The Sustainable Living Program courses provide a mix of theoretical and hands on practical
activities. All courses work to train students in the core competencies
needed for creating sustainable communities. These skills and tools have
also been proven to be highly desirable to prospective employers, and
they are all enriched by our focus on development of consciousness.
Below are the classes offered as of May 2014. All of MUM runs on a
block schedule, so only a handful classes within the department are
taught at any one time. This list is subject to change, but to see when
classes are offered, please visit the online schedule of classes, or contact Diana Krystofiak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-919-3645 ext. 2293 for more information. Here also is the full MUM catalog.
SL—G100 CCTS: Understanding and Advocating for Sustainability—The Individual as the Unit of Sustainability- Offered Every Semester
Passing along the awareness that the sustainability movement is the future of the human project is the key to any possible future. Therefore, this introductory course is designed to give students the experience of diving right in to the discipline of Sustainable Living. Students will read from a variety of books and articles and engage in creative exercises that will allow them to discern key concepts in sustainability. Students will have the opportunity to open to the field of all possibilities by going through the process of evaluating their own beliefs alongside the belief systems of a variety of key players in the field of sustainability. Also, students will learn vital skills of assessing and listening that will help them refine their communication of key concepts, values, and beliefs in an intelligent and effective manner. At the end of this course, students should be able to say what they believe, express why, and do so in a way that invites participation rather than confrontation. (4 credits) Prerequisite: taken during students’ first semester, or with consent of the Department faculty.
SL-A101 Organic Agriculture: Nourishing Civilization through Safe Food Production - Offered Annually
This course will explore how aligning agriculture with Natural Law can be accomplished using the basic principles of ecological agriculture at all stages of food production, processing and marketing. Understanding the influence of conventional agricultural practices on ecosystems, environmental quality, human health and its impact on socio-cultural and economic aspects will be examined.
It also includes hands-on organic agriculture production practices like soil management, composting, pest management, harvesting, storage and marketing. Specific management requirements for important vegetable and field crops will also be discussed. The course also explores understanding of USDA organic standards and certification system. A case study on Bhutan as the first country going 100% organic by 2020 will be discussed in detail. Students spend approximately half of their time in class learning principles of crop production and half of the time applying their knowledge and gaining practical experience at the University’s organic farm and greenhouses or other organic farms.
Course fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—B101 Sustainability, Buildings and the Built Environment - Offered Annually
The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of issues of sustainability in the built environment and the developing solutions –high performance solar powered buildings, natural building, the ecocity movement, reuse of existing structures, urban agriculture, managing water in the urban landscape, turning wastes into resources. We’ll also explore how we can use the ancient ideas about orientation and placement of buildings and the design of cities from Maharishi Sthapatya Ved in the design of the contemporary sustainable built environment. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes. This course is one of six required core courses in the Sustainable Living program and is a prerequisite to other courses in the Built Environment track.
Course fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—E101 Energy and Sustainability: The Energy Basis of Humans and Nature - Offered Annually
This course explores the role energy plays in sustainability and in the development of complexity and order in nature and in the human economy. Anything of economic value comes from nature or from humans, and both require energy. Therefore, energy is critical to the economy. Energy inevitably loses usefulness as it flows through human made and natural systems. Sustainability is about regeneration and renewal of opportunity for future generations. Therefore, renewable sources of energy are essential for sustainability. Students will learn basic energy concepts and their application to sustainability and renewable energy systems. The course will include lecture, readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on work. This course is one of the six sustainable living core courses and is required for all courses in the energy track.
Course fee: $65. (4 credits)
SL—G101 Permaculture Design - Offered Annually
Permaculture Design is a system for rethinking and redesigning of every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. As such, it is a cross-disciplinary design system that involves architecture and building, agriculture, energy, urban and city design, economics and livelihoods, water, and the aesthetic integration of all of these in human settlements. On successful completion of the course, students will receive an internationally recognized certificate. The basic principles of permaculture design were developed by integrating the observation of natural systems, traditional indigenous wisdom, and modern scientific and technological knowledge by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Through lecture, discussion, observation, field trips, hands-on learning, videos, slide shows, and handouts, students gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to design and implement sustainable systems in harmony with the natural world so participants can understand and apply these methods and skills to their home property and local community. Participants will learn principles and methodologies of sustainable design, how to read the landscape’s strategies and tools for urban and rural homesteads, food forests and orchards, greenhouse operation, natural building and alternative energy techniques. This is a foundation course for the entire Sustainable Living program.
Course fee: $65. (4 credits)
SL—P101 Global Sustainability - Offered Annually
How do we set about structuring a sustainable living environment that can be maintained on a global scale for all future generations? This course is about the big picture that drives the global sustainable living agenda. It provides a broad perspective on the problems we face as a species. We study what can and should be done to transform the current trends effecting population growth, biodiversity, climate, energy supply and consumption, food and water security and other threats to sustainability. We explore the shift in mind set or consciousness that is needed to take us from regarding the environment and an expendable resource to treasuring it as an entity with which we must live in harmony. This is the social change-maker track core course.
Course fee: $25. (4 credits)
SL—E110 Energy Projects Course - Offered Biannually
In this course, students will gain hands-on experience with home and community-scale renewable energy systems. There will be a strong emphasis on developing practical skills in four fundamental areas of local energy: creating the next generation of Bio-diesel processing equipment, building Solar Photovoltaic panels using inexpensive purchased silicon cells and recycled glass, understanding the workings of small wind turbines, and exploring options for electric transportation. (4 credits)
SL—G130 Materials, Tools, and Methods for Sustainability - Offered Annually
This course will provide students with a comprehensive background in the nature and properties of our planet’s material resources and how they may be used in sustainable and ecologically friendly ways. Topics include: identifying different types of wood and knowing the best types for various purposes (e.g., why hickory is best for tool handles and cedar for shingles), understanding the differences between different types of metals and knowing when and where to use them (e.g., why it might be a bad idea to use brass next to aluminum), becoming expert in the use of tools, measuring instruments, methods of fastening and joining things, planning projects, and discussing the role of fine craftsmanship and consciousness-imbibed goods in the coming age.
Course fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—G139 Sustainable Living Workshop: Transforming Natural Law into Useful Application - Offered Intermittently
Manifestation of sustainable methodologies for immediate use is the purpose of this repeatable course. Students will work individually or in teams to build and implement technologies such as biodiesel production, photovoltaic panels, hydrogen electrolyzers, biomass heating units, methane digesters, or fuel cells. Projects can also include assisting with sustainable building construction, or production of websites or videos to display real-time building/performance indicators. (4 credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: SL—G101
SL—F151 Deep Ecology - Offered Biannually
The main argument in environmental ethics is between anthropocentric (human centered) and non-anthropocentric ways of being in the world. For people who advocate non-anthropocentric philosophies, it is of utmost importance for the human species to begin to behave in less selfish ways. Deep Ecology is the main non-anthropocentric school of thought and though founded in the 1970s, it draws on sources as vast in time and discipline as Taoism, Native American religions, and Quantum Physics. This course will study the innovator of Deep Ecology, the late Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, and trace the movement up to its current incarnations in America and elsewhere, specifically centering on the Transpersonal Ecology of Warwick For as it pertains to Maharishi’s teachings. This course will spend time in nature with the earth as our teacher, culminating in a camping trip. Finally, the course will show the close correlation of Deep Ecology with the concept of natural law and Maharishi’s Vedic principles.
Lab fee: $100. (4 credits)
SL—G195 Living Systems: How Life’s Dynamic Intelligence Applies the Principles of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Genetics to Uphold Self-Organization, Maintenance, and Evolution of Life - Offered Annually
Fundamental to all life are basic functions that uphold self-organization, maintenance, and evolution. This course covers aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and evolution, with emphasis on the expressions of intelligence, order, and integration found at different levels of biological organization.
Lab Fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—G200 Building Biology: Learning to Restore the Balance between Nature, Ourselves, and the Built Environment - Offered Annually
This course examines the link between building practices and occupants’ health and well-being. Founded in Germany over 30 years ago, Building Biology not only encompasses sustainable and green practices, but also goes beyond them. It focuses on “building for life,” or how to optimize living conditions by applying healthy building and remodeling principles to living spaces. Students will find out how current construction practices impact the health of occupants and will gain skills to identify, analyze, and solve problems dealing with electromagnetic radiation, high- frequency radiation, indoor air quality, and water quality. They will also learn about natural building and remodeling practices through home inspections, case study reviews, and teleconferences with Building Biologists from around the country. The course looks at healthy buildings from different perspectives: a) elements — how air, water, matter, and energy impact the indoor environment, including health risks and remedies, b) design — what design features promote a healthy building, standards — applying Building Biology Healthy Home Standards.
Course Fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—A201 Season Extension - Offered Biannually
Learn how to extend the season growing, harvest produce throughout the winter and start transplants using unheated hoop houses. Topics include: choosing the hoop house location, design, layout, and costs, growing transplants, natural insect and disease control in hoop houses, nutrition, food system sustainability, and more. Class will include field trips to local hoop houses and some hands on activities.
Course fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL A202: Biodynamic Agriculture: Advanced organic farming
Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which lays the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic agriculture a farm is considered a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors.
This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture, concepts, principles and practices. Understanding soil as a living entity, soil formation, classification, agronomic aspects comprising soil fertility, nutrient cycling and importance of soil organic matter will be discussed. Biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming will also be covered. These special preparations made by fermenting the herbs for making compost and liquid manures enliven the soil, and aid in nutrition and pest management. In addition the use of cow horn manure and silica crystals in farming will be dealt in detail. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the bio-rhythms of nature will be discussed. The Demeter Biodynamic and Processing standards for certification and marketing of certified products will be covered in this course.
4 Credits, $65 Course Fee
SL—B201 Natural Building - Natural Design, Materials, and Methods - Offered Biannually
Natural building is the art and science of using lightly processed, natural materials to create beautiful, durable, energy efficient structures. Students will learn how to combine traditional materials with contemporary ideas about sustainability. Topics include: the design process, materials and methods (straw/fiber, clay, earth, stone, wood and their combinations) building science for natural building, air and moisture flow, energy considerations, siting and zoning Course will include hands on work in a variety of materials, and may include the construction of a structure.
Lab fee: changes yearly. (4 credits) Prerequisite: SL—B101
SL—B202 Ecocities: The Energy Basis of Humans and Nature - Offered Annually
Cities are the biggest things that humans build. The car centered urban, suburban, and rural patterns of human settlement that have developed in North America are a byproduct of the era of cheap fossil fuels, and waste resources and human energy. This course will explore the emerging principles of sustainable city design.
Topics include: historic perspectives, the ecocity movement, the effect of density on sustainability, land use and zoning for sustainability, new urbanism, urban agriculture, and more.
Course fee: $65 (4 credits)
SL—E201 Renewable Energy Technology: - Offered Biannually
On earth, solar energy is the only energy source available to renew and offset the inevitable decline in usefulness as energy flows through human made and natural systems. Sustainability is about regeneration and renewal of opportunity for future generation, and therefore switching from fossil fuels to solar energy is essential for sustainability. Direct solar (thermal and photovoltaics), wind, and flowing water are the core technologies necessary to power a sustainable economy. This course gives students the theoretical and practical background necessary to design and evaluate renewable energy technology that use solar energy directly (solar thermal and PV) and solar energy in the form of wind and flowing water. The course will include lecture, readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, hands-on work, and a team project.
Course Fee: $65 (4 credits) Prerequisite: SL—E101, MATH 170, or consent of the instructor
SL—G201 Ecology: Observe How Living Organisms Maintain Perfect Orderliness in Their Physical Environment - Offered Annually
Ecology is often defined as the study of relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environment. The term has become more generalized in recent years to refer to a set of interacting entities in an environment. These entities could be thoughts, technologies, beliefs, organisms, pollutants, or mountains and the environment could be an individual mind, community, society, organism, planet, culture, or meadow. This more generalized notion of ecology opens us up to understand ecology as something that exists in the universe rather than just a lens or set of questions through which we gain knowledge of the world. In this course students will learn about fundamental ecological concepts, including niche, habitat, community, ecosystem, biomes, biosphere; population ecology; species interactions; energy flows; nutrient cycling; and succession.
Lab fee: $65 (4 credits) Prerequisites: SL-G100 (CCTS) or consent of the instructor
SL—G230 Sustainable Living Internship: Experiencing On-the-Job Application of Natural Law at Environmental Places of Business
This course offers students the opportunity to work on farms, at green companies, or with environmental organizations and apply knowledge from the classroom to real-life situations where sustainability is at the forefront. Venues range from the Maharishi University of Management campus and farms to the Fairfield area, other areas of Iowa and out-of-state locations. While all internship credits may be taken at one location, it is advisable to distribute the internships among several places of employment to get the broadest possible experience, greatly adding to a student’s sustainability credentials and post-graduate employment potential. (4 credits per month, maximum of 12 credits toward the Sustainable Living major) Prerequisites: SL—G101 and consent of the instructor and the Academic Standards Committee
SL—G353 Sustainable Water Resource Management: Water and Sustainability; Problems and Solutions to Water Quality and Scarcity Worldwide
Fresh water resources play a key role in any sustainable community and are pivotal to the success of long-term sustainable development. In this course students will learn about the problems plaguing water resources and will acquire the skills to implement appropriate solutions on the scale of the watershed as a whole. Students will learn how to put together integrated watershed management plans by doing on site data collection, evaluating the data collected and suggesting sustainable water management practices based on their assessment. These practices primarily emulate the natural water cycle and include water conservation, green water infrastructure and the use of alternatives to fresh water resources such as harvested rainwater and reclaimed wastewater. Lab fee: $65. (4 credits)
FOR 470 MVS and Sustainable Water Technologies - Crowe Creek Project
In this course you will be doing hands on planning and implementation work on the Crowe Creek project. A project aimed at sustainable water management within our local watershed. You will receive professional training on data collection, data evaluation, design and implementation of sustainable water technologies (such as rain gardens, bioswales and rain barrels) and spend a lot of your time in the field.
The course will also include discussions between Maharishi and MUM faculty members on management, covering topics that relate to managing any project. The course will not include a TMR or a WPA. Limit of 15 students. Fee of $30 due on 1st day.
Credits: 2 credits.
Prerequisites: for undergraduates: FOR 103.
SL—G270 Design, Innovation, Sustainability: An exploration of the creative process in the context of team hands on design/build of sustainable systems - Offered Biannually
This course will explore teamwork and the creative process through the design and construction of sustainable technologies. Students will work in teams to design, build, and implement technologies. Past projects have included biodiesel production, photovoltaic panels, hydrogen electrolyzers, biomass heating units, methane digesters, or fuel cells. We’ll look at case studies from famous design/build teams, like Lockheed’s Skunkworks team. Projects can also include assisting with sustainable building construction, or production of websites or videos to display real-time building/performance indicators. (4 credits)
SL—G280 Ethnobotany: How Indigenous Peoples Use Plants for Culinary, Spiritual, Medicinal, and Other Purposes to Maintain Traditional Connections with Natural Law - Offered Biannually
Plants have met a large proportion of man’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for ages and continue to do so today, though often in new and less obvious ways. The broad scope of such use is the subject of this course, covering not only food and shelter but also clothing, herbs and spices, ornamentation, medicine, soaps, cosmetics, rope, and rubber, as well as artistic and spiritual uses. Course includes a trip to The Field Museum in Chicago. (4 credits) $65 course fee
SL—G290 Ecovillages and Intentional Communities: Greening (and Challenging!) the Wider Culture - Offered Biannually
In this course, students will learn about designing and living in ecovillages and intentional communities. Areas of focus will include how successful communities purchase, finance, and own property; internal community finances and community-based social enterprises; ecovillages and the ecocity movement; the transition town movement; community group dynamics and & dealing effectively with community conflict; and “ creating community where you live now” in existing neighborhoods or small towns. These areas will be explored through presentations from experts on living in and designing intentional communities, field trips, and a cumulative final group project. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)
Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge related to sustainability in real-world situations while earning academic credit.
SL—A301 Living Soil: Pure Consciousness Expressing Healthy Plants Through Vibrant Soil - Offered Annually
This course presents a journey into the soil beneath our feet — the true “ Last Frontier” — so close, yet so poorly understood. Students will delve into the world of the below ground and learn what all those billions of creatures are doing down there. Precisely because people did not understand healthy soil, “modern” chemical agriculture slowly but surely destroyed the very basis of healthy crop production. In this course, students will learn how and why modern agriculture fell into the trap of chemical dependency, and how to grow bumper crops that contain nutrients in the forms, amounts and balances that humans require. They will also learn which organisms are needed in soil for different plant species and in different climates, and how to see them and monitor their presence. The course also teaches how to easily grow one’s own soil biota and put them back into soil to replenish and revitalize gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, vineyards or their own back yard. Lab fee: $65. (4 credits) Prerequisites: SL—G101, SL—G195, and SL—G350
SL—B301 High Performance Green Building: Shaping the Future with Regenerative Design - Offered Biannually
Fifty percent of the energy that flows through the US economy is used in buildings. Rethinking the design of buildings is a key part of sustainability. In this course, students learn the basic principles of designing and constructing climate responsive buildings that create more energy and clean water than they use. The emphasis will be on using commercially available conventional building materials, although natural building materials will be introduced. (Building with natural, lightly processed materials is covered in Building 203: Natural Building.) Topics include: the design process, building science, energy, air and moisture flow in buildings, health effects of material selection, building components (foundations, wall sections, roof systems, HVAC, siding etc.), the development process, zoning, passive solar/renewable energy, and siting. (4 credits) Prerequisite: SL—G101 Course Fee: $65
SL—E301 Modeling and Monitoring Energy Flow - Offered Biannually
This course gives practical experience in using computers to model energy flow in buildings and renewable energy systems and in systems for monitoring energy flow. Students should have a good understanding of the physics of energy flow, energy flow in building, and renewable energy systems. Software may include RESNET energy modeling software, Energy 10, and HEED. Energy monitoring systems will use Onset Computing energy monitoring hardware and Hoboware pro software. Building commissioning will be discussed. Energy modeling software is useful in the design phase of a project and is often required to establish benchmark performance for utility rebates and other incentives. Energy monitoring systems are useful for making building energy use visible to occupants, and for verifying and troubleshooting performance of energy systems. (4 credits) Prerequisites: SL—E101, MATH 170, or consent of the instructor. Course Fee $65
SL—P303 Energy, Consciousness, and Society - Offered Biannually
Powering the future with intelligent energy policies and technical innovation is a key part of human society's bid for sustainability. This course explores how such a future can be achieved. Students start by researching what is currently happening in different countries around the world, along with a special focus on Iowa. The course then studies the potential of renewable energy and associated nascent technologies to replace traditional energy resources and their associated problems. Through collaborative teamwork projects the class will create their road map for a consciousness-based change to a society with clean, abundant energy. Individual class participants will also have an opportunity to research a special area of energy in society of most interest. (4 credits) Course Fee: $65
SL—F305 Spirituality and Sustainability - Offered Annually
The goal of this course is to expose students to the thinking of some of the leaders in the field of sustainability who feel that there is an important relationship between spirituality and sustainability. Some of these thinkers go so far as to say that this relationship is essential to the project of sustainability so that without understanding spirituality there is no sustainability. This course will explore the relationship of spirit and sustenance in a variety of ways, through readings, field trips and speakers. By interacting with people outside of our community, sometimes in real world situations, students will have the opportunity to see how a person’s belief system affects their idea of sustainability and in turn their actions. (4 credits) Course Fee: $65
SL—F310 Social Justice and Sustainability - Offered Annually
Is it possible to have a grossly inequitable society and still have it be “sustainable?” Is “sustainable development” really sustainable if it is undertaken within a context of economic injustice? Are modern western societies and globalization just a new face on an old, unsustainable theme: empire? We will attempt to answer these questions, and raise several others, in this course. This class will explore concepts like “environmental racism” and disciplines like “eco-pedagogy” as it looks at the role that social justice should play within the project of sustainability. We will read authors like Vandana Shiva, David Orr, and Paulo Freire. Also, students will conceive and direct a project that addresses social justice issues within the community of Fairfield. (4 credits) Course Fee $65
SL—G340 Economics of Sustainability - Offered Biannually
Gain a conceptual understanding of economic sustainability and acquire specific knowledge and information needed to apply these concepts in your professional and personal life. A sustainable economy must be capable of meeting the needs of the present without diminishing opportunities for the future. Since all economic value is derived from either nature or society, a sustainable economy must continually renew and regenerate the “natural and human capital” from which it derived its “economic capital.” Sustainable capitalism may seem an oxymoron because today’s neoclassical capitalist economy clearly is not sustainable. However, market economies provide the most efficient means of meeting our individual needs if nature and society are protected from economic exploitation. We have the collective ability and means to work together to provide the social and political restraints and incentives needed to ensure long run ecological and social integrity. Through hands-on experiences both on campus and in the community, students in this course will gain an understanding of how sustainable living creates the ethical and intellectual foundation for sustainable businesses, communities, economies, and societies. (4 credits) Course Fee $65
SL—G370 Environmental Law: Connecting National Law with Natural Law to Protect the Environment from Global Warming, Pollution, and Resource Depletion
From local regulations about water quality to global initiatives like the Kyoto Accord, the law is an important tool for regulating our use of the environment. During this course, students will become familiar with international treaties and protocols on global warming, pollution, and endangered species. The class will also study the key features of American environmental law including the Clean Air and Water Act, the Environmental Protection Act, and other current policies and regulations. Perhaps most importantly, students will understand the lawmaking process as a way to use the legal system to bring about positive change and build sustainable communities. (4 credits)
SL—G399 Directed Study
Prerequisite: consent of the Department faculty
SL—G400 Sustainable Living Project Prep: Planning Your Personal Contribution to Life
This course is devoted to preparing students for the Senior Sustainable Living Project (SL—G401). Students will meet with faculty to research, discuss, and plan the project to ensure that it will unfold as smoothly as possible. (4 credits) Prerequisites: good academic standing and consent of the instructor
SL—A401 Planning a Sustainable Family Farm: Natural Law as the Basis of Intelligent Planning - Offered Biannually
This course provides an opportunity for students to create a business plan for a small farm or farming-related business. Students will learn the planning process from exploring their values and goals to creating a vision and mission, and on to planning strategies for the financial, human resources, marketing and production aspects of their farm/business. Topics will include annual and perennial crops, value-added enterprises, income/cash flow, risk analysis and contingency planning. We will also examine the SPIN business models for small farms. The class will include field trips to local farms and food-related businesses. Course fee: $65 (4 credits) Prerequisite: one of the following: SL—A101, SL—A201, SL—A301, or consent of the instructor
SL—F401 Philosophies of Sustainability: Locating the Deepest Levels of Natural Law in the Foundations of Sustainable Thinking - Offered Annually
This course will break down the meta-concept of sustainability into its constituent parts: its social, environmental, and economic aspects, as well as how the concepts of democracy, technology, and spirituality relate to sustainability. This course will start out with an overview of the sustainability movement as presented in the Sustainability Revolution by Andres Edwards. Supplemental readings will address aspects of the philosophies of sustainability left out by Edwards’ summary, including anthropocentrism, capitalism, and others. Through films, reading assignments, lectures, and discussions, students will formulate their own definition of sustainability to make the abstract concept of sustainability practical to their everyday lives. (4 credits) Prerequisite: SL—G202 Course Fee: $65
SL—G401 Senior Sustainable Living Project: Applying Natural Law-Based Knowledge to Real-World Enterprises to Test Principles of Sustainable Technologies
In this final course, students apply what they have learned to a special senior capstone project. Under the guidance of faculty, students will design and implement some aspect of a sustainable community, using opportunities in the city of Fairfield, Maharishi Vedic City, Abundance Ecovillage (just north of Fairfield), or the Maharishi University of Management campus itself. The project may be an individual effort, or students may work together in small teams to produce a fitting tribute to the concept of Sustainable Living, one that will prepare them to take on real projects wherever they may choose to work.
(4 credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: SL—G101
SL—G402 Green Leadership Adventure - Offered Annually
This action-packed course will explore group dynamics and leadership in the context of adventure sports while providing visits to world-famous projects and institutions known for sustainable design. This course has been offered in Hawaii, and the Western US. Future host locations include the coast of Maine, Costa Rica, and Bhutan. Course length varies from 4- 6 weeks. (4- 6 credits) Course Fee Varies Based on Trip Location
SL—G403 Apprenticeship in Teaching Sustainability: Assisting with the Instruction of Selected Courses in the Sustainable Living Program
This course is designed to allow advanced undergraduate students of good academic standing the opportunity to assist an instructor in teaching a course in sustainability. It is especially recommended for those students who plan to go into a teaching career or who expect to help finance graduate work through teaching assistantships. In most cases it will involve helping the instructor with course planning and preparation, small discussion groups, homework and quiz grading. Some lecture and lab preparation and presentation may also be included as a teaching experience. (4 credits)
SL—P404 How to Create Social Change Offered Biannually
We have the solutions to create a sustainable future, but it isn’t happening nearly fast enough. This course studies what works to achieve big social change to make a sustainable future happen. This is a ‘brains-on,’ practical course. The class will meet with and interview an exciting range of highly successful change-makers in industry, campaign groups, and government. Some theory of social change will also be reviewed. Working as a team, students will develop their own understanding of social change and create a definitive report on the topic. We will also look at the many opportunities for graduates to build meaningful careers in this field. Lab fee: $25. (4 credits)
Deep Ecology is a movement in environmental philosophy that differentiates itself by asking deeper questions about the assumptions active in our modern thinking and draws from deeper sources—including Eastern and Indigenous religions and philosophies—in order to understand the human role in the current ecological crises and to generate truly novel solutions. Deep Sustainability, or the particular kind of Deep Sustainability that is being developed here at MUM, is that kind of thinking applied to the sustainability movement. It questions the commonly held beliefs of our scientistic and economistic worldview and it looks to the sources of human Being, like the idea of “purpose” or conceptions of “consciousness,” to guide our understanding into the future. Using Daniel Quinn’s book Ishmael as the primary text, but also looking at other theories of deep sustainability, this course in Deep Sustainability will challenge people to identify the worldviews they inhabit, to attempt to shift their paradigm towards evermore sustainable versions, and to reach out to people with other belief systems as a way of creating the new planetary consciousness that is necessary for the 21st Century.