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To explore the intimate relationship between one’s own body and the environment, the forms of depredations done to both the body and the environment and the various approaches to mediating further damages through the use of traditional healing practices for the body and effective decision-making for the earth.


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The Art and Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the prevention and treatment of Diabetes, Chronic pain and chronic illness.


TM193

1 Credit Seminar


Fourth World nations have the distinction of being located generally remote from state population centers throughout the world. Whether in the Russian Federation, Australia, France, Australia, or the United States, nations find themselves victims of nuclear radiation from tests, bomb manufacture, and waste storage. In this seminar we examine the social, economic, political, cultural, health, and strategic consequences of living under the nuclear cloud.
The history, meaning, and implications of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Fourth World diplomacy and the future of Fourth World Nations. What can the Declaration mean to the people at home?
The word Culture is derived from the root words ‘cult’ (worship) and ‘ure’ (earth), meaning worship of the earth. This course explores the ways peoples of the earth heal and worship through the use of plants and foods. We will explore the history and scope of ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and ethnomycology, examining the practices of peoples and their relationships to the plant world for health, healing, and ecstatic ritual. We will examine the impact of research, ecotravel and international organizations, including current controversies such as resource rights of indigenous peoples. Each student has the opportunity to focus on a particular cultural focus.
Where there is a culture there is a cuisine. Since the beginning of globalization in the 15th century foods found in the deep reaches of jungles, deserts, forests, oceans, and ice caves have in some instances become daily food for millions of peoples when originally they were discovered and consumed by peoples who long lived in a location. What is the history behind some of these Fourth World Foods and how does the natural version differ from the commercialized version? The health of the world’s peoples will depend on the success or failure of a growing “food sovereignty” movement and a wider understanding of nature’s living
food basket.
The word “therapist” is derived from the Greek word therapeutae referring to people who worship and serve. As an act of service and compassion, working with traumatized individuals and groups is spiritually rewarding. However, listening to horrifying experiences, witnessing pain, attending to chronic stress and anger, shouldering suicidality, and responding to the compelling needs of traumatized individuals inevitably precipitates sequelae common to trauma itself: Autonomic hyper-arousal, numbness, somatic complaints, disillusion, overwork, and other addictive behaviors

TM290 Integrative Traumatology
3 Credit Seminar
The word “therapist” is derived from the Greek word therapeutae referring to people who worship and serve. As an act of service and compassion, working with traumatized individuals and groups is spiritually rewarding. However, listening to horrifying experiences, witnessing pain, attending to chronic stress and anger, shouldering suicidality, and responding to the compelling needs of traumatized individuals inevitably precipitates sequelae common to trauma itself: Autonomic hyper-arousal, numbness, somatic complaints, disillusion, overwork, and other addictive behaviors.

In fourth world/indigenous nations, women have generally been held in higher regard than their counterparts in patriarchal states throughout history. This is visible in today's global social movements--most notably the climate and environmental justice, and food sovereignty movements. They are based in the traditional knowledge systems of indigenous peoples, and have culminated in discourses of indigenous feminism. 

This course is  design to familiarize students with historical and current social realities of political activism among fourth world and indigenous women, with a particular focus on Indigenous women in the US, Canada, and Hawaii.  Learners will be introduced to the concept of feminist theory and indigenous feminism in particular as a basis for understanding the context of indigenous female activism. The course is divided into three sections: feminism(s); activism, social movements, and politics; and issues.  Through the integration of these categories you will learn how indigenous histories, cultures, politics, and activism are woven together into the seamless whole that are the lives of indigenous women. 

How are nations the same and how are they different? As the rights of Fourth World Nations become the central debate when nations and states seek to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the diverse nature of Fourth World nations in their governance, internal cultures, external relations goals, and aspirations will become more pronounced. The diversity itself will challenge nations in their relations to each other and relations with states.
The main objective of the course is to provide students with a critical awareness of the symbiotic relationship between biological and Fourth World cultural diversity, and how the interaction between them contributes to the resilience and health of our planet and the significance of Fourth World nations occupying 80% of the World’s remaining biodiversity while states seek to consume more and more raw materials.
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This is a six week seminar offering Certificate and Graduate learners the opportunity to directly engage the domestic and international dialog concerning effective negotiations of mitigation and adaption strategies responding to the adverse effects of climate change.
This course explores pre- and post-colonial indigenous political development (including a survey of the political development literature); arguments that present limitations to the political development thesis; political development through the colonial lens of the American government; political economy and capitalism; environmental justice; and political development in the context of the international political landscape.
This course is a discussion of the intimate relationship between consciousness, life and the universe based in Ancient Knowledge Systems. When we say we understand, or when we say we know, that is the moment when we can measure the breadth of our comprehension. Culture and the appreciation of human culture are the essential ingredients in our discourse. It is with full appreciation of these ingredients that we will examine modes of thought, myth, metaphor,
and approaches to mediating the mundane and the sublime as we explore consciousness in the living universe: the sciences of ancient cultures.

Enrollment: Independent Learners (3 Learner Units), Certificate Learners (3 Learner Units), Graduate Learners (6 Academic Credits)