Cosmology and Mythology: Living Between Earth and Sky

Spring
Spring 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
8
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Rebecca Chamberlain
literature, writing, storytelling

Through an exploration of diverse cosmologies, science and story, intellect and imagination, we will develop tools and perspectives to understand our relationship to the earth and sky in cosmological and human scales. How do diverse cultures and disciplines express a relationship to the cosmos as they ask foundational questions: “Who are we?” “Why are we here?” and “What difference does it make?”  What is the relationship between science, story, and sustainability and cosmology, culture, and ecology?  

As we study cosmological traditions, we will focus on mythology, literature, archeo-astronomy, philosophy, history, inquiry-based science and astronomy education, indigenous science, and environmental ethics. Students will participate in a variety of activities from telling star-stories and participating in star hunts to working in a computer lab to create educational programs. We will employ a variety of methods of observation, investigation, hands-on activities, and strategies that foster inquiry-based learning, employ critical and creative modes of thinking, and engage the imagination.  Through readings, writing, lectures, films, workshops, and discussions, we will deepen our understanding of the principles and role that cosmology plays in our lives through the stories we tell, the observations we make, and the questions we ask. As observers and participants of a vast cosmos, what is our relationship to science, wisdom, the future in our quest for a flourishing earth?

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

cosmology and science; literature, mythology, narrative studies; writing, storytelling, communication; leadership; sustainability studies; ecology; social and environmental ethics and advocacy; social, political and environmental activism; history; philosophy; indigenous science and studies; earth and sky sciences, astronomy, STEAM education; environmental and outdoor education; public programs and interpretive work (museums, parks, observatories), public policy, and other areas.

8

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Fees:

$60 for field trips and needed supplies

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 5:30 pm
LIB 2619 - Mac Lab

Located in: Olympia