About this Course
The objectives of this course are: -To introduce participants to different concepts of love, to empower them to be conscious of the power of love and the possibility of practicing it in everyday life, and to highlight in particular the idea of love as a force for social justice. -To communicate a sense of personal strength and empowerment by actively learning from each other and beginning to define how participants can apply their learning in service to society. This course will explore the concept of agape love (compassion/kindness) as a force for social justice and action and as the inspiration for service and the application of knowledge to positive social change. Biological, psychological, religious, and social perspectives of love will be discussed, drawing on the expertise of people from a variety of disciplines. During the six-week course, the following topics will be raised and discussed: kinds of love/defining love; non-violent communication; love and the biology of the brain; love as a basic concept of religious and ethical beliefs (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Gandhian); love applied in action, and poetic expressions of love as a social force. This curriculum aims to foster a sense of the importance of love as a key phenomenon in creating community, connection, and functional societies among humans. Course materials will draw from a variety of sources. One of the goals of the class is to provide participants with some knowledge of the literature of love, and readings for the course are listed in the outline of the course on the pages that follow.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction

Course introduction...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 3 readings
Video1 videos
Reading3 readings
Instructor Biographies5m
Exploring True Love15m
The Art and Practice of Loving - Frank Andrews0m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Words and the Meaning of Love

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Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Students defining love and love's opposite3m
Reading7 readings
Contextualizing Words and the Meaning of Love5m
Types of Love15m
Student Information5m
Dictionary Definition of Love10m
What is Non-Violent Communication? A summary.10m
Discussion Forums: Words and the Meaning of Love10m
Suggested Readings2m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Love and the Brain

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Reading
3 videos (Total 29 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Video: Ryan York in Conversation with Anne14m
Video: Robert Sapolsky in Conversation with Anne14m
Reading7 readings
Contextualizing Love and the Brain10m
Short bio of Ryan York10m
Short Bio of Robert Sapolsky10m
The Neuroscience of Empathy30m
Neurological Basis of Altruism30m
Discussion Forums: Love and the Brain10m
Suggested Readings2m

3

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Love and Monotheistic Religions

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Reading
4 videos (Total 49 min), 9 readings
Video4 videos
Video: Judaism - Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann in Conversation with Anne16m
Video: Christianity - Xavier Lavagetto in Conversation with Anne16m
Video: Islam - Ameena Jandali in Conversation with Anne14m
Reading9 readings
Contextualizing Religion10m
Short bio of Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann10m
Love Thy Neighbor! As Yourself? - Worship led by Rabbi Patricia30m
Short bio of Xavier Lavagetto10m
Benedict's First Encyclical30m
Scotty McLennan sermon30m
Short bio of Ameena Jandali10m
The Concept of Love in Islam30m
Suggested Readings2m
Clock
5 hours to complete

Love and Systems of Ethical Thought

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Reading
2 videos (Total 33 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Video: Gandhian Principles of Non-Violence - Linda Hess in Conversation with Anne15m
Reading8 readings
Contextualizing Ethical Systems of Thought10m
Short bio of Paul Harrison10m
Metta Bhavana — Cultivation of Loving-kindness30m
Beginning Practice of Lovingkindness30m
Suggested Readings20m
Short bio of Linda Hess10m
Gandhi's Philosophy of Non-Violence45m
Discussion Forums: Religion and Systems of Ethical Thought10m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Love in Action in One-on-One Interactions

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Reading
3 videos (Total 27 min), 6 readings
Video3 videos
Video: Delivering Health Care - Rekha Avirah in Conversation with Anne14m
Video: Beginning Education - Chana Stewart in Conversation with Anne12m
Reading6 readings
Contextualizing Love in Action10m
The Art and Practice of Loving - Chapters 4, 7, 8, 1210m
Short bio of Rekha Avirah10m
Short Bio of Chana Stewart10m
Short Bio of B.J. Miller10m
What Really Matters at the End of Life20m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Love in Action at Work in the Business Community

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Reading
1 video (Total 16 min), 4 readings
Reading4 readings
Contextualizing Love in the Workplace10m
Short Bio of Scotty McLennan10m
Short Bio of Nipun Mehta10m
Nipun Mehta - Designing for Generosity20m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Love in Action in Non-Governmental Organizations

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Reading
4 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading4 readings
Contextualizing Love in Non-Profit Organizations10m
Examples of Non-Profit Organizations that Consciously Express Principles of Love20m
Discussion Forums: Love in Action10m
Suggested Readings2m

5

Section
Clock
8 hours to complete

Love and Social Justice

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Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Reading9 readings
Contexualizing Love and Social Justice10m
A Natural History of Peace10m
Why Civil Resistance Works by Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth10m
Gandhi's Salt March10m
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom10m
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests10m
2017 Women's March10m
Discussion Forums: Love and Social Justice10m
Suggested Readings10m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Love as an Expression of Creativity and Meaning in Life

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Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 5 readings
Reading5 readings
Contextualizing Love as an Expression of Creativity and Meaning in Life10m
Poems of Protest and Revolution10m
Best Protest Songs from the 1960s10m
Discussion Forums: Love as an Expression of Creativity and Meaning in Life10m
Suggested Readings10m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Love in our Future Lives

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Reading
2 videos (Total 10 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Video: Closing Remarks1m
Reading3 readings
Suggested Readings10m
The Art and Practice of Loving10m
Course Certificate and Financial Aid10m
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Top Reviews

By ZPFeb 26th 2018

its close to my own philosophy\n\nand i want to learn something what can halp me do work on it\n\nand i find a people oppinions about it\n\ngood crossover biologocal culural and sociological course

By KHMay 27th 2018

Love as a Force for Social Justice is a great course to open up your mind and open up possibilities to look at the World with a pair of new eyes :-)

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  • The primary text that we suggest for this course is “The Art and Practice of Loving,” by Frank Andrews, PhD. We will make individual chapters available online during the course.

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