Courses, Workshops, Curriculum Development
A country of 1.2 billion people with half of the population being under 23, India demands innovative strategies towards education that meets actual needs of the people. We at earth&us believe in educating future generations to meet the challenges of a complex, resource-limited, globalizing world not with fear and dread, but with optimism and direction. We believe in an integral, transdisciplinary pedagogy that empowers students to lead fulfilling lives while simultaneously taking care of the environment community that they are immersed in.
earth&us helps design curriculum for study-abroad programs visiting Auroville. It offers workshops on happiness, leadership and sustainability and experiential courses focussed on sustainability and economics. It also acts as a consultant and advisor to the Auroville Campus Initiative in designing administrative protocols.
Courses offered by our team
Course 1: Embodying Resilience: Sustainability in Auroville
Instructors: Minhaj Ameen & Bindu Mohanty (Ph. D)
This is an interdisciplinary course that systematically approaches the paramount need for embodying sustainable practices in the face of possible global collapse. The ongoing degradation of the environment, as evidenced by population growth, resource depletion, mass extinction and climate change, could well lead to a break-down of the resilient systems of Earth adversely affecting human societies, particularly the poorer sections of societies in the developing countries. The course offers an overview of key areas namely population, ecosystems, climate change, energy, agriculture, water, and environmental economics and policy to understand how we can build resilient societies that can endure in the face of global change.
Course 2: Transforming Economics: From Growth to Resilience
Instructors: Bindu Mohanty (Ph. D), Minhaj Ameen
This course introduces current mainstream economic theories and explores the potential of transforming them to build resilient local economies. The course focuses on the application of environmental and economic development planning, policy, and management. Through an applied service learning approach, the course requires students to prepare a sustainable development plan for a community-based non-profit organization. Through this client-based planning project, students will have the opportunity to test how sustainable development concepts and different economic and environmental planning approaches can be applied to advance specific community goals within the constraints of a defined locale or region. The focus of this course is on creating and managing multi-stakeholder processes that take place in the local and regional urban economy.