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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

What you will learn

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    Demonstrate an understanding of the unfolding of the universe, Earth, and humans by drawing upon both science and the humanities.

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    Understand what cosmological events contribute to our existence.

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    Assess the history & development of cosmological thought as it has unfolded over time & as it spans multiple disciplines in science & humanities.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

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There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

4.7
203 ratings
63 reviews
Course2

Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

4.8
80 ratings
23 reviews
Course3

The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

4.7
69 ratings
25 reviews

Instructors

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John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
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Mary Evelyn Tucker

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

About Yale University

For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. ...

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • There are 3 six week courses.

    Students are expected to complete 2 hours of viewing online lectures and videos 2 hours of reading books and articles per week.

  • These courses are introductory and aimed at an educated public, ranging from those with college education to those without.

    No prerequisite knowledge is needed - just an openness to learn about the complex development of the universe, Earth, and life. Within this epic story we will explore the role of humans given our present social and ecological challenges.

  • It is strongly recommended that you take the two courses on Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life and Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action followed by The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community.

  • No university credit is offered for completing this Specialization.

  • Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Understand and demonstrate understanding of the unfolding of the universe, Earth, and humans by drawing upon both science and the humanities.

    2. Be able to recall, and to critically assess, the history and development of cosmological thought both as it has unfolded over time and also as it spans multiple disciplines in the sciences and humanities.

    3. Integrate the ideas found in the film, book, and Educational Series / Conversations with other areas of knowledge.

    4. Apply the methodologies and concepts learned in this course to environmental and social problems in creative, pragmatic ways.

    5. Engage critically with the concepts presented through this course in academic writing and research.

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