will be assigned for completion and grade evaluation each week:

- viewing online lectures and videos (3 hours viewing each week) for 10%

- reading online articles (3 hours each week) for 10%

- weekly writing assignments for 20%

-  weekly responses to other students’ posting for 20%

- attendance and group discussions in classroom (1 hour each week) for 15%

- students will complete a 5 page paper for 25%

If students wish to receive 3 credits for this online course, they can complete a 12 page paper on a topic approved by the instructors.