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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week ...
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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week ...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action!

Learn what this course is about, who's teaching it, and other ways you can explore this topic. Meet and greet your peers as well!...
Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 5 readings
Reading5 readings
Course Description5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Meet Your Instructional Team!5m
Recommended Texts5m
Web Resources15m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction – Journey of the Universe Conversations

The universe’s evolutionary development forces it to leave eras and to start new eras, which is taking place in our own moment in time. We’re in one such moment. We are being pushed out of the industrial era into a new era of Earth’s history” ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 88 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Tucker, “Ethics in an Age of Extinction”11m
Journey of the Universe (full film)56m
Brian Swimme - Introduction3m
Reading3 readings
"The New Story," by Thomas Berry30m
“The Unfolding Story of the Universe”, A Conversation with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Julianne Warren20m
Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, NYC25m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Living Within a Universe Story18m
Introduction – Journey of the Universe Conversations20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Beginning of the Universe: Galaxies, Stars, and the Solar System

A star is required for the production of carbon and oxygen and a galaxy is required for the production of stars. So the Milky Way galaxy as a whole is required for our hands. Understanding our cosmological nature is the first step into a new era. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 97 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Galaxies Forming (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)21m
The Emanating Brilliance of Stars (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)22m
Birth of the Solar System (Craig Kochel)24m
Beginning, Galaxies, Stars and Solar System5m
Reading9 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 1: Beginning of the Universe30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Beginning of the Universe15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 2: Galaxies Forming30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Formation of Galaxies15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 3: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars30m
Scientific Summaries, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars5m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 4: Birth of the Solar System30m
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)10m
Scientific Summaries, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Birth of the Solar System10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Beginning of the Universe (Joel Primack)14m
Galaxies Forming (Todd Duncan & Joel Primack)14m
The Emanating Brilliance of Stars (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)8m
Birth of the Solar System (Craig Kochel)14m
Beginning of the Universe: Galaxies, Stars, and the Solar System20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Emergence of Life, Learning, and Humans

We discuss the oxygen crisis two billion years ago and the endosymbiosis that dealt with it creatively. We too will deal with the enveloping crises of our time, first of all by tending to them, by taking responsibility for them....
Reading
5 videos (Total 125 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Learning, Living, and Dying (Terry Deacon)38m
The Passion of Animals (Scott Sampson)20m
The Origin of the Human (Melissa Nelson and John Grim)31m
Life, Learning and Humans5m
Reading9 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 5: Life’s Emergence30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Life’s Emergence15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 6: Living and Dying30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Living and Dying15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 7: The Passion of Animals30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: the Passion of Animals15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 8: The Origin of the Human30m
American Museum of Natural History, Evolution Today10m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Origin of the Human15m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Life's Emergence (Terry Deacon and Ursula Goodenough)14m
Learning, Living, and Dying (Terry Deacon)10m
The Passion of Animals (Scott Sampson)10m
The Origin of the Human (Melissa Nelson and John Grim)8m
Emergence of Life, Learning, and Humans20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Becoming a Planetary Presence: Communities, Cities, and Economics

The story of the isolated neutron’s quick decay and the neutron+proton’s long term stability as an illustration of the synergistic effects that will take place in Eco-cities. In ways we can only guess at, these new mutually enhancing relationships will lead to a qualitatively new vitality. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 106 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
Transition (Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker)3m
Breakthrough Communities (Carl Anthony)26m
Eco-Cities (Richard Register)25m
Ecological Economics (Richard Norgaard)24m
Planetary Presence, Economics, Eco-cities1m
Reading7 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 9: Becoming a Planetary Presence30m
Scientific Summaries, by Riley and Swimme: Becoming a Planetary Presence15m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 10: Rethinking Matter and Time30m
Scientific Summaries, by Riley and Swimme: Rethinking Matter and Time30m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 11: Emerging Earth Community30m
Mary Evelyn Tucker and Mary Gorham “Business and Sustainability”20m
Solutions Journal - Read one article20m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Becoming a Planetary Presence (Cynthia Brown)8m
Transition (Mary Evelyn Tucker)2m
Breakthrough Communities (Carl Anthony)6m
Eco-Cities (Richard Register)12m
Ecological Economics (Richard Norgaard)8m
Becoming a Planetary Presence: Communities, Cities, and Economics20m
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Top Reviews

By VBJan 28th 2018

I loved this course. I see my place in the world in an entirely new way. Each one of us has a "great work" that we can contribute to our ever evolving and expanding universe.

By MWJan 4th 2017

A wonderful course providing deep insights into deep time and history. Well constructed lessons presented in a format that encourages participation and learning.

Instructors

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Mary Evelyn Tucker

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

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. ...

About the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization

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. As part of the Specialization, we investigate the life of Thomas Berry, a historian of world religions known for articulating a “new story” of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary sciences and cultural traditions for creating a flourishing future....
Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times

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