Development as Freedom

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Spring 2018
Credits per quarter

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climate justice, climate policy and politics, political ecology, environment and development

What does it mean to live a fulfilling life? What factors contribute to a greater quality of life, assuming this is a desirable goal for all human societies? What are some of the prevailing theories and practices within the social sciences about human well-being and how best to attain it, at the individual and international scales?

This program will tackle these questions, focusing on perspectives from the subdisciplines of health psychology, critical development studies, and environmental justice. We will be studying applications of sociocultural, psychosocial, somatic, and behavioral knowledge relevant to health and wellness from diverse cultural perspectives. We will critically examine perspectives in mainstream economic development theory and their implications for social and environmental justice. We will consequently explore alternative conceptualizations of development, considering those that draw on ideas of freedom, capabilities, and sustainable livelihoods.

This interdisciplinary program will include a variety of approaches to learning, including seminars, theoretical assessments, films, expressive arts workshops, somatic practices, and reflective and analytical writing. Students will read literature from psychology, integrative health, critical development studies, and environmental justice. Some of the authors we will read include Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Joanna Macy.

There's no better way to explore the range of activities and topics that psychology offers—and to learn of cutting-edge research in the social science field—than to attend and participate in a convention of psychology professionals and students. To that end, our program will take a one-day field trip to attend the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, the western regional arm of the American Psychological Association . This year's convention will take place April 26–29, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: international development, environmental/sustainability studies, psychology, and integrative health

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

$150 for expressive arts workshop supplies and registration for the Western Psychological Association convention.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:

2018-03-09Fee increased (from $80 to $150).