||The Study of Voluntary
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:
||Dr. Joanne Moyer
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs
sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||Voluntary Simplicity has a
long history as a personal and community response to societal concerns
ranging from poverty and inequality to problematic cultural influences
and environmental degradation. This course examines the concept,
theory, and practice of Voluntary Simplicity as an alternative value
system and lifeway. The course explores Voluntary Simplicity's
historical roots and contemporary expressions, emphasizing its
contribution to environmental sustainability, social justice, community
vitality, and personal well-being.
credits of ENVS 200, EDUC 363, GEOG 310 or 321, ECON, POLI, SOCI, PSYC
(not 327, 370, 375, 385, or 477)
Same as SSCI 320.
- Mark A. Burch. 2000. Stepping Lightly: Simplicity
for the People and the Planet. Gabriola Island: New
- Doris Janzen Longacre, and Valerie Weaver-Zercher
(Ed.) 2010. Living More
with Less. Scottsdale: Herald Press.
- Other Readings as assigned (see page 4), posted on
Moodle. See page 8 for bibliography.
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
|Practice of Simplicity
|Group Project and Presentation
||To enable to students to:
- Understand the history, context, and theory of the
voluntary simplicity movement.
- Engage with and critically reflect on voluntary
- Consider the implications and applications of
voluntary simplicity in addressing local and global issues, such as
economic equity, environmental sustainability, community building, and
quality of life.
- Develop and improve their writing and oral
presentation skills, and their ability to work in groups.
- Apply voluntary simplicity principles in their own
lives and communities.
Course Introduction; Voluntary Simplicity: Definitions and
Religion and Spirituality
Mindfulness - Guest: Chris Peet
Personal Simplicity - Self-Sufficiency "field trip"
Community Guest: Rosalie Gelderman
Work and Livelihood - field trip
Economy and Environment - Guest: Gerda Kits
Technology and Transportation - Guests: Amy Feaver, Rem
Equity and Non-violence
Resisting Consumption: Activism and Social Transformation
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.