About this Specialization

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Use the links below to audit the courses at no cost*: Course 1: Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life Course 2: Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action Course 3: The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times is a course series created by senior research scholars at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The courses weave the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The courses in this Specialization draw on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations. Each week there will be a brief commentary by Brian Thomas Swimme, co-author of the Journey book. *Auditing is available only to those who are logged in to a preexisting Coursera account. In order to audit these courses at no cost, please first log in to Coursera or sign up for free. After logging into Coursera, click on the course's "Enroll for Free" button, then select "Audit this course" at the bottom of the dialogue box.
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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

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Course2

Course 2

Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

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116 ratings
27 reviews
Course3

Course 3

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

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100 ratings
30 reviews

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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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