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  • Locations: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
Program Description:
Scotland: Ecology, Humans, & Sustainability: Lessons from Nature (not-for-credit, or option for 3 transfer credits - see below)
  • Tentative dates:  May 25-June 6, 2018·      
  • Application deadline: February 16, 2018
This course explores the magnificent, intricate and interconnected systems that support and sustain life on Earth. We identify the foundational concepts in ecology that define and support what sustainability is all about. We use a systems thinking lens to understand how ecological systems function, how humans interact with natural systems, how these systems are altered by human behavior, and how we can design human ecological systems that mimic nature as an architect (i.e. designed to be sustainable). Through an eco-psychology lens, we look at the relationship between human beings and the natural world. We invite contemplative and reflective approaches to experiencing a relationship with our natural world. We also live and learn in the Findhorn Eco-village, one of the world’s most sustainable communities. Through critical analysis and discussion of theory, contemplation and reflection, practical and experiential learning, we will come to understand our place in the ecosystem, recognizing the destructiveness of our current ways of living, and imagining possibilities for more sustainable behaviors. Students will end the program with a leadership action plan for promoting sustainable living on their campuses or in their communities when they return home.

By default, this program is non-credit bearing.  Students may earn 3 transfer credits for this program from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusettes by paying an additional $200 credit transfer fee and completing additional paperwork. 
 
Contact Professor Kathryn Caldwell at kcaldwell@ithaca.edu.