Himalayan Diversities: Environment, Livelihoods, and Culture
This course will introduce learners to the biological and cultural diversity of the vast Himalayan region, an area of incredible local, regional, and global importance. Join Professor Alark Saxena, lecturer and program director of the Yale Himalayan Initiative, as he delves into the natural and social worlds of this transnational space, covering everything from languages to climate change, to the future of the region.
The course is divided into six modules, each lasting one week, as well as an introductory unit. Each module includes videos, readings, resources, discussions, and assignments, completed asynchronously at the learner’s own pace. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet 2-3 times with their professor and their classmates during live online discussions.
Week 1 will introduce students to the scale and scope of the Himalayan region, its geology and environmental history.
Week 2 will focus on the cultural diversity of its peoples, their languages, religions, and cultures.
During Week 3, students will learn about the immense biological and ecological diversity of the Himalayas.
In Week 4, students will consider the physical landscapes of the region, as well as the livelihoods of the people who inhabit them.
Week 5 will offer a look at the changes and challenges to the social and climatic structures of this area.
The course culminates in Week 6 with an in-depth discussion of the future of the Himalayan region and the potential for long-term sustainability.
In addition to the main course, students will have access to supplementary modules, such as the Geographic Focus Sessions. These additional modules give students the option to explore areas of particular interest or to enhance their knowledge of a specific country or region.
At the end of the course, learners will be granted a certificate signifying their completion of Himalayan Diversities: Environment, Livelihoods, and Culture.
Join us for this unique learning opportunity, connect with other alumni and professors, and expand your knowledge of this vast and fascinating region!