Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Master of Arts in the Social Sciences

Master of Arts Program Objectives:

  • The student will develop competency in dealing with complex and contested issues,
  • The student will develop competency in civic literacy, public responsibility, and be able to apply creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions, and
  • The student will develop skills of self-reflection and the capacity to act with principled dignity.

Master of Arts Program Learning Outcomes

The Master of Arts signifies that the recipient has passed an integrated course of study in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities. Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts program, students will have met the following objectives:

  1. Creativity

Apply reflection, creative thought, and assessment skills in evaluating and transforming narratives into entirely new meaning that promote and support engagement in ethical, responsible and collaborative relationships.

  1. Communication

Analyze complex information from a variety of sources and perspectives and communicate findings in written and oral form using logical coherence, consistency, and creativity.

  1. Ecological & Civic Literacy

Demonstrate advanced capacity to develop and apply in practice intrinsic values of justice, beauty, and inclusivism within interdependent ecological, social, and economic systems that promote diversity, opportunity, and change.

  1. Ecopsychological Sensibility

Respond to interconnected ecological and sociological problems in our world; develop ecopsychological approaches and practices toward change in narrative, behavior, and practices underpinning these issues.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Viridis Graduate Institute will demonstrate the following Institutional Learning Outcomes & Core Competencies:

  1. Adaptive Leadership Capacity – An advanced ability to anticipate, detect, and adapt more consciously to changes in an organization, institution or society. Exhibit the capacity to make innovative contributions and assume leadership roles that promote the intelligent and humane application of the problem-decision-action cycle.
  2. Aesthetic Sensibility – An advanced sensitivity to relationships among the natural world, arts, symbolism, ritual, design, and human concerns and behavior. Develop a worldview imbued with aesthetics.
  3. Archetypal Psychology Knowledge – A capacity to identify, analyze, and elucidate images, symbols, metaphors, psychological complexes and other unconscious dynamics. Develop a capacity for self-reflection and engagement in intrapsychic, interpersonal, and collaborative relationships.
  4. Communication Competence – The ability to use the processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening and observing to effectively acquire, develop, and convey ideas and information. Communicate effectively to create a purposeful message designed to increase awareness or knowledge, to foster understanding, and to promote reflection and potential change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
  5. Creative and Critical Thinking – Qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate issues from a variety of distinct thought processes that include creativity, imagination, novelty, rationality, logic, and coherence.
  6. Ecopsychological Sensibility – Demonstrate a commitment to living a psychological life, to being active participants in a co-reciprocal ecological world that requires our attention, responsibility, and care.
  7. Integrity and Ecological Ethics – Develop an ecological ethics that continually questions and examines one’s integrity and how one should best live and act in relationship to self, others and the natural world with a conscious understanding of their consequences.
  8. Motivation for Lifelong Learning – Establish a commitment to explore, question, and deepen personal consciousness, expand their curiosity about the world we live in, and persist in educating one’s self throughout a lifetime.
  9. Personal Identity – Acquire a sense of personal worth, integrity, and self-confidence that arise from the experiences of studying the natural world, and diverse cultures as an effective vehicle for gaining a sense of one’s place in the world as an individual and global citizen.
  10. Professional Identity – Increase the knowledge, skills, and ecopsychological practices that can be utilized across all vocational sectors or industries, as their professional identity both parallels and supplements their educational and life goals of developing a sense of success in the world.