Who is this class for: This course is introductory and aimed at an educated public, ranging from those with college education to those without. No prerequisite knowledge is needed - just an openness to learn about the complex development of the universe, Earth, and life. Within this epic story we will explore the role of humans given our present social and ecological challenges.

Created by:  Yale University

  • Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Taught by:  Mary Evelyn Tucker , Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • John Grim

    Taught by:  John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Basic Info
Commitment7 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified)
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 of 34 ratings

This course will give new insight, grand thought concerning everything, the all things exist in the universe, to you. I want you to have these things as I have.

What a great person Thomas Berry was!

This was an eye opener and an amazing and inspiring experience for me. I couldn't wait to watch the videos and read the portions of the books, downloaded all the transcripts to read later again! I didn't know anything about Thomas Berry and had a sort of skepticism towards a catholic priest approach to environmentalism. But I was blown away by his amazing vision and open mind. I loved that the course is respectful of religious (and non religious) views. Thomas Berry simple but transformational experience in the meadow and his love and understanding of nature and nature's rights completely transformed my own thinking and approach to the Great Work ahead for each one of us. Just before completing the course I attended an Art of Mentoring experience and between these two, they sealed my commitment to the Great Work. Thank you!

Loved learning about Thomas Berry's amazing writing and the 'Great Work'.