Social and Multicultural Foundations

In this class, students study theories of community; work with the skills and qualities necessary to understand and foster a cohesive, compassionate, and creative learning community; and establish the ground for studying oneself in relationship. Particular attention is paid to systems of privilege and oppression and multicultural competence. Advocacy and public policy in terms of their effect on access and equity are explored. The course also provides the theoretical and experiential ground for working skillfully with diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, education, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability, including mental illness. Buddhist principles of non-duality and the coexistence of relative and absolute truth provide the conceptual basis from which students learn to bring a sense of maitri and nonaggression to their work.
Course Number: CNSC610
Units: 3.0