The online courses will initially be open only to Yale students for two credits each. Eventually the professors intend to make them available for a wider audience.
Tucker says the six-week courses, which will be introduced over the next three years, are uniquely suited for an online format. The curriculum explores the scriptural resources and ecological understandings of religious communities worldwide, from the major religions to local indigenous traditions.
The digital format will enable the instructors to incorporate interviews, videos, and other multimedia resources that are difficult to utilize in a traditional classroom setting.
While the main lectures will be viewable each week during the course, students will also be able to meet for discussion once a week with the instructors.
“So many students are studying ecological issues, but the science can sometimes be difficult to translate into policy,” said Matthew Riley
, the Online Education Specialist in Religion and Ecology at F&ES. “Students are seeking ways to engage with communities across the globe, and courses like these provide them with the knowledge, skills, and cultural literacy necessary to communicate environmental values.”