Seattle Permaculture Guild
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Some courses of particular interest to Permaculturists:
ENC656: Healthy, Sustainable Communities (3) Explore qualities that make communities healthy and sustainable including the natural and built environment; social capital and connectedness; cultural and ethnic diversity; vibrant local economies; and participatory, responsive governance. Grounded in appreciative inquiry and using a case study approach, students assess the health and sustainability of their own communities and develop practical strategies for enhancing them.
ENC657: Healthy Environments, Healthy People (3) Explore the role of the biophysical environment as a determinant of health at community, national and global levels. Consider how indoor and outdoor environmental quality, including toxic chemicals and microbiological organisms, affect population health. Learn how to research and evaluate environmental health information and how to use this information to effect social change.
ENC665: The Political Ecology of Food and Eating (3) Food choices have a significant impact on natural systems, cultural practices and political economic structures. Examine food production, distribution and consumption issues across political, social, cultural and economic dimensions and develop a more sophisticated understanding of the connection between how we eat and how we live.
ENC696: Permaculture and Sustainable Systems Design (3) Examine principles and methodologies of restorative and sustainable ecological design, and combine various skills in permaculture, urban sustainability, natural building and community development in a holistic approach. Develop the practical skills and knowledge to design and implement restorative and sustainable systems — at home, work and elsewhere — in harmony with the natural world.
MGT634: Globalization and Its Discontents: The Political Economy of the 21st Century (3) Examine contemporary economic globalization and some of its cultural, social, and ecological impacts throughout the world. The culture of capitalism and the economic principles of the market economy are the starting points in this study of both constructive and damaging effects of contemporary globalization
OPP631: Systems-level Intervention and Change (3) Students collaboratively explore the large-group strategy in whole-organization and community change efforts. Focusing on technologies such as Future Search, Real Time Strategic Change, SimuReal and Open Space, students learn about the history, philosophy, theory and practice of large-group interventions. Students gain design skills by helping an organization decide whether to use a large-group intervention strategy.
OPP638D: Group Dynamics and Facilitation (3) Deepen theoretical and practical understanding of group process and group roles. Examine models of group facilitation, identify the values and attitudes the facilitator brings to the role and practice facilitation within and outside the classroom setting.
WSD617B: Experience of Place (3) Develop greater awareness of how inter-relationships with the places we frequent affect our effectiveness, health, the quality of our designs and our relationship with the more-than-human world. Seattle — an evolving synthesis of its naturally occurring location, conscious and unconscious human design and relationship with its larger environment — is a particular focus.
STC610: Communicating Across Cultures (3) Students develop awareness, knowledge and skills to understand between-the-lines messages across cultures, avoid costly miscommunications and build strong relationships within and among diverse constituencies. Key competencies include effective listening skills, interpersonal communication skills and group communication skills.
CCC545: Systemic Thinking for a Changing World (3) Develop conceptual frameworks and integrative and analytic skills for understanding complex, dynamic patterns in human and natural systems. Students gain an understanding of the relationships between world views (and mental models) and actions (including thoughts, behaviors, policies, social structures, etc.) with particular attention to the influences of dualism, reductionism and wholism.