2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Sustainability from the Inside Out

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Cynthia Kennedy leadership, Karen Gaul (F,W) anthropology

Fields of Study: anthropology, consciousness studies, leadership studies, sustainability studies and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10001 (16) Fr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20001 (16) Fr  Conditions Students must consult with faculty by week 10 of fall quarter (for winter enrollment) to obtain any required make-up work.  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30001 (16) Fr; 30632 (1-16) Fr  Conditions Students must consult with faculty by week 10 of winter quarter (for spring enrollment) to obtain any required make-up work.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen ONLYFreshmen Only; 100% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Freshmen

Offered During: Day


Many of us want to effect positive change in today’s world. We want to make good personal choices and we want to connect with others in communities of action regionally and even globally. This year-long program will help us explore the challenges inherent in pursuing sustainable living in today’s world and offer concrete tools to move toward a positive global future. Based on the idea that effective community action stems from careful self-reflection, the program will focus on a simultaneous journey inward as well as outward.

Sustainability as we understand it today is embedded in the belief systems and practices of many traditional societies. Our work will be guided primarily by one such system: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This ancient philosophical system is still profoundly relevant today. The Sutras teach that, with practice, we can transform ourselves. We will explore this philosophical system and its code of conduct in-depth, investigating personal, societal, political, environmental and global themes of sustainability. We will consider ways to make sustainable choices through a regular inquiry of our assumptions about ourselves and the world with an eye towards the creation of a sustainable society.

We will develop our understanding of sustainability through lectures, disciplinary workshops, films and a series of guest speakers. Students will engage in weekly critical book seminars, regular writing assignments, in-depth research and writing projects, independent and collaborative work, and regular program discussion. In addition, much of the work will be highly experiential, using radical personal accountability and a rigorous examination of the habits of the mind to explore the body as a micro-organism of the outer natural world. Practice, an important concept in many spiritual traditions around the world, is a central theme in the program. Weekly yoga and awareness classes, workshops, self-reflective writing and other expressive arts practices will provide opportunities for students to examine their own habitual patterns of behavior and develop insight into new ways of being. No experience in yoga is necessary. Students will also engage in regular, extensive community service.

In fall quarter, students will be introduced to basic concepts in sustainability and personal leadership. We will examine and experiment with personal practices in the areas of food, consumption and spending. Students will begin to generate ideas for projects that integrate sustainability issues. In winter quarter, we will focus on themes of transportation and energy use in the context of climate change, examining local community responses, and continue work on research projects. In spring quarter, we will examine case studies on successful sustainability initiatives in a variety of cultures around the world. Students will have the chance to work globally or locally applying what they have learned to a project of their choice. These projects could include research, field studies, or extensive community service locally or abroad.

Maximum Enrollment: 46

Required Fees: Fall $175/Winter $100/Spring $175 for field trips and art supplies.

Special Expenses: Students must purchase their own yoga mats.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: awareness, education,  leadership, management, sustainability studies, yoga philosophy and practice, and writing.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 29th, 2010 Winter fees updated.