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Education (Undergrad)

Ecology of Human Experience

This course examines individual identity development within particular social and cultural systems from birth through young adulthood. We will examine the means by which factors such as relationships, gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, ability, economics and value systems affect how individuals come to define themselves. Our aim is to examine the local and global forces that shape a human ecological system and how it, in turn, shapes and is shaped by individual identity development. Special attention will be placed on the implications of identity development and anti-discriminatory practice for educators working with diverse populations. Strategies for promoting healthy development across the ages are considered, such as social play activities, arts integration, physical and adventure activities, intercultural exchanges, environmental and social justice advocacy projects, etc.