Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Courses of Study

Course of Study for the PCC MA Program

The PCC program has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges.

Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within this work.

Students may earn either their MA or PhD, with a track in Integral Ecology, if they choose (see below for more on the Integral Ecology track).

Both the MA and the PhD programs strive to embrace the degree goals throughout the curriculum, and should be understood in the context of an overarching commitment to the cultivation of creative vitality and spiritual insight.

MA Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities.  By understanding transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures.

Goal 1: Global Change Agents

To generate creative and effective thinking about the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of the ecological, cultural, and spiritual crisis that is currently facing the human and nonhuman members of the Earth community

Student Learning Outcome 1:               

Students will be able to articulate sophisticated critiques of the causes and consequences of the current global crises, reflecting and understanding of human embeddedness in the planetary community.

Student Learning Outcome  2:

In response to the currently dominant worldview, students will be able to generate alternatives that promote a sustainable and flourishing future for the broader Earth community.

Goal 2: Sophisticated Evaluation          

To develop and apply appreciative and critical evaluations of major transitions in Western world views that have contributed to the current planetary situation.

Student Learning Outcome 3:

Students will be able to speak and write cogently about the nature of world views for a variety of scholarly and popular audiences.

Student Learning Outcome 4:               

Students will be able to critically reflect upon the history and evolution of Western world views.

Student Learning Outcome 5:               

Students will be able to critically engage with dominant paradigmatic elements in the history of ideas and culture, with a focus on Western world views.

Goal 3: Transdisciplinarity

To critique, evaluate, and apply transdisciplinary scholarship.

Student Learning Outcome 6:               

Students will demonstrate competence in transdisciplinary thinking by integrating content and frameworks from at least two disciplines to create scholarly products.

Student Learning Outcome 7:               

Students will be able to critically engage with research approaches from a diversity of perspectives (e.g., religious and spiritual traditions, historical, and scientific perspectives).

Goal 4:  Inner and outer evolution

To clarify and expand the relevance of ideas studied to one’s personal life and aspirations, with an eye to their implications for the transformation of culture and society at large.

Student Learning Outcome 8:               

Students will be able to build connections between their studies, their personal lives, and the larger communities in which they are embedded.

Student Learning Outcome 9:

Students will be able to tap into and express individual creativity through personal and/or scholarly communication.

MA Integrative Seminar

The Master’s Integrative Seminar is structured to help graduating students discover and consolidate what they have learned in their studies in PCC. Through a process of collaborative inquiry, students refine their unique perspectives and their ability to bridge various bodies of knowledge, while developing plans for their next steps after graduation. The course culminates with a public presentation to the assembled PCC community of the students’ key insights. Students who plan to graduate in the summer or fall semesters should plan to take the Integrative Seminar in the preceding spring.

 

MA Thesis Option

Faculty normally recommend against the thesis option unless the student expects, upon completion of the MA, to be applying to a doctoral program outside of CIIS; has formulated a viable topic by the end of the first semester; and is considered by the advisor to be an excellent writer.

 

MA Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. For Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds will be considered. The materials required are an autobiography, a statement of goals (ideally several pages), a writing sample, and transcripts. Applicants should be familiar with the PCC curriculum and the published writings of at least one PCC core faculty member.

 

Curriculum

MA in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

—36 units

 

  I.  Foundational Course—3 units

      PARP 6060        Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

 

II.  Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Electives—18 units

      Select from the following courses (course options may vary):

      PARP 6110        Cosmological Powers

      PARP 6120        Cosmology of Literature

      PARP 6225        Synchronicity and Its Implications

      PARP 6270        Asian Spiritual Masters

      PARP 6275        Plato and Platonism

      PARP 6279        Christian Contemplative Traditions: History, Theology, Practice, and Theory

      PARP 6283        Merleau-Ponty: The Body and the Earth

      PARP 6315        Epic of the Universe           

      PARP 6391        The Alchemy of Permaculture

      PARP 6403        Spirit and Nature

      PARP 6407        Karma and Biography

      PARP 6455        Becoming Intimate with Nature

      PARP 6499        A Brief History of Western Thought

      PARP 6506        The Great Turning

      PARP 6522        Science, Ecology, and Contested Knowledge(s)

      PARP 6523        Environmental Ethics

      PARP 6525        Perspectives on Integral Ecology

      PARP 6533        Touch the Earth

      PARP 6538        Krishna, Buddha, and Christ

      PARP 6563        Buddhism and Ecology

      PARP 6651        Integral Gaia

      PARP 6743        Hill of the Hawk I

      PARP 6744        Hill of the Hawk II

      PARP 6746        The Earth Journey

      PARP 6748        Nature and Eros

      PARP 6754        Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy

      PARP 6800        Integral T’ai Chi

      PARP 6822        Hegel, Wilber, Morin: System and Method (Advanced Seminar)

      PARP 6821        Archetypal Process: Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman

      PARP 7001        Psyche and Cosmos I: Transpersonal Psychology and Archetypal Astrology

      PARP 7002        Psyche and Cosmos II: Transits in Depth (Practicum)

      PARP 7007        American Philosophy

      PARP 7008        James Hillman and Archetypal Psychology: An Introduction

      PARP 7078        Teilhard and Steiner

      PARP 7105        Archetypes, Art, and Culture

      PARP 7114        Advanced Seminar: C. G. Jung

      PARP 7400        Psyche and Spirit: From the Psychology of Religion to Transpersonal Theory

      PARP 8150        Advanced Seminar: Nietzsche’s Life and Work

      PARP 9568        The Planetary Era: Toward a New Wisdom Culture

 

III. General Electives—13 units

      13 units from any program.         

 

IV.  Culminating Coursework—2 units

      PARP 7701        Integrative Seminar

 

V.  Optional Thesis—0 units

      Advisor approval required.

      PARP 6900        Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Completion

      PARP 7900        Thesis/Dissertation Seminar

 

Curriculum

MA in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
(Integral Ecology track)—36 units

 

  I.  Required Courses—6 units

      PARP 6060        Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

      Select one of the following courses:

      PARP 6525        Towards an Integral Ecological Consciousness 

      PARP 6651        Integral Gaia

 

II.  Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Electives—7 units

      Select from the courses listed in the PCC electives list above.

 

III. Integral Ecology Electives—6 units

      Select from the following (course options may vary):

      PARP 6110        Cosmological Powers

      PARP 6120        Cosmology of Literature

      PARP 6315        Epic of the Universe

      PARP 6391        The Alchemy of Permaculture

      PARP 6403        Spirit and Nature

      PARP 6455        Becoming Intimate with Nature

      PARP 6506        The Great Turning

      PARP 6522        Science, Ecology, and Contested Knowledge(s)

      PARP 6523        Environmental Ethics

      PARP 6533        Touch the Earth: Integral Ecology Practicum

      PARP 6563        Buddhism and Ecology

      PARP 6743        Hill of the Hawk I

      PARP 6744        Hill of the Hawk II

      PARP 6746        The Earth Journey

      PARP 6748        Nature and Eros

      PARP 6822        Advanced Seminar: Hegel, Wilber, Morin

      PARP 9568        The Planetary Era: Toward a New Wisdom Culture

 

IV.  General Electives—12 units

      12 units from any program.

 

V.  Integral Ecology Practicum—3 units

      PARP 6533        Touch the Earth: Integral Ecology Practicum, combines a semester-long Integral Ecology fieldwork experience of the student’s own choosing with a discussion seminar.

       

VI.  Culminating Coursework—2 units

      PARP 7701        Integrative Seminar

 

VII.                          Optional Culminating Coursework—0 units

      Advisor approval required.

      PARP 6900        Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Completion

      PARP 7900        Thesis/Dissertation Seminar