World religions provide followers with a path for ultimate meaning, but they also provide motivation for improving their world. This course explores how varying religions help implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The SDGs provide a framework for examining inspired peacemaking, in which individuals use their religion as reason to better the world. From religious nonprofits to daily practices to holy texts, this course examines how a variety of faith traditions uses their unique doctrines to aid sustainable development.
This course is meant to inspire greater interfaith understanding and respect, especially in regard to SDG implementation. Accordingly, the instructor has made sure a diverse range of belief systems is present, so as to reduce bias and increase holistic learning.
Some of the global and indigenous religions studied here include Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Inca, and Judaism, among others. Students will also have opportunities to find examples of other religions implementing the week’s assigned SDGs.
Note to students:
Note to parents:
- The structure of this course follows this plan: concept introduction, discussion of varying religions implementing SDGs, and research.
- If you have questions about whether this course is right for your child, please contact the instructor, Avalon Jade Theisen.
- Homework completion is expected. Expect 2 hours of homework per week, including notetaking and researching religions (of your student’s choosing) implementing SDGs.