About this course
Wild Perspectives is a summer course on embodiment of “wild” perspectives on human-nature. In the course we reflect on our perspective on nature, our relationships with nature and the influences of these images and relations on human and non-human nature. The course includes workshops and excursions on nature images and perspectives, landscape immersion, wild writing, community supported agriculture and agroecology and on cultural history of the landscape. We work with meditation, writing, storytelling and theater techniques to practice embodiment of wild perspectives. For two days students go on a nature walk to immerse themselves in the landscape and reflect upon it. Overnight they stay in the forest together. Students work in teams on a creative assignment based on their summer course experiences that will be presented and evaluated during a campfire session on the last evening. Lastly, students submit a reflection assignment in which they also integrate literature and theory.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand, embody and reflect upon the human-nature relationship from a variety of ontological and epistemological perspectives and in different social and scientific domains;
- reflect upon their own connection to nature;
- embody different animal or plant perspectives to the landscape;
- express new gained perspectives through arts-based expression (storytelling, theatre);
- explain, understand and reflect upon theory and practice of nature connectedness, bushcraft, agroecology, community conservation and cultural history of landscapes.
Completed Bsc first year