Enroll today for the spring session of our popular online seminar Ecology, Democracy, Utopia!  The course will meet every Monday at 1 pm EST from March 12th through April 30th.

Participants will learn the foundations of social ecology and apply these insights to a variety of contemporary political and ecological problems, sharpening their understanding of the world while developing visionary ideas to change it. The course explores a broad range of interconnected themes, including:

  • What is Social Ecology?
  • The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy
  • Understanding Nature: Towards a Dialectical Naturalism
  • Capitalism, Critique, Alternatives
  • Technology, Agriculture, and Society
  • Politics Beyond the State:Popular Assemblies/Direct Democracy
  • Getting from Here to There:Social Movements and Community Organizing
  • Reconstructive Vision: Reclaiming Utopia

Format: The course is arranged into eight thematic units which combine a video lecture by ISE faculty, the weekly online seminar, readings, and online discussion forums. Each week, participants watch a pre-recorded video lecture and read the assigned texts, then discuss them with faculty and other students during the weekly online seminar. There are also online forums where the conversation can be continued between sessions. There are no written assignments or grades, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

Registration costs $100 and is open to everyone, but space is limited. To enroll, write us at social-ecology@mail.mayfirst.org. Through our partnership with Goddard College, students who enroll in their low-residency BA program are able to earn college credit for the course; some students from other institutions have been able to take the course for credit via their home university as an independent study.

We look forward to learning and changing the world together!