Cosmology and Mythology: Living Between Earth and Sky

Spring 2020
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
8 12 Credits per quarter
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Through an exploration of diverse cosmologies, science and story, intellect and imagination, we will develop tools and perspectives to understand our relationship to the earth and sky in cosmological and human scales. How do diverse cultures and disciplines express a relationship to the cosmos as they ask foundational questions: “Who are we?” “Why are we here?” and “What difference does it make?”  What is the relationship between science, story, and sustainability and cosmology, culture, and ecology?  

As we study cosmological traditions, we will focus on mythology, literature, archeo-astronomy, philosophy, history, inquiry-based science and astronomy education, indigenous science, and environmental ethics. Students will participate in a variety of activities from telling star-stories and participating in star hunts to working in a computer lab to create educational programs. We will employ a variety of methods of observation, investigation, hands-on activities, and strategies that foster inquiry-based learning, employ critical and creative modes of thinking, and engage the imagination. Through readings, writing, lectures, films, workshops, and discussions, we will deepen our understanding of the principles and role that cosmology plays in our lives through the stories we tell, the observations we make, and the questions we ask. As observers and participants of a vast cosmos, what is our relationship to science, wisdom, the future in our quest for a flourishing earth?

12 Credit Option: Students who enroll for 12 credits will participate in all program activities plus a 4 credit in-program Individual Learning Contract (ILC) or Internship. The content of the ILC or internship must relate to the program and will need to be approved by the faculty by the end of Week 1 of the quarter. Email the faculty directly with any questions about other credit options.


Meets Tues and Thurs, 6-10 PM.

Primary Location: SEM 2 B1105

Field Trip: May 21


Spring 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

(12): 30131
(8): 30132

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

cosmology and science; literature, mythology, narrative studies; writing, storytelling, communication; leadership; sustainability studies; ecology; social and environmental ethics and advocacy; social, political and environmental activism; history; philosophy; indigenous science and studies; earth and sky sciences, astronomy, STEAM education; environmental and outdoor education; public programs and interpretive work (museums, parks, observatories), public policy, and other areas.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$60 for field trips and needed supplies


Time Offered
Additional Schedule Details

Field Trip: May 21

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see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

LIB 2619 - Mac Lab


Date Revision
2019-11-05 12-credit option added