Ecopsychology Online Course FAQs
Here are a few of the questions I’ve been asked about the course over the last few years. If you have any other questions, please do get in touch.
How long have I got to complete the course?
To make sure the process fits around you, I allow up to one year to complete the course. After then, any remaining tutorials are forfeit. No one has yet managed to complete the course in less that 12 weeks, so we offer that as a rough guideline for a minimum timeframe.
What resources do I get access to?
I provide a document on Google Drive where I post resources and notes from our tutorial sessions. There is a basic reading list here too, to get things started.
In addition, I offer access to a large library of PDF files that you can download as your curiosity takes you. I identify other readings as we go, according to your interests. Many of these are available as PDF files.
Do I have to write an assignment?
There are no written assignments. However, some participants ask me to set one for them to help support their learning. I am very happy to then give feedback about this. I can also offer feedback about other written work you might be doing. For example, some people do the course to support their post-graduate research or a project at work. The point here is that you decide what will be most helpful and I respond.
Is there a curriculum?
No. See below…
What’s the structure of the course?
The structure of the process fits around the tutorial sessions. At the beginning of each tutorial we agree an agenda of things you would like to explore, or have been reading about. In this sense, the structure is led by you. I can give more or less structure according to your learning style. For example, some people ask me to set deadlines to help them complete the reading. Others hate having deadlines!
What you learn about is worked out in the first session where I ask a series of questions to help you locate your interests. The field of ecopsychology is truly vast, but once we find the questions and particular threads you bring to the learning, I can advise you how to proceed. Everything is written up in our shared Google document, so you can refer to that at anytime as your personal guide.
The essence of the course is that it is incredibly flexible and “student-centred”.
Is the course accredited?
We do not seek formal / institutional accreditation for this programme because:
1/. The course is counter-cultural. It is incongruent for it to be institutionalised;
2/. True validity in this context is ecological. The main outcome is that it helps people develop practices that lead to action. Their activism validates the work beyond the anthropocentrism of institutions;
3/. Any accreditation process creates a generalised and homogenised form of pedagogy. This course is intended to help people find their own pedagogy of interrelationship.
We will evaluate our learning as we go and at the end of the course.
If you have any more questions please get in touch!