ECO 604: INTEGRATING SENSORY KNOWING AND CULTURE (3 credits)
Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Psychology
College of Social Science and Health
Michael J. Cohen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
November 1, 1998
Students will investigate their personal experiences, those of others, and a library of recent references related to their particular career field or interests that reflect upon the issues relevant to the integration of sensory ecology in that field. Students will read and discuss their interviews, field observations and literature in this area with Dr.Cohen and their study group. Students will gather a bibliography of literature in their professional field or interest that supports work in Integrated Ecology and prepare an annotated bibliography. Students will prepare a reflective paper of at least 15 typewritten double-spaced pages discussing how their experiences and the literature has informed their understanding of the opportunities for integration of Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology concepts within their career field.
Students must complete ECO 601 or its equivalent ECO 501.
interlibrary and Internet literature search
*Why think like nature works?
*People and nature as community
*The greening of psychotherapy
*Psychology of nature negatives
*Psychological origins of our separation from nature
*An ecology of spirit
* Reconnecting with natural senses
*The powers of natural senses
This sensory attachments to culture course is intended to empower the participants to:
*effectively search the literature in nature connected psychology in
preparation for the conduct of a special project
*analyze, summarize the research literature
*effectively integrate new understandings from the literature with
knowledge gained through observations within the professional arena
BRIEF NEED STATEMENT
Instructional programs for mid-career adults are effective, many times, only to the extent that the participants can individualize their studies for immediate application within the professional environment and culture. Such participants, motivated to explore aspects of the subject matter in greater detail, will be encouraged and guided in this pursuit. It is essential that educational institutions maximize the relevance of advanced studies to the demands and expectations of the business, corporate, governmental, and professional arenas. Such strategies which relate learning more closely to their cultural roots, work and what educators call "reality" permit more effective integration of new learning with prior learning and experience. Students who learn in this manner are advantaged within the marketplace and highly desired by employers.
Open as an elective to all graduate and undergraduate students who have completed ECO 501 and ECO 502 and with the permission of the instructor.
The student will initiate an initial telephone conference with the
instructor within one week of enrollment to clarify a plan of action for
the course. This initial contact will help familiarize the student and
instructor with one another, and permit the transmission of clear
expectations for completion of course requirements. Periodic telephone
interaction , as required, at student's expense, should be continued for
the duration of the course.
Frequent email communications between student and instructor should be
initiated and continued for the duration of the course.
Students may send communications and materials via postal service, as
appropriate. Chat room sessions, when available, can be held on a weekly
COURSE DELIVERY STYLE
Students conduct an exhaustive search for literature in a
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
*The Soul Unearthed, Cass Adams, 1996, J P Tarcher; ISBN: 0874778387
Students may select from the following general bibliographic materials, and the bibliographies they contain, as appropriate. See www.amazon.com for publication details and availability.
*Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukoff
*The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abby
*Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions, Richard Erdoes
*Voice of the Desert, Joseph Wood Krutch
*The Soul Unearthed, Cass Adams,
*My Name is Chellis, Chellis Glenndinning,
*Ecopsychology, Theodore Roszac
*The Web of Life, John Storer
*Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry
*Earth in Mind, David Orr
*Wilderness and the American Mind, Roderick Nash
*The Quiet Crisis, Stewart Udall
*Wisdom of the Body, Walter B. Connon
*Ishi in Two Worlds, Theodora Kroeber
*Education of Little Tree, Forest Carter
*Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pierce
*Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
*Summerhill, A.S. Neill
*The Web of Life, Fritjov Capra
*The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram
-Assignment #1: Collaborative Communication with Instructor
Initiate telephone contact with the instructor to clarify the plan of
action for the course and initiate collaborative email communications.
Maintain email contact with the instructor for the duration of the course.
Initiate and continue journal notations concerning all communications with
-Assignment #2: Literature Review
Conduct a library and Internet search for scholarly literature in texts and
journals specifically related to the selected topic under investigation
within the course, under the direction and guidance of the instructor. By
design, this should be an exhaustive but narrow and well focused gathering
of literature within the defined area under investigation with emphasis
upon applied issues in the degree field . Review the literature and
assesses its effectiveness, as a tool for the application of theories,
principles, and practices within the professional arena under
investigation. Make journal notations concerning all readings and prepare
an annotated bibliography which identifies the many ways the literature
-Assignment #3: Field Observations
The student will gather observations from within the professional arena
which is under inspection within the academic readings. This may include
simple observation, as well as interviews, carrying out text situations and
minor research ventures. Journal notations are especially important,
concerning the ways in which the professional arena informs the student's
understandings of applied issues within the special area of study.
Students should notate and define any situations in which the workplace
demonstrates or fails to demonstrate the effectiveness of theories,
principles and practices, as presented in the readings. These notation
should be formally summarized in chronological order in a formal written
report for review by the instructor. Strategies should be carried out that help
add sensory ecology experiences to readings and ongoing programs.
-Assignment #4: Scholarly Paper
Within the requirements for a course final paper found at
http://www.ecopsych.com/eco500paper.html prepare a major paper
containing a scholarly discussion of your findings.
Students are to gather insight into the differences between theory (from
the readings) and practice (from the field observations), identify and
clarify these incongruities, and propose solutions to better understanding
these differences. The paper should be approximately 15 double-spaced
typewritten pages and include thorough referencing of the literature and
SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING RESOURCES
*Guide to Internet Research
*Gateway to Academic Resources on Internet
*Research Guide on Internet
5833 Industrial Drive
Athens, OH 45701
Fax (614) 593-3045.
549 South Dawson
P.O. Box 81410
Seattle, WA 98108-1310
Fax (206) 694-2950.
Books can be ordered directly from the Web site.
INDIVIDUALIZATION OF STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS
The primary purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students
to carefully inspect the applicability of the theoretical literature within
their own professional environment. This course allows the student to
select a topic for study, identify the appropriate literature and
professional arena within which the exploration will be undertaken.
The instructor will evaluate the completeness and effectiveness of the
student's written materials, including the annotated bibliography, the
report on field observations, and the scholarly paper.
The instructor will reflect upon the following expectations in evaluating
the work of the student:
*detail of presentations
*richness and diversity of the material presented
*clarity of references to the scholarly readings
*focus and conceptual quality
*richness and coherence in translation of academic theories and concepts
*appropriateness of applications
*quality of writing of the scholarly presentation
COURSE GRADING DETERMINANTS
The course grade will be calculated according to the following formula:
*annotated bibliography 20%
*report on field observations 20%
*scholarly paper 60%
COURSE COMPLETION TIMETABLE
While the student is expected to carry out and complete all assignments and
expectations of the instructor within 180 days from the start date,
students are encouraged to pursue the course requirements according to the
Week #1: Make telephone contact with the instructor for the purpose of
establishing the plan of action and scheduling the timeline and mode of
communications for the duration of the course. Secure a recommended
bibliography from the instructor and begin to gather text and journal
literature in support of the selected topic.
Week #2: Submit by email a summarization of the agreed upon plan of action
for the course. Continue to gather literature and begin readings and
maintenance of journal notations (which must continue for the duration of
the project) related to all readings. Begin creation of an annotated
bibliography of the special project literature
Week #4: Continue to read and review the literature. Maintain journal
notations related to all readings. Begin to organize your thinking related
to the professional environment for the field observations.
Week #6: Initiate field observations and related journal notations.
Continue to review the scholarly literature, maintenance of journal
notations, and frequent communications with instructor.
Week #12: Prepare and submit the annotated bibliography. Begin at this
point to formulate reflections concerning observed differences between the
scholarly literature as it applies within the "real world" of the workplace
or professional environment.
Week #16: Prepare and submit written report related to field observations.
Begin structuring the scholarly paper. Continue communications with
instructor and maintenance of journal notations.
Week #20: Submit scholarly paper.
Week #22: Receipt of effective feedback from the instructor.
SPECIAL NOTES AND INSTRUCTIONS
The grade of Incomplete may be given ONLY AFTER discussion with the
instructor and only if there is an extremely good reason to give such a
grade. An Incomplete will NOT be given because a student is "behind" in
work, needs extra time, simply because s/he wants to delay the completion
of the assignments. It is important that you turn in assignments within
the parameters of the agreed timeline. However, there are often unforeseen
circumstances will may befall any of us, therefore, I will be patient with
you in the event of some personal crisis. Don't surprise me at the last
minute, call me, email me, and we will work it out.
-Thoughts about Writing.
Purchase a collegiate writing style manual. If you are unclear which is
the appropriate manual, please contact me and we can discuss this important
issue. All written work should adhere to the writing style and manuscript
preparation guidelines described in your style manual. Pay extra special
attention to the rules related to referencing and citation of the academic
literature. In all circumstances, you will be expected to acknowledge th
works of others which have informed the work you wish to submit as your
Academic dishonest in any of its forms, including cheating, plagiarism,
misuse of the University web site, failure to comply with guidelines for
the conduct of human or animal research, and all aspects of professional
ethics, will not be tolerated. Any form of academic dishonesty is grounds
for dismissal from the program.
FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Director, Project NatureConnect
P. O. Box 1605
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
Tel: (360) 378-6313
Communications should take place during daytime working hours in the western time zone or by appointment.